Augenblick mal! 2013

Freitag, 26. April 2013 | GRIPS Podewil

Theater Marabu, Bonn
Heute: KOHLHAAS
nach Heinrich von Kleist mit Gedichten von Erich Mühsam
in einer Fassung von Claus Overkamp
Rechte beim Theater
in Koproduktion mit dem Agora Theater, St. Vith (Belgien)
ab 15 Jahren | 75 Minuten

Director: Claus Overkamp
Director: Kurt Pothen
Musical Direction: Gerd Oly
Stage and Costume Design: Céline Leuchter
Puppet Design: Céline Leuchter
Stage Design: Gerd Vogel, Atelier Held
Costume Design: Emilie Cottam
Actor(s): Marie-Joëlle Wolf (Koko), Matthias Weiland (Kaspar), Eno Krojanker (Kinz), Annika Serong (Lola), Roger Hilgers (Leo)
Musician(s): Roger Hilgers, Eno Krojanker, Annika Serong, Matthias Weiland, Marie-Joëlle Wolf
Technican: Judith Thelen

Synopsis:

Today: Kohlhaas

A group of jugglers are touring the country with their shows. In their luggage they carry instruments, puppets and a generous portion of earthy humour. The stories they tell deal with repression and arbitrary power, just like the

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Political theatre in the best sense of the word. The play presents a group of present-day travelling players who are staging an adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist's story of Michael Kohlhaas. It deals with the oppression by corrupt rulers. Nothing is simplified into banality. The complexity and complicity of the original story is retained and further underscored with poems by Erich Mühsam. Both the story and the lives of the travelling players are told by the company of five actors (two women and three men), with music and song and a twinkle in their eye, simultaneously fleet-footed and with a touch of melancholy. The show is poetic and political, coarse and clean. It's not about perfection and empty effects. On this stage nothing is new and highly polished.

The play and interplay between the characters in their many different roles and narrative forms works extraordinarily well. Time and time again images or scenes start off in a light-hearted, witty manner and then almost without noticing it we are suddenly thrown into a extremely serious situation which forces us to swallow our laughter.

The impressive overall picture is heightened by the musicality of the whole production and the quality of the musical presentation which features instruments and multipart singing.

The stories of Michael Kohlhaas and the travelling players are told simultaneously and without bias towards either side. All the players are constantly taking on new roles and their ensemble spirit makes the whole show more than the sum of its individual parts. We are continually confronted by parallel actions: whilst one person is doing one thing the next scene is already being prepared, and the two mesh seemingly accidentally yet perfectly with one another. All the performances are precise and unpretentious at the same time: wonderful.

Helmut Wenderoth, Curator

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