Professor Jonas Nesterval grew up in Vienna without a mother. Why did she leave him and what has it to do with her position in the social democratic movement in Vienna in the 1960s? In search for his mother’s legacy Prof. Nesterval built a testing facility and invites a very limited number of people (16 at a time), to get an intimate and immersive experience in a curious testing process. 

The project is a production that deals with the erosion of democratic structures and focuses on the fact that an ever-larger part of Europeans vote for populist or nationalist parties, and how fake-news shape our globalized coexistence. By playing with notions of gender, identity, high & pop culture the artists with a playful approach invite the audience to explore forms of expression together with the performers. The performance comes back the spectators to Vienna in the late 1960s, where a group of political activists built a city under the city’s surface. The proposed underground city is planned as a secret place, where, in fearful foresight, democratic and socialist values can be conserved. But due to a political wrongdoing the place was soon forgotten until 2019. The theatre collective Nesterval, since 2011, engages the audience in a concept that unites immersive theatre with game culture.

Artistic Residencies:

Novi Sad (October 2019) at SKCNS

Santander (January 2020) at Café de las Artes Teatro

Sansepolcro (February 2020) at Kilowatt

Wien (April) at brut – premiere: 15 April 2020

The Artists

Since 2011 the theatre collective Nesterval engages its audience in a concept that unites
immersive theatre with game culture. By playing with notions of gender, identity, high & pop culture
we invite our audience to explore forms of expression together with our performers. All productions
are site-specific and the enactment references the cultural, social, and historical aspects of the

Nesterval: Selected productions: Das Dorf (coproduktion with brut Wien, Oct/Nov 2018, encore
production Feb 2019), Das Festbankett (coproduktion with Wien Museum, Jan/Feb 2019),
Nesterval’s Dirty Faust (coproduktion with brut Wien, Oct-Dec. 2017, encore production Jan.
2018), Nesterval’s Struwwelpeter (, May 2018 and 26. spectrum Theaterfestival,
Neue Bühne Villach, July 2018), Die Heimkehr der Eleonore Nesterval (steirischer herbst, 2015),
Nesterval. Der letzte Ball (imagetanz, brut Wien 2016), Where the f*** is Alice (,
2017), Die Leiden der Gebrüder Grimm (25. spectrum Theaterfestival, Villach, 2017). Productions
with out institutional support: Die dunkle Weihnacht (Vienna, 2016) Zirkus der Schatten und
Zirkusblut (Vienna and Lower Austria, both 2017). Cooperations with streetlife festival (for ORF
radio FM4, 2015 & 2016), Mitten in Favoriten (2016), /slash – festival des fantastischen films (2014,
2015 & 2016).

Andrea Konrad studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (master class of Gunter Damisch).
She worked at the Vienna Opera, Theater an der Wien and since 2016 she collaborates with

Michael Simku studied art and digital media (Constanze Ruhm), at the Academy of Fine Arts,
Vienna, he finished his degree in 2016. His film The God of the Labyrinth was awarded with Best
Experimental/Hybrid at the AASFF (Austrian American Short Film Festival) in New York.

Cities of residency:
Novi Sad