A Korsakow Show presents an engaging and participatory format where the audience can choose pre-produced video clips on a specific topic, initiating a dialogue between experts on stage and the audience.
Appearing playful at first, a Korsakow-Show is serious format for discussions. At the center of a Korsakow Show is a Korsakow Film, with video clips that have been prepared for the topic of the venue. The audience votes collectively with laser pointers, which clip should come up next.
There are also two experts on stage. They do not influence the course of the film, their role is to comment and put into context, what can be seen in the video. Whenever an expert feels inspired, by what he sees on the screen, he pushes a button to turn on a light that indicates that he or she is now selectable by the audience. The audience now has the choice between another clip or the voice of the expert.
Additionally also the audience itself has the possibility to pipe up through different channels, like sending text or Twitter messages that are displayed instantaneously. Braver members of the audience can leave the anonymity of the crowed and walk up to the stage. There is a button, that a member of the audience can press. A light turns on – like the light for the expert – and this member of the audience makes itself selectable by the audience. Only after he or she is selected he or she gets speaking time.
The audience takes the seat of the moderator. The audience decides collectively what shall be seen, or what comment should be heard. There is no moderator that explains and simplifies the content for the audience.
Florian Thalhofer and Tobias Hülswitt developed this format initially for a series of 16 Korsakow Shows that took place at Münchner Kammerspiele – in 2008 and 2009. More than 40 Korsakow Shows have been performed since then.