The 10 Selected Productions

Schiff der Träume (And the Ship Sails On)

A European requiem
Based on Federico Fellini
Text version Karin Beier, Stefanie Carp, Christian Tschirner

Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg

Premiere Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg: 5 December 2015

Schiff der Träume (And the Ship Sails On)

Schiff der Träume (And the Ship Sails On). f.l.: Michael Wittenborn, Maurice Mustatea, Ibrahima Sanogo, Kathrin Wehlisch, Charly Hübner, Sayouba Sigué, Gotta Depri, Michael Seganzi, Patrick Joseph

© Matthias Horn

  • Duration 3h 15, one interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Public discussion on 7 May, following the performance

On the funereal “ship of dreams” (based on Fellini’s film about a sinking vessel) Karin Beier quotes Marthaler-moments with delicate irony (Marthaler’s performers Bettina Stucky, Rosemary Hardy, Sasha Rau and Joseph Ostendorf are members of her stunning crew) for an hour and a half - musical, whimsical and melancholy. The very best of German city theatre! Until composer Wolfgang and his symphony Human Rights No. 4 have been utterly dispatched posthumously by his malicious orchestra and the dust of a lovely culture of irony has flown from the urn. And then, a cut: Black performers, playing the role of refugees, enter the theatre ship, a gang of five (among them Gotta Depri and Michael Sengazi, two performers steeled in Gintersdorfer/Klaßen’s German-Ivorian shows). No more delicate lighting, no tenderly dripping music. They’re brash, loud, offensive and want to reach the upper decks. For the next hour and a half, their confident performance makes the funeral orchestra reel back and forth between humanitarianism and the preservation of their property, concluding in a dance that spans the cultures. The final self-abandonment of decadent Europeans? Not quite yet! We will have to continue working in this profoundly unsettled zone of goodwill, where the distribution of roles may well to be negotiated.

Directed by Karin Beier
Stage and costume design Johannes Schütz
Musical direction Jörg Gollasch
Choreographic assistance Valenti Rocamora i Torà
Lighting design Annette ter Meulen
Video Meika Dresenkamp
Dramaturgy Stefanie Carp, Christian Tschirner

Astrid Klein, waitress Lina Beckmann
Gotta Depri Gotta Depri
Alexander von Wegen, bass clarinet Yorck Dippe
Ethel Hebblethrait, soprano Rosemary Hardy
Karsten Schröder, triangle, associate conductor Charly Hübner
Nelly Morante, Klangstäbe Josefine Israel
Patrick Joseph Patrick Joseph
Thorsten Schilling, purser Jan-Peter Kampwirth
Cornelius von Ochs, special percussion Josef Ostendorf
Chanel Abramic, trumpet Sasha Rau
Ibrahima Sanogo Ibrahima Sanogo
Michael Sengazi Michael Sengazi
Sayouba Sigué Sayouba Sigué
Ada Morante, concert flute Bettina Stucky
Elena Schmidt, violin Kathrin Wehlisch
Tatì Weber, cello and vocals Julia Wieninger
Peter Bohlen, clarinet Michael Wittenborn

Ruben Jeyasundaram cello
Michael Leuschner trumpet
Maurice Mustatea violin
Yuko Suzuki percussion