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Spatial music theatre | December 2019 | Nancy-Spero-Saal, Großer Saal and garden | HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts | Dresden
By and with: Laura Immler, Hannes Köpke, Ferdinand Nowitzky, Olivia Rosendorfer, Konstantin Sieghart, Maria Wang Kvalheim, Julius Zimmermann production manager: Veronika Wagner, Josephine Wosahlo set assistant: Viola Franke technics: Jakob Schneider
Was ist mehr zu viel als alles is about life against death. The large hall of the Festspielhaus Hellerau is completely white. Sand trickles from the ceiling, which is sucked away by small, glowing vacuum cleaner robots. Light shines through windows near the ceiling. Then techno and a catwalk with faceless models. Another, smaller room opens its doors: a baroque chamber music scene emerges with newspapers and champagne for everyone. The baroque room is slowly and steadily cleared out by three workers, each object gets vacuumed and archived in a gigantic plastic cube that previously fell from the ceiling. Nothing can stop the archivists and at some point they even archive themselves. A storm arrises, the first harbingers of the end of the world. One last long desperate monologue speaks trying to push the death away. Then the doors open to the rainy garden, where the performers dig hot vegetables out of the earth for the audience. The executioner's meal.
The task of reproducing what has been experienced seems just too impossible. This is not least due to the fact that observations are even more subjective here than in other forms of theater. [...] The point of view in the literal sense of the word could be changed at any moment by everyone being able to move freely in space. […] This experience, which one could exchange about undisturbed in the direct moment, had something unusual as well as liberating at the same time. It was precisely this openness and effortlessness, this non-staged happening, that made one think about what theater actually is [...].
(Rico Stehfest, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, 16th of December 2019)
The project was co-produced by HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts and was created in cooperation with TENZA Schmiede. The project was funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and by the City of Dresden - Office for Culture and Monument Protection. The project was also funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget decided by the members of the Saxon state parliament.