Staged Reading

Die Benennung der Tiere

By Leon Engler (Austria)
Staged Reading

  • 1h, no interval
  • In German

Past Dates

THU 10 May 2018, 21:00, Kassenhalle
Artist talk with Leon Engler and Li Lorian

THU 10 May 2018, 15:30, Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Invention of a Nightmare – workshop with Leon Engler

In “Die Benennung der Tiere (The Naming of Animals)”, Leon Engler takes a narrative risk: An overweight food-tester slips on a slice of pork liverwurst and ends up helpless on the subway tracks. He is taken for a holy whale who must be saved so that he can spew the EU out of the sea of sadness and into a happy life. In this constellation, Engler achieves an exuberantly imaginative grotesque of happiness so funny, so peculiar, so precise in its rhythm, so consistent and so entertaining in its content that he can unload a whole wagon-load of terrible puns into the whale’s track-bed without his spectators ever losing the feeling that they are dealing with an astonishingly developed, genre-aware and assertive author’s voice.
Dimitrij Schaad

Scenic Arrangement Branko Janack
Dramaturgy Maria Nübling
Cast Eray Eğilmez, Matti Krause, Stefanie Rösner, Elena Schmidt, Daniel Sträßer, Birgit Unterweger