Hamburg, November and December 2014/2015. The 21st UN Climate Change Conference, COP 21, will take place in Paris on 30 November - 11 December 2015. The annual climate conferences - "Conferences of the Parties" (COP) - are political and media major events with its own structure and dramaturgy. A struggle for numbers and formulations, alliances are forged, action plans are implemented - and much is being negotiated in small groups "outside" the main plenary.
The artists' collective 'Rimini Protokoll' has created a three-hour model-like simulation, summarizing what takes place in the real world in three weeks. The audience assumes the positions of the delegates; they meet for plenary in the great hall of the Schauspielhaus, go in small groups through the entire theatre to country- and theme-specific meetings. They are guided by eighteen experts from climate research institutions (e.g. from the Alfred Wegener Institute), from politics and from public organizations, presenting the background and facts about the struggle for an international climate policy. How are resolutions at a climate change conference adopted? How is the voting, and how do the 196 delegations make unanimous decisions? How are individual countries deliberately ignored? What delegations are the blockers - the dinosaurs of the day?
In the "World Climate Conference" at the Schauspielhaus viewers do not only get the essential facts from the experts, they can experience especially the conflicts, the discourse of the conflicting opinions and interests. Each performance will be adapted to the current situation of the negotiations between and during the climate conferences, so that every night discussions and negotiations will be up to date.
The premiere took place in 2014 while the UN Climate Change Conference was held in Lima.