Augenblick mal! 2007

Freitag, 04. Mai 2007 | Theater an der Parkaue - Bühne 3

Kulturinsel Halle - Puppentheater
Ursel
von Guy Krneta
aus dem Berndeutschen von Uwe Dethier
Verlag der Autoren, Frankfurt am Main
Inszenierung von Studierenden der Hochschule für Schauspielkunst 'Ernst Busch' Berlin am Puppentheater Halle
ab 6 Jahren | 45 Minuten

Director: Moritz Sostmann
Stage and Costume Design: Atif Hussein
Dramaturgy: Ralf Meyer
Music: Sebastian Herzfeld
Actor(s): Claudia Acker (Erste Spielerin), Gundula Hoffmann (Zweite Spielerin), Sylvia Pendzik (Dritte Spielerin)

Synopsis:

Six year old Ursel is searching again for a private place to let her anger out. She is furious because she is constantly compared to her brother Urs who died before she was born. Urs is the measure for everything for her parents – they still even set t

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Acting and puppetry united as one form opens new dimensions for theatre text

The actors, dressed in white remind of friends and kindergarten teachers and equally of nurses and psychologists. They extend the context of the adult and societal environment presented in the play. They look for the girl, observe her, help her, stand helplessly beside her, laugh and cry with her – and each break into their own stories. Ursel, a doll with thin curls, a rather old looking face, wearing loafers and unfashionable skirt, is perplexing, and forces you to look twice. Something about her is different. When the actors give her a voice, a discrepancy can be noticed between her childish speech – using conscious and unconscious plays on words and the girl's outer appearance. Life has brought many challenges for Ursel, forcing her to grow up faster. However she still has the curiosity to get to know life. The doll needs at least one actor in order to come to life. This allows them to take on a wide variety of positions: one can sit with Ursel on the swing, and swing into the sky and dream, one can have a conversation with her from an adult role, one can pull back into an observer role – and always stay connected to her.

In front of a long, lightly floating and partially hidden white curtain is a fenced lawn. This miniature world with a swing, a sandbox, a washtub and a sand bucket is Ursel's world. Here, themes from life are played out: she creates a grave for her three year old brother from a single flower on the lawn, in order to tell what she experiences with her parents there on a regular basis. She takes notebooks and pens from her backpack in order to at least draw what her brother looked like. The stuffed animals born by her become birthday guests that are visiting Ursel to celebrate with her. When Ursel dreams of her own funeral her imagination causes the stage to become colourful and festive, demonstrating the girl's wish to be the centre of attention and to be taken seriously. In the end the stage looks like a 'battlefield' where the parental "clean up!" is expected, but one hopes for its absence. This light and entertaining production, in spite of its serious theme, makes us realize the burden a child sometimes has to carry and the responsibility each of us has, to notice and be there when needed.

Petra Fischer

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