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Trailer for “der die mann” © Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
der die mann. [Video trailer]

der die mann

Based on texts by Konrad Bayer

Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin

Direction, stage design Herbert Fritsch
Costume design Victoria Behr
Lighting design Torsten König
Musical direction Ingo Günther
Dramaturgy Sabrina Zwach

With
Florian Anderer
Jan Bluthardt
Werner Eng
Annika Meier
Ruth Rosenfeld
Axel Wandtke
Hubert Wild

dasderdiemannorchester
Ingo Günther
Michael Rowalska
Taiko Saito
Fabrizio Tentoni

Herbert Fritsch has done it again: A theatre that merges the art of abstraction and a celebration of actors. Featuring an artist of language whose love of rhythmic mindlessness is in no way inferior to Fritsch’s own: Viennese word-Dadaist Konrad Bayer, for whom language was sound, and meaning was a mere ancillary reverberation. Language divides and creates community. Fritsch’s wonderful performing brothers and sisters in spirit give each other words and take them back: a collective mumblemumble which suddenly leaves one of them behind to launch into a doleful aria of “Nobody helps me.” But that is not the final word, because here comes Karl! First one, then two, then seven Karls, “the entire Karl has gathered here”. And the final “a” in “Kaaaaarl” has a long echo and transitions straight into the rhythmically fraternizing “a and o” of a total abstraction of letters. One voice, one rhythm, one body – one blissful moment of utopia, fragile and strong.

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With English surtitles

Duration 1h 45, no interval

World premiere Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz: 18 February 2015

Public discussion on 15 May, following the performance