Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

03/01/2024 | Press release | Archived content

World Premiere at the JKU’s Circus of Knowledge: WIR! A Solo Show. By, and featuring, Andreas Pfaffenberger and Martina Winkel

We live in a democracy - but what does that even mean? Just what is the collective "we"?

Andreas Pfaffenberger, photo credit: Nick Mangafas/ Circus of Knowledge

Upper Austrian puppeteer Andreas Pfaffenberger addresses these and other questions as part of his play, "WIR! A Solo Show", set to premiere at the JKU's Circus of Knowledge on March 9, beginning at 4:00 PM. Admission is based on voluntary donations; sign up in advance to attend by sending an e-mail to:, opens an external URL in a new window.

The Wels-born puppeteer and thespian, Andreas Pfaffenberger, has joined forces with director Martina Winkel to produce a new in-house performance. Pfaffenberger and Winkel have already teamed up to create several important productions at the Circus of Knowledge, including "MondTraum & PlanetenKlang", the highly successful performance about the life and times of astronomer Johannes Kepler. The duo has once again created a new and highly contemporary theatrical production at the JKU.

"WIR! A Solo Show" explores the history of democracy: Where does this form of coexistence that promises to give us all the same rights come from - and is this really the case?How do we want to co-exist?Who is in charge?

As the performers and audience explore the background stories behind these questions, the audience will encounter people and experiences spanning all epochs, ranging from Ancient Greece and the French Revolution, to what brought about the country we live in today. And we discover one thing above all: We have to constantly reinvent and redefine who we are.

A democratic society will always need heroes and heroines who take a stand, fight for the cause, and will continue to do so in the future. This is a subject that could not be timelier.

Circus of Knowledge performances open to the public: (World) premiere on Saturday, March 9, at 4:00 PM; additional performances on Saturday, March 16, at 4:00 PM, and on Monday, March 18, at 4:00 PM (each performance ends at 5:15 PM)

There are additional performance dates available for school classes. Admission to the Circus of Knowledge is based on voluntary donations. On account of limited seating, please sign up in advance to attend by sending an e-mail to:, opens an external URL in a new window.

Information about the performance: By, and featuring, Andreas Pfaffenberger and Martina Winkel; suitable for ages 12+