Augenblick mal! 2011
Ohne Aufführungstermin | Ohne Spielort
von Nurkan Erpulat und Jens Hillje
nach dem Film 'La Journée de la jupe'
Pegasus Theater- und Medienverlag, Berlin
Eine Koproduktion mit der Ruhrtriennale
Ohne Altersangabe | 110 Minuten
Director: Nurkan Erpulat
Stage and Costume Design: Magda Willi
Dramaturgy: Jens Hillje
Music: Tobias Schwencke
Actor(s): Erol Afsin, Emre Aksizoglu, Sohel Altan G., Tamer Arslan, Rahel Johanna Jankowski, Gregor Löbel, Nora Abdel-Maksoud, Sesede Terziyan
This production explodes like a razor-sharp commentary into the highly emotional discussions on the theses put forward by Thilo Sarrazin. I have never experienced such an up-to-date piece of theatre as this one. An over-assimilated woman teacher brandishes a pistol at the worst students in her class, all of which refuse to be assimilated and can only speak in snatches of slang, and forces them to turn their attention to Schiller. Until, as Schiller says, "a person is only a complete person in the moment in which he is playing". There are wonderful moments where the school students appropriate another language, are forced into self recognition and transformed into model humanists. The production plays with the clichés and prejudices in our heads. It seems to confirm everything we think about young people from immigrant backgrounds. But by focusing our attention on these school kids it reflects our own latent racism: to such an extent that our laughter is choked with unease.
Nurkan Erpulat and Jens Hillje have turned the original film into a multifaceted intelligent play full of subversive humor. Here people relish in playing games with identities and the levels of play are continually interrupted aesthetically. Themes of migration and integration are 'declined' from different indigenous perspectives until they become grotesque. And the question of power is also put forward: what can the temporary power given by acquiring a weapon achieve in comparison to acquiring a language as means of empowering oneself? Everything comes together in a highly intensive, swiftly moving, atmospheric production. The actors give impressive emotional performances full of commitment. Despite all their excesses they continually suceed in moving us.
Werner Mink, Curator
'Crazy Blood' did not accept the invitation to the festival AUGENBLICK MAL! 2011.