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.
BY AND WITH Klaus Janek, Milena Kipfmüller, Jörg Lukas Matthaei, Adrian Navarro, André Nittel, Bati Nehoya, Volker Sobottke, Anne Welenc ConCept, DIRECTION Jörg Lukas Matthaei DramaturgY Milena Kipfmüller MUSICAL DIRECTOR, COMPOSITIOn Klaus Janek DECOR, COSTUME Michael Graessner PRODUCTION Sarah Stührenberg MISe-EN-SCENE ASSISTANT Sofie Neu DECOR ASSISTANT Lotti Maurer TechniC 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