Augenblick mal! 2011

Samstag, 14. Mai 2011 | Theater an der Parkaue - Bühne 2

Zwinger3 Kinder- und Jugendtheater, Theater und Orchester Heidelberg
Frühlings Erwachen! (Live Fast – Die Young)
von Nuran David Çalis
nach Frank Wedekind
S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main
ab 13 Jahren | 90 Minuten

Director: Dominik Günther
Stage and Costume Design: Heike Vollmer
Dramaturgy: Valerie Laubenheimer
Actor(s): Joanna Kapsch (Wendla), Dominik Knapp (Hans), Kerstin Ohlendorf (Martha), Cédric Pintarelli (Moritz), Theresa Rose (Ilse), Ulf Schmitt (Melchior)


Melchior, Moritz, Wendla and the others are a clique. They are young and ready for everything life has to offer – ready to break out from the oppressive world of their parents. They dance to Lady Gaga, smoke and experiment with sex. Hans kisses Moritz,


A ramp, a small pool, a room plant. Nothing disturbs our view of these young people and nothing protects them. But they don't want that anyway. And the production doesn't want it either. It shows six people shortly before they dive into life: and their frequently hard landing. For no one is there to catch them. Nor do they catch each other. Each of them is busy trying to find out who they are and how they have come to be what they are. The others are somehow overlooked. Or only needed for self-affirmation. Each character is trying to fulfil an image coming from somewhere outside: television, the internet, or comics. This image helps them to survive in the face of others. But how can they rid themselves of it? The characters are continually switching between an image which they want to live up to and their attempts to show what they really are.

But what do other people want to see? Anyone who reveals their real self is liable to be hurt. Parents play scarcely any role at all in Nuran David Çalis's adaptation of Wedekind's play. Even when the young people are struggling to come to terms with their surroundings and their problems at home, there are no longer any real boundaries. But what can we do with the freedoms we have gained? The young people experiment with dreams, violence and sex in their search to find themselves. Thus the play becomes an exemplary study of youth and human needs. Time and time again the production succeeds in giving us flashes of great moments of clarity and depth. The stage is a space full of associations and focuses our attention on the players who are a major strength in this production. The director Dominik Günther has honed every character to a sharp precision. He starts with clichés and exaggerates them to the boundaries of pain. This results in something very special: a process of formalisation which is nonetheless authentic, serious and ironically distant. This is a real stroke of luck for young people's theatre. It is often loud and brash, but nonetheless astute.

Christof Lappler, Curator

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