Augenblick mal! 2001

Sonntag, 6. Mai 2001 | GRIPS Theater

Figurentheater Chemnitz
Die Katze
von Horst Hawemann
nach Motiven von Rudyard Kipling
henschel Schauspiel Theaterverlag, Berlin
ab 7 Jahren | 60 Minuten

Director: Anne Frank
Puppets: Sabine Tischmeier
Stage Design: Peter Gemarius de Kepper
Dramaturgy: Martin Morgner
Actor(s): Cornelia Fritzsche (Katze), Bertram Kemmler (Hund, Pferd, Kuh, Tiger), Martin Vogel (Frau, Mann, Kind, Erzähler)


How uncannily wild it is in the wilderness! In the jungle, pets are wild. As if they had never been domesticated. Humans are wild. The tiger even more so. And then there's that cat... "Don't even ask. I'm not coming. I'll never join in. I do what I wan


... the irresistibly playful beginning immediately grabs our attention. The Narrator feels responsible for the correct flow of the story, his colleagues, however, keep trying to go off in new directions. If you're talking about a wilderness, after all, you have to act it out, don't you? Right from the start, the animals make it clear to the audience – and the Narrator – what this play is about: the untameable wilderness. Then again... This is a play on fiction and reality. Time and again during the story, the performers discard all respect for rules and re-conquer the authenticity of the stage: vivaciously, courageously, absolutely. It gets you hooked. Plenty of scenes can be boiled down to this mechanism. But wait! We don't want to spoil the experience. You have to be there. So the taming of the wild and their wilderness is the focal point. Tamed by a woman, naturally. Naturally?! It almost seems that way in this production. First, we get to know the animals: Cow, Horse, Dog and Cat. The first three come across as somewhat half-hearted, clinging their pet phrases "Think so", "Could be" and "Sure thing", while Cat stays true to her peculiarities. She doesn't do what one expects of her, she talks back, holds her own. Then Tiger crops up – the wildest of the wild – loud, roaring, clumsy, even a little the country hick. That is, by no means artful. Trickiness is Cat's turf. Playfully poking fun in well-measured doses, Cat tickles and teases the awareness, keeping a distance and a sharp perception.

Enter the Man. Woman puts him in a row with Cow, Horse and Dog. She wants to tame them all. She builds a home: there's a door, a fire, a pot with food in it. The taming can begin. Woman sparks Man's fascination: for her, for her kisses, for love. Nothing has to be dictated, she trusts the power of the Unknown and the New to work their spell on Man. Now it's the animals' turn, lured in with their favourite foods. Only Cat seems able to maintain a free will, asking herself if she really wants to join this family, join their home. She resists the bribery, refuses to be talked into anything. Sure you get your food, but then you have to keep watch over the house, pull the plough, let yourself be milked. Cat has something else in mind... The performances are impressive. Neither puppet nor performer walks away unscathed. Disrespectfully puppets are cast over shoulders like handbags. And the performers start fighting again about the course of the story...

Karola Marsch

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