10 | 2007
October 03–04, 07
Wed–Thurs, October 24 –25, 07
Werk 2 HIMALAYA and Werk 7 SPEICHER
Monodramas at ZKM_Cube, 8 p.m., admission: €10/8
In cooperation with the Werkraum Karlsruhe and the Schauspiel
Staatstheater Stuttgart, the ZKM will show the monodramas »HIMALAYA« and »SPEICHER« by
Christopher Maas. With these two pieces, the author and director turns to the
problem of the individual in postmodern society. The hero’s world in
the ballad »HIMALAYA« is cold, lonely, highly dynamic—and
in the end, unreal. He doesn’t feel it and it doesn’t feel him.
He comes from a well-off family and walks through life on precut paths. He
goes to school, studies, graduates, marries, and begins his career in upper
management. He never left the sofa on which he phlegmatically let his youth
pass by– »surrounded by wood-chip wallpaper, grand, like the Himalaya.« Nothing
tempts or frightens our hero from this cocoon. On the contrary, at the center
of »SPEICHER« is the story of a person who grows up without any
family ties whatsoever. Based on outer circumstances she constantly reinvents
them: her origins, her past, her history. Her life becomes a story subject
to constant revision. Emerging are fragmented, episodic memories of things
that occurred and things that never occurred. The integration of episodic memories
in a sensible continuum is a necessary show of strength that requires creativity.
Perhaps this act of integration is the beginning of art?
With Jannek Petri and Bernd Gnann, Music Schneider TM, design: