Staged Reading

Lauf und bring uns dein nacktes Leben

By Rainer Merkel (Germany)
Staged reading
Stückemarkt IV

© Rainer Merkel

  • 1h, no interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Artist Talk with Rainer Merkel, Bonn Park and Tine Rahel Völcker
following the performance of

THU 11 May 2017, 18:00, Haus der Berliner Festspiele
You Stink! Trauma und Demokratie in Beirut
Workshop with Rainer Merkel
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Sierra Leone, a country ravaged by years of civil war, is the location of Rainer Merkel’s first play. His European perspective does not grant us a voyeuristic peek at the “naked, hard realities” of this country. Instead, we look back at Europe, as the text sketches an impressively precise portrait of the microcosm of NGOs in the field and coolly outlines the relationship between Europe and Africa. At times, the character risk their lives, losing themselves in “the other”, at others, they become entrenched in their own cynicism. Merkel’s play confronts us with the question of whether Europeans might not simply have been promoting ideology, selfishness and masochism for centuries, as colonialists or as post-colonialists.
Christina Zintl

Scenic arrangement Friederike Heller
Dramaturgy Ralf Fiedler

With Jule Böwe, Andreas Döhler, Christoph Gawenda, Ulrich Hoppe, Katrin Wichmann