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D.A.R.K. - The Universe in a Rice Cooker

A Kind of Comedy, by Michael Scheidl

A co-production by the Circus of Knowledge and netzzeit.

Produced in partnership with the Tangible Music Lab at the Linz University of Art..


Suitable for ages 14+

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A 'dinner for two' turns into a trip to a climate-changed world of tomorrow, in which a rice cooker isn't even just a rice cooker anymore. Or was it always like that?

But at least humans still have a role in this future: In this comedy, what is fact and what is fiction takes Austria's youngest public prosecutor and her biologist boyfriend on an unintentional journey through time, a whole century ahead, into an uncertain future. Should we humans still even have children, or is it already too late? Just how wonderful is artificial intelligence? Is it better than we are? And just how dangerous? Are there any people left who are of any use? And if so, what for?

This situation comedy addresses these and other questions relating to climate change that are already changing us - and will continue to change us, along with those around us, and our environment.

A glimpse into the future that awaits those under 30, somewhere between sugar-coating and pessimism, and where the probability resides that we can very well have an impact, for better or worse. And - despite everything - can also give us a lot to laugh about: especially about ourselves.

This production was produced during a residency as part of our STARTS project GRIN.

Text and stage direction: Michael Scheidl
Set: Nora Scheidl
Score/medley: Enrique Mendoza
Pneumatic sound sculpture: Michael Kramer
Visuals: Max Scheidl
Assistant director: Alex Riff
Dramaturgical consulting: Hans Escher

"The Universe" - Eszter Hollosi
"Miranda" - Julia Frisch
"Georg" - Max J. Modl
"Homo Utilis" - Eric Lingens


Performances for School Classes

Monday, February 5, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Thursday, February 8, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Friday, February 9, 2024 | 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Monday, February 12, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Performances Open to the Public

  • Friday, February 2, 2024 | 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
    On account of illness, the premiere has been postponed to Tuesday, February 6, beginning at 7:00 PM (the performances for school classes will take place as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday).

  • Saturday, February 3.2.2024 | 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
    On account of illness, the performance has been cancelled (performances for school classes scheduled on Monday and Tuesday will take place).

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2024 | 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    World Premiere
    In collaboration with Verein Campus 4.0.
    Followed by a discussion about climate change | 8:15 PM to 9:30 PM
    In partnership with the JKU Office for Sustainability A discussion featuring:
    Madeleine Sachsenhofer, Austrian Student Union Climate Office
    Kathi Gruber, city of Linz' Environmental Dept, Scientists for Future
    and performers from D.A.R.K.
    Moderated by: Klaus Buttinger (OÖN)

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