Every successful blockbuster needs a second part to sink the first. For the Markus&Markus theatre collective, that can only mean one thing: After the success of the US feature film TITANIC, TITANIC II has to hit the stage. The sequel starts where the film left off: at the bottom of the sea. So it needs sand, really a lot of sand.
The search for it leads the collective to a concrete factory, where they win tickets at poker for a trip to a place where sand is mined as if there were no tomorrow. The consequences of this overexploitation are tangible. Every year, humanity consumes twice as much sand as all the rivers supply. Created over thousands of years, sand is irreversibly bound into concrete in 90 minutes - that is as long as the condensed narrative of this theatre production lasts. TITANIC II is collision course, melodrama, a telegram from a sinking ship. The only reassuring thing is the unsinkability of the boat in which we are all sitting.
MARKUS&MARKUS is a THEATERKOLLEKTIV founded in 2011 by students of scenic arts in Hildesheim. The group consists of Lara-Joy Bues, Katarina Eckold, Markus Schäfer and Markus Schmans. Together, the collective stands for its very own form of documentary theatre, passionate investigation and radical lack of perfection.
The works are characterised by intensive research, the results of which are captured on the video level and form an elementary component of the productions. However, the collective is not concerned with depicting a reality in documentary form and explaining the world - instead, the theatre context is decisive for accessing reality.
CONCEPT AND IMPLEMENTATION Lara-Joy Bues, Katarina Eckold, Markus Schäfer, Markus Schmans STAGE, COSTUME Maike Storf LIGHTING DESIGN Anahí Pérez CONTRIBUTION RESEARCH, TRANSLATION Shruti Sharma, Bhim Singh Rawat
A production by Markus&Markus Theaterkollektiv in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, Lichthof Theater, LOT Theater Braunschweig, studiobühne Köln, WUK performing arts and Netzwerk Freier Theater e.V. Supported by MWK Niedersachsen, Stiftung Niedersachsen, Stadt Hildesheim, HannoverStiftung, Friedrich Weinhagen Stiftung. In partnership with doppelplatin e.V., ROXY Birsfelden, Schwankhalle Bremen, Theater Rampe Stuttgart and Pathos Munich. The Netzwerk Freier Theater e.V. is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through the programme "Promoting Connections" of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste e.V. Preliminary research funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. Media partner: taz.