Augenblick mal! 2005

Donnerstag, 28. April 2005 | carrousel Theater - Kulissenlager

Junges Ensemble Stuttgart (JES)
von Gitte Kath und Jakob Mendel
aus dem Dänischen von Volker Quandt
Harlekin Verlag, Tübingen
ab 6 Jahren | 50 Minuten

Director: Brigitte Dethier
Dramaturgy: Thomas Richhardt
Music: Roman Riklin
Actor(s): Peter Rinderknecht (Landstreicher)


What is happiness? When are you happy? Can you hold it and keep it? What comes after happiness? Difficult questions, which the man in 'Nebensache' contemplates. The man who lives somewhere in the corner with his newspaper that serves as his bed, and hi


The farmer reminds us of the fisherman and his wife. The humble happiness they had in the beginning gets blurred by the novelty of material wealth, until in the end they lose even the roof over their heads. The only difference is that 'Nebensache' is not a fairytale. The story told is a very current one, about a farmer who becomes loses everything and ends up a hobo. Not even his acquired wealth: car, swimming pool, horse can keep his marriage from falling apart, his family from breaking up. Looking back, you ask yourself: what in life is really important? What are the major points and what falls beside the point?

The production uses the analytical technique of playing with authentic elements to make the viewer have to guess what is real and what is played. The audience member gradually realizes that this bum in the corner is actually the farmer and that he is telling his own story. The set concept, acting style and dramaturgy play an important role. In one corner, between plastic bags, the viewers discover a homeless man. The set up in the space creates, however there is a certain uncertainty that remains in the audience. The rather dark person gets dressed in the immediate space of the audience and gathers his few belongings. Nothing is said for several minutes. Until finally a warm voice breaks the uncomfortable silence "Could you help me?", the man asks a child in the first row. As the child is asked to follow him onto the stage and hold his shaving mirror, a fainthearted dialogue ensues: He asks the child about his name, age, siblings, and pets and tells the same. The child is allowed to go back to his seat, the man collects himself and announces, "I am going to tell you a story!"

The story of the farmer begins. With the assistance of the audience the farm scene appears out of an accordion case. The children are asked to add elements to the story, they whiney, cluck, and bark. The man reacts to the children sometimes strictly, sometimes like a teacher, sometimes irritated. This is no friendly fairytale uncle. This is a serious story. The children's participation and the form in which this production takes place is carried by the acting of Peter Rinderknecht. The already described scene-setting up to the beginning of the actual story makes it impossible for the audience member to just sit back and watch. The audience gets involved through the changing roles: as soon as one child goes on stage and becomes an actor, having to relate private details about his family, the other audience members realize that they too may have to get involved. This uncertainty heightens the attention level and increases the effect of the ensuing story of the homeless farmer. The play 'Nebensache' and its protagonist Peter Rinderknecht are not discoveries. However, impulses come not only from the new and the young, rather also, as in this case, from experienced artistic works.

Geesche Wartemann

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