Augenblick mal! 2009

Freitag, 8. Mai 2009 | Theater an der Parkaue - Bühne 3

Theater Couturier & Ikkola, Berlin
Ente, Tod und Tulpe
von Martina Couturier (Idee)
nach dem gleichnamigen Buch von Wolf Erlbruch
Verlag Antje Kunstmann, München
ab 5 Jahren | 60 Minuten

Director: Jörg Lehmann
Puppet Design: Sabine Köhler
Costume Design: Gaby Keuneke
Music: Marie Elsa Drelon
Actor(s): Martina Couturier (Tod), Heiki Ikkola (Ente)
Musician(s): Marie Elsa Drelon


Duck enjoys life, has fun, and splashes happily in her pond – and yet she feels that she is being followed, by death. Death, however, sees his job more as a necessary evil, and he does not take the duck immediately. Indeed, Death seems to be a likeable


At the beginning, it's all about Duck. It's early morning, she's trying to ignore the alarm clock, doesn't want to get up. I'm fascinated from the very start by how quickly the children in the audience fall silent and get involved in the story, and by how quickly I can relate to the figure. And then there's the question: (Where) Was that in the book? Wolf Erlbruch's wonderful description of the meeting between Duck and Death, narrated in short dialogues, is a series of scenes with few stations and a logical ending: Duck dies. Before this happens, Duck and Death get to know each other better. They climb a tree together. "Will the pond still be down there when I am dead", Duck asks. And "Is it only good ducks that go to heaven?"

Jörg Lehmann's production of 'Duck, Death and Tulip' follows the mood and story of the original book, while at the same time going beyond it, developing thoughts and filling the gaps in the story. Duck and Death become individuals, dialogues with subtle ironies give them human characteristics. Death cheats at stone throwing, which results in a rebuke from Duck. Later, sitting in the deckchair, Duck looks at holiday slides. The link between the characters and the play makes possible the movements which, of course, are missing in the book. Heiki Ikkola's Duck is feisty, loves life, and asks a lot of questions. Martina Couturier plays Death in a reserved way, yet is clearly curious about Duck's life. Marie Elsa Drelon's music unobtrusively accompanies and comments on the story against the background of the unostentatious stage and its everyday objects. 'Duck, Death and Tulip' is a play with tempo, yet also one which has its quiet and moving moments. Duck's holiday photos show us that Death is always present, but the photos are also proof of a fulfilled life. Death's farewell present introduces us to Tulip, about to accompany Duck on her final journey.

Jürgen Becker

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