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Schauspiel Dortmund

June 2012:

Where “Spiegel-TV” gathers its lenticular images for its documentary “Leben im Brennpunkt” (Life in the Focal Point) and the FAZ’s arts section observes, in a somewhat more sophisticated way, that “The fate of the EU is no longer determined in Brussels, Berlin, or Paris, but in areas like Dortmund City North” – we have prepared a somewhat different production over the last few months.

Native inhabitants as “checkers” sell the visitors as “living stocks” to diverse sub-cultures in the migrant- & ex-workers’ neighbourhood of Dortmund. The visitors are submitted to the monstrosities of the global financial industries in a playful & concrete manner. Where the portfolios perform well they can raise their value, if not their course crashes. In the end winks a feast with garanteed potlatch: Everybody goes home broke.





In this neighborhood that dates from Germany’s “Gründerzeit” era of now-vanished big industry, where migrant laborers from the poor countries of Europe now offer their services on street corners, religions from throughout the world tend to their flocks and long-established extended families share the streets with merchants selling various substances, visitors will find themselves embroiled in deals and transactions that are monitored by the local checkers.

The German landscaping of derelict public land leads to the assessment training under the aegis of former prostitutes; young women of the Facebook generation build analogue networks on their grandparents’ Anatolian farmlands; the district’s empty churches become test areas for new creation of value for former homeless people; dilapidated houses present the opportunity to try out one’s luck selling to new prospective customers, while in the peculiar multi-bed room in the labyrinthine hotel’s basement, Turkish mothers take visitors for a ride. Meanwhile, in the center of all the action, both checkers and long-term users of the market place – whose “living room” has been transformed into the site of the installation – bet on the rising or falling rates of visitors at our bookies’ counter, with an outcome determined by those participating…

Inszenierung: Jörg Lukas Matthaei / Bühne und Kostüme: Dorothea Ronneburg / Video: Daniel Hengst / Game-Design: Invisible Playground (Daniel Boy, Sebastian Quack) & JL Matthaei / Dramaturgie: Michael Eickhoff / Produktionsleitung: Lis Marie Diehl / Spieltraining: Till Stauffer / Mitarbeit: Laura Rehkuh / Assistenz Bühne und Kostüme: Marina Felix / Assistenz Video und Live-Kamera: Roman Paulus / Video (Vorstellungen): Maria Goinda / Regiehospitanz: Norina Kindermann, Julia Knies, Eva Schlömer   von & mit: Waissi Aizein, Sinem-Cigdem Aktas, Attila Aslantürk, Samira Bajra, Loubna Bekkour, Fatima Benayad, Sila Ekiztas, Benedikt Fiola, Gerhard Alfred Grohmann, Saleh Gümüs, Mark Anthony Hall, Günter Jackat, Tabitha Jackat, Eva Jekel, Kay Jütting, Maria Gomez, Gürhan Güler, Samira Hasnaoui, Mohamed Hemsing, Nicole Herber, Burkhard Hinz, Heike Hundeiker, Asmaa Kachout, Hanan Kirdiou, Dany Kirspel, Daoud Kremer, Yeliz Kus, Christian Lenzian, Gerd Neumann, Nazha Ouladelhadj, Merve Özdemir, Brigitte Pächer, Dieter Pätzold, Edeltraut Pohl, Erika Römer, Julia Rumi, Stefanie Rutz, Mateo Schanda, Zeynep Seker, Nora Tahri, Adolf Timpe, Metin Turan, Emine Turhan, Yasemin Ucar, Fatma Ulutopcu, Dirk Völlmer, Laurens Wältken, Gerd Wilbers, Zana Yehta // Checkerassistenten und Quartiersmanager: Cengiz Alacali, Benjamin Ameyidor, Anna Hauke, Annike Heikes, Julia Hülsken, Ulf Klinkhammer, Julia Knies, Angela Krause, Miriam Kröger, Simon Krumm, Sascha Olbrich, Nadine Richter, Eva Schlömer   gefördert von der Kulturstiftung des Bundes im Fonds Heimspiel, sowie vom Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW

Fotos: Merlin Nadj-Torma