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Theatre project by Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)
Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg | Neues Cinema

Premiere Hamburg 24 April 2003

  • 1 h 30 min, without interval

Talk with the audience: Thu 13 May, 21:45
Venue: Hebbel am Ufer, HAU2

Various specialists from the business of death describe the balancing act between unease and handicraft, piety and sarcasm which the inevitable has in practical experience. A former mayor who has re-trained as an innovative cremation entrepreneur, a passionate funereal speechmaker, an embalmer, a cemetery musician and a stonemason recount and enact scenes about the authentic aspect of the procedures. That this results in an oppressive evening at the theatre and not in a “dying with dignity” workshop lies in the clever use of simple means which the three directors employ to set the amateur actors on the stage. This play offers a multitude of perspectives on the subject of death, without lecturing or evaluating.
Till Briegleb

Cast

Directed by, Stage Design, Video, Music Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)
Dramaturgy Imanuel Schipper
Lighting Design Björn Satzer

With
Olav Meyer-Sievers
Hilmar Gesse
Hans-Dieter Illgner
Alida Schmidt
and an anonymous funeral musician

Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg / Neues Cinema in co-production with schauspielhannover, Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) Berlin, Burgtheater Vienna