Augenblick mal! 2011

Montag, 16. Mai 2011 | Hebbel am Ufer - HAU 2

Junges Ensemble Stuttgart (JES)
Nach Schwaben, Kinder!
von Christian Schönfelder
Theaterstückverlag Brigitte Korn-Wimmer & Franz Wimmer (GbR), München
ab 11 Jahren | 95 Minuten

Director: Klaus Hemmerle
Stage and Costume Design: Tilo Steffens
Dramaturgy: Christian Schönfelder
Music: Frank Kuruc
Actor(s): Sarah Kempin (Amrei, Rita, Bäuerin Käthe), Reinhold Ohngemach (Toni, Lehrer Lämmle, Otto, Saubauer), Alexander Redwitz (Vater Veit, Hubert, Loisl, Knecht Alfons, Luser Bauer), Gerd Ritter (Ignaz, Ullerich, Hans, Bauer Josef), Sabine Zeininger (Mutter Leni, Joanna, Lieselotte, Kooperator, Wirt)
Musician(s): Django Hödl


1882 in the Tyrol. The barren meadows of the Alpine valleys are unable to provide enough food. So at the end of the winter the five children, Amrei, Toni, Hans, Johanna and Laisl are sent on a hard journey through snow and ice to Swabia. No sooner have


The first scene shows a peasant family from the Tyrol in the year 1882. They are desperately poor and a few crusts of bread is not enough to feed the three children. The father sees no option. The children must leave home for seven months and be sold off as workers in the rich area of Upper Swabia. The actors speak their parts in genuine Tyrolean and Swabian dialects. In this way the audience gets a direct impression of the clash between two alien cultures, the two dialects become metaphors for the meeting of people who are foreign to one another. Using only a very few means the scene changes and the actors take their places in a classroom in Ravensburg. The teacher attempts to enlighten his class about Tyrolean children, but the Swabian children don't want to know anything about the hunger of the Tyroleans. Instead they mindlessly repeat the things they have learned from their parents: these children are stupid because they don't go to school and can't speak properly.

This is where racism begins. Our own culture is seen as something good and anything exotic is regarded as being worthless. The Swabians have no worries about keeping the Tyrolean children as cheap slaves. We enter the world of adults whose behaviour is driven by egoism and who are uninterested in the sufferings of others. But thanks to their curiosity their children succeed in overcoming their prejudices. 'Off to Swabia, children!' is more than a graphic and artistically challenging history lesson. The confrontation with the living conditions of children in the 19th century allows the audience to take a distant view of their own world. The use of mobile phones and the party atmosphere on the ski slope hold up a mirror to the children in which they can recognize their own material wealth. For this reason young audiences can be sure that such touchy themes like child labour, poverty, migration and xenophobia are still problems today.

Tanja Spinger, Curator

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