A Social Convention

«Imagine a picture of your twelve best friends having a last supper together, sitting at a wooden table eating your favourite dish. Imagine all your friends and acquaintances gathered together in a forest cabin chatting about you. How would you like that? They might suddenly decide to play some Thugger tunes at full blast for you. And what do you think of the Prosecco they’re drinking?»


Based on his experience of mourning and the history of funeral rites, Oliver Roth appropriates the codes applied to such events. But rather than pursue the question of the deceased, While You Were Dead – A Social Convention focuses on the living. If funerals are well and truly a moment of togetherness, can’t they also be festive?


A performance by Oliver Roth / In cooperation with Demian Jakob, Daniela Ruocco, Pablo Weber, Rabea Grand / Mentoring by Yan Duyvendak / Further cooperation and thanks to Jessica Huber, James Leadbitter, Balz Isler, Moritz Lehner / Produced by General Performances and

far° festival des arts vivants Nyon / With support of Migros Kulturprozent, Burgergemeinde Bern, Fondation Nestlé pour L‘Art, Dampfzentrale Bern, Gessnerallee Zürich, Nacht der 1000 Fragen Biel and Tanzhaus Zürich


15+16/8/2016 : far° festival des arts vivants Nyon

15/10/2016 : Nacht der 1000 Fragen Biel/Bienne

1-3/12/2016 : Tanzhaus Zürich (Réunion)

28+29/11/2017 : ROXY Birsfelden

Photos: ©AnneLaureLechat