Mariano Pensotti / Grupo Marea

A unique form of Gesamtkunstwerk combining acting, installation and music: Mariano Pensotti builds a village into the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Diamante. Trailer

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  • 5 h 30 min, two intervals
  • In German and Spanish, with German surtitles

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It’s as if all the fragments of Büchner’s play “Woyzeck” were being performed simultaneously in a vast hall. Spectators move between locations and connect the scenes together into a play of their own. Something like this, only with a contemporary story, is what happens in the performance of Mariano Pensotti’s grand parable about the growth of Argentinian society: “Diamante” is a model play about a model society. In a walk-through environment of elaborately co-ordinated scenes performed in parallel the audience experience social change in a workers’ settlement on the edge of the jungle. This is a special place: around 100 years ago, according to this fiction by writer, film director and theatremaker Mariano Pensotti, it was constructed in northern Argentina by the German industrialist Emil Hügel for his coal and steel company “Goodwind”.

Now Diamante is a kind of Silicon Valley in the jungle and the audience of this play encounter its inhabitants in the Festspielhaus in between their homes – they live and party with them, spend six hours watching them for like their own neighbours and see how in the course of a year this model society turns into a place of violence: communal physical exercises and community concerts give way to hold-ups and xenophobia. The factory’s proud workers gradually become service providers, the sense of community disappears and young people start to look for their own forms of escape.

Mariano Pensotti places stories on stage in a mix of reality and fiction presented as a kind of Gesamtkunstwerk made up of acting, installation and music. Within the opulent set for this production audience members navigate their own route through the lives of its many inhabitants. Mariano Pensotti not only recounts the history of the private city of Diamante in Argentina, but also makes clear just how individually every biography turns out in this political scenario, how many small decisions ultimately lead to a broader history that represents the crossroads at which our own society now stands.

Text, Direction Mariano Pensotti
Stage, Costumes Mariana Tirantte
Music Diego Vainer
Lighting Alejandro Le Roux
Artistic Production Florencia Wasser

Gode Benedix, Niels Bormann, Cornelia Dörr, Javier Drolas, Marie Eick-Kerssenbrock, Bettina Engelhardt, Gaby Ferrero, Santiago Gobernori, Martin Horn, Julian Keck, Pavel Kovalenko, Moritz Krainz, Cristián Lehmann Carrasco, Charlotte Müller, Juliana Muras, Tonio Schneider, Judith Seither, Maximilian Strestik, Jonathan Tribe, Chris Urwyler, Martin Weigel, Michael Witte, Chen Yan

Julie Carle‘, Pia Eissing, Jax Engel, Salome Manyak, Tamian Prey

Assistant Director: David Schnägelberger, Pipo Tafel
Production Management: Benjamin Koziol
Technical Director: Florian Schneider
Artistic Realisation Stage Design: Christian ‚Wenzel‘ Hahn, Vladislav Tchapanov
Stage Managers: Harald ‚Dutsch‘ Adams, Benjamin Brandt, Juliane Schüler
Stage Technicians: Pierre Joel Becker, Sibille Casper, Oliver Dahlitz, Johanna Gierl, Victor Haberkorn, Jakob Hunkler, Fred Langkau, Ricardo Lashley, Anne le Livre, Mirko Neugart, Jason Osayi, Sven Reinisch, René Schäfges, Manuel Solms
Artistic Realisation Lighting Design: Janine Reich
Lighting Masters: Carsten Meyer (head), Petra Dorn, Boris Meier, Thomas Schmidt
Lighting: Christian Benz, Kathrin Kausche, Mathilda Kruschel, Jerry Pollerhof, Friedrich Schmidt, Sachiko Zimmermann Taima, Bastian Vogel
Sound and Video Masters: Manfred Tiesler, Arne Vierck
Sound and Video: Delil Aziz, Detlef Feiertag, Florian Fischer, Jörn Groß, Stefan Höhne, Tilo Lips
Artistic Realisation Props: Martin Pöschlmayer
Props: Karin Hornemann (head), Ivan Jovanovic, Jelena Marinkovic, Leo Rende
Costume: Monique van den Bulck & Vicky Roter (head), Miriam Blaich, Marcus Barros Cardoso, Laetitia Tshombe
Make-up: Manuela Jacob (head), Judith Gerdsmeier
General Manager of Venue: Karsten Neßler
Stage Manager: Katja Kieselwalter
Kids Casting & Care: Eva Plackner

A premiere of the Ruhrtriennale 2018. The performances in Berlin are a co-production of Berliner Festspiele / Immersion, Wiener Festwochen and the Grand Theatre Groningen.

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