Oliver Zahn is a theatre maker. He created a trilogy of “situations”, the parts of which are touring successfully. For SITUATION WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARM, he is nominated in 2015 as Best Emering Artist in Theater Heute’s critics poll. Other works include “Oh How Lovely is the Evening” (2016), a work about (post-)colonial cultures of remembrance, as well as the Lecture Performance MINSTRELSY with Julian Warner and several publications. 2015 he founded the association for artistic research HAUPTAKTION together with Hannah Saar and Julian Warner.
HAUPTAKTION is an association for artistic research formed around the producer Hannah Saar, the cultural anthropologist Julian Warner and the theatre maker Oliver Zahn. HAUPTAKTION studies theatrical practices using ethnography, archive-based-research and embodiment and has an output of texts, theatre, lectures. Theatre works include SITUATION WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARM (on the cultural history of the „Nazi salute“-gesture) and SITUATION WITH DOPPELGÄNGER (on minstrel dance, cultural appropriation and imitation). These pieces are theatrical essays, situated between choreography and historical study. They are being presented internationally. The name HAUPTAKTION is taken from the practice of German-speaking travelling theatres.