Four train passengers - are they people, are they animals? - meet in a sleeping car compartment. They get to know each other, they settle in, they share their delicacies. Their destination, they realize, is the same: Muriel, Eddie, Igor and Siggi are hibernators. They travel to the north, to Svalbard, to a place where it is not yet so hot, where you can still sleep despite climate change; if possible, for a whole winter. But the utopia of deep sleep has its price: it requires vigilance. You have to regularly fluff the pillows and be careful not to fall asleep too early! Problems that keep you awake could be a good solution. And is everything going well on the train? Meanwhile, the landscape whizzes past the window, the journey to the non-place of deep sleep becomes a cinematic experience, a flickering dream of alarmed wakefulness. Will the four human animals ever reach their refuge, their den? A railroad movie, a chamber play.
On November 25th at 9 p.m. there will be an Artist Talk with the performers of the film Vanessa Stern, Ursula Renneke, Stephanie Petrowitz, Valerie Oberhof, Dietmar Schmidt and Eike Böttcher. You can watch the livestream here.
VANESSA STERN, actress, founder of Krisenzentrum für weibliche Komik, is working since 2011 continuously within the framework of her project Heulen kann jede - weibliche Komik in der Krise at Sophiensæle. In April 2018 her HKF-funded Performance Die Umschülerinnen oder Die Komödie der unbegabten Kinder premiered. She regularly produces episodes of her large comedy laboratory show La Dernière Crise - Frauen am Rande der Komik in the Festsaal at Sophiensæle. heulenkannjede.de
BY AND WITH Valerie Oberhof, Stephanie Petrowitz, Ursula Renneke, Vanessa Stern DIRECTOR Vanessa Stern STAGE DESIGN, COSTUMES Jelka Plate, Eike Böttcher DRAMATURGY, CAMERA Dietmar Schmidt Assistant Director, CAMERA Sophie Krause Assistant Director Sarah Dockhorn Sound Robin Plenio PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Eva-Karen Tittmann
A production by Vanessa Stern in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung