Augenblick mal! 1999

Dienstag, 27. April 1999 | Schiller Theater Werkstatt

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Theater Marabu, Bonn
Das Wasserkind
von Tina Jücker, Claus Overkamp, Marcel Cremer
Rechte beim Theater Marabu
ab 6 Jahren | 50 Minuten

Director: Marcel Cremer
Stage Design: Theater Marabu
Costume Design: Regina Bolte
Music: Mandolinenorchester Piesport 'Lyra e.V.'
Actor(s): Tina Jücker (Hanna), Claus Overkamp (Jakob)


This play is about Jacob, a 'water child', that doesn't want to become an adult. Jacob grew up on the Mosel, his parents' house so close to the river you could "spit in the water from the kitchen window". The water is Jacob's friend and play companion.


"Father Rhine's wife is Mrs. Mosel..." sing Tina Jücker and Claus Overkamp to a three-quarter beat, their voices full of fervour and vibrating wistfully. The mandolin sounds a little off, the colourful chain of lights looks like it was taken straight from a pleasure boat, if it hasn't happened already, this is point when the heart of the Rhineland audience melts, and, as if obeying a command, they begin swaying back and forth to the music. In the back row a few chuckles can be heard. From a safe distance, one still has the composure to wonder whether this is meant to be funny or truly moving. This piece is everything at once: funny, moving, tragic, down-to-earth, off-in-the-clouds, poetic, factual. Together, the director Marcel Cremer and the two performers have created a completely new style of regional theatre, which is just as different from traditional boulevard theatre as it is from new folk theatre in the style of Kroetz and Turrini...

The performers have taken memories and anecdotes of their region and compiled them into a narrative theatre piece. Fond attachment to the region is not made an issue nor is it criticised. The feelings portrayed allow the audience to explore their own attachment to the region of their childhood: they can join in the remembering, the yearning, the laughter at bygone naiveté. The connecting thread is the use of materials which may be region-specific, but serve beautifully as a catalyst for association. There are the quirky paths each person takes, stories and songs from Piesport/Mosel but also everyday objects which outline a universal feeling of home: the metal wine-harvesting barrel acts as a well, the crate filled with slender Mosel bottles depicts the cellar, a mountain of soil is the garden that gets washed away when the river floods. Across the mire, the water child's mother builds a path with dark brown wooden planks, just as his wife will when he's older...

Andrea Gronemeyer

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