Augenblick mal! 2009

Samstag, 9. Mai 2009 | Theater an der Parkaue - Bühne 2

Thalia Theater Hamburg
von Holger Schober
Verlag Autorenagentur, Berlin
Deutsche Erstaufführung
ab 13 Jahren | 75 Minuten

Director: Dominik Günther
Stage and Costume Design: Oliver Helf
Dramaturgy: John von Düffel
Music: Helena Ratka
Actor(s): Ole Lagerpusch (H.)
Video: Helena Ratka


'Hikikomori' is a Japanese word meaning 'withdrawal from social life' and the deliberate decision to do this. For months, H. has shut himself away in his room with several computers. The internet is his last link to the outside world: surfing, playing


H. is played by Ole Lagerpusch, who has been a member of the Thalia Theater ensemble since 2006. No, 'played' is the wrong word – 'lived' would be more appropriate. The audience gets to know this dropout from society through a tremendously fast dynamic, sudden quiet notes, and a physicality which extends to elements of dance in front of video and shoot-'em-up games on a screen. On occasion you could feel that you are really getting inside his head and sharing his experiences of the compulsions of his earlier life, the pressure on him to succeed, his longing for love, and his completely overwhelmed mother. The stage set is a raised, cell-like platform which Ole Lagerpusch completely dominates every moment of the play, with himself, his thoughts, his doubts and his hopes. In fact, the play was originally intended for three actors, but Dominik Günther, the stage director, has turned it into a play which is tailor-made for Lagerpusch.

In seemingly improvised conversations, H. turns to the audience, casting doubt on the internal monologue which he is presenting in public. Yet time and again, the audience's presence, curiosity and voyeurism open up the longed-for intimacy of the cell. On the internet, personal thoughts are available for anyone to access. This is a production which totally captivates the audience, thanks to Lagerpusch's superb acting and the powerful and yet insightfully presented text, punctuated with humour and self-irony and complete devotion to the figure to be portrayed.

Signe Buhse

In 2008, 'Hikikomori' was nominated for the 'Faust Prize'.

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