November 24 25 26 27 28 29
The four planned performances will take place in the period from 24 to 29 November. The exact dates and times of the performances will be announced in due course.
Berlin, born from a swamp and named after it, slowly began to become what it is today in the 17th century. Against the opulent backdrop of the current cityscape, matthaei & konsorten plough the motifs of this long-gone era - the desire for splendor and abundance, the admiration of technology and scenery and the need for symmetry and deception. Four protagonists translate boggy aspects of the baroque into our present. An old body in Bach cantatas, for example, speaks to the approaching death, the baroque "Falte" recalls Berlin's depravity and pornographic films of the 00s, and the colonial history of Brandenburg is brought into focus. Based on baroque festive culture and Tafelmusik, the evening is accompanied musically by a special "Berlin Suite", for which electronic basso continuo and speech sampling are combined with analogue baroque instruments.
Under the label MATTHAEI & KONSORTEN the director Jörg Lukas Matthaei works together with artists from different disciplines. Since 2000, almost 50 works of various orientations have been created: From productions for the stage, installations and discourse productions to the development of new formats for urban landscapes, which have been a focus of the work for several years. Stagings by matthaei & konsorten can be encountered in all places that also occur in the lives of their actors or visitors. Recent works include COOP3000 eine neosolidarische concerngründung (Urban Arts Ruhr), BAILE BASSENA (Vienna Festival), URBAN MAGIC (Bangalore) and with the Sophiensæle most recently Im Apparat der Kriege (2014 Sophiensæle + radio version for rbb and others) and Verschwörung der Idioten. Between 2015 and 2016 they regularly presented the Idiotensalon at the Sophiensæle. matthaei-und-konsorten.de
BY AND WITH André Nittel, Nambata Shapaka, Volker Sobottke, Anne Welenc, Frank Willens CONCEPT, DIRECTOR Jörg Lukas Matthaei DRAMATURGY Milena Kipfmüller MUSICAL DIRECTOR, COMPOSER Klaus Janek MUSIC Michael Metzler, Philipp Caspari scenography, COSTUMES Michael Gaessner PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, DRAMATURGICAL CONTRIBUTION Sarah Stührenberg Contribution mise-en-scène Sofie Neu CONTRIBUTION SCENOGRAPHY Lotti Maurer TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Chris Umney DOCUMENTATION Florian Krauss PHOTOGRAPHY Merlin Nadj-Torma
A production by matthaei & konsorten in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and Theater Thikwa. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Fonds Darstellende Künste from funds of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung