Artistic Director Matthias Lilienthal: Waiting for the global Event

It is strangely quiet in the corridors of the Olympic stadium. Quiet on the pitch. A single electric guitar sends spherically-nostalgic sounds through the ranks

Artistic Director Matthias Lilienthal: Waiting for the global Event

It is strangely quiet in the corridors of the Olympic stadium. Quiet on the pitch. A single electric guitar sends spherically-nostalgic sounds through the ranks. Somewhere in the middle of the green seats of the afternoon sun-drenched East stand, with the naked eye, hard to see five actors in the same green Overalls to identify. Over the speaker you will reflect thoughtfully, in the role of the rolling lawn, the spread of exotic ground cover plants on the field. "You took that a lot of people with their feet in the Creeping stay clover stuck and stumble. And that would be for the global Event is not ideal.“

The "global Event" – again with his Name. Earlier were ten people in a space-optics – and-gray pants and white Polo shirts, sneakers, hat – speculated as to whether it will be 2021 or 2022 carried out, and with the content of your watering cans, watered a momentum full of acrobatics, the other in listless monotony of the Grass. The conditions that people from all over the world come together, not be given at the Moment, but even. Right. Therefore, corona is not due to this Munich Saturday, as scheduled at the beginning of the season as a Grand Finale, the global Event "Olympia 2666" in 24 hours to different places in the city. There, directed by many international Directors, Roberto bolaño's mega-novel "2666" to be a theatre stage in the public space.

Free flight on the wire rope

Instead, the Münchner kammerspiele, at the end of the artistic directorship of Matthias Lilienthal invite you to an opening ceremony to the abandoned Olympic stadium: The film's Director Toshiki Okada is previously arrived from Japan in only five days with the Ensemble in his one-hour "Opening Ceremony" for the celebration. Four hundred spectators share the West grandstand of the old sports giants – the rest of the 68.850 places to convey the not acknowledged a Void, a spectacle. At the same time but also a trace of melancholy hangs in the air like the Contrails of a decaying Popkonzerts, a Silence come Festivals.

What is opened, what adopted? The empty stadium is not also arouses the Association to the dwindling audience in the first time the artistic directorship of Lilienthal 2015/2016? Can not be read with the free flight of the wire rope, with the Julia Riedler crashes to the beginning of the heroic, from the tent roof, even metaphorically? And the regular Have the lawn reminds of the hand, watering can in the tough recognition of the struggle of the Director to the favor of the city? "All the failures of this world? – Repaired, A-Mario!“ Only the live rehearsed question-and-answer exchange singing this Afternoon, but possibly also the finally happy conclusion of the theatre in this not sounds by the pandemic, although corroded by the passionate pre-recorded, virtual, chamber 4, however, detected boldly the fifth, last year.

The existentialist "Godot"-effect

With Mario is the video game mascot meant. While waiting for the Event, Samouil Stoyanov rotates as a clumsy janitor Kettcar-round and studied with the audience an aerobics program hoppers and Juchzern. "Allow me to allay your concerns," he makes his Austrian charm. "Everything's gonna be alright." As simple as that. Another Mario – Damian Rebgetz – announced, the Global Event was the return to normality. Then he is wrong somewhere between the Germany song "In the Jungle" an atonal by holding anthem.

Also by the German, English, Arabic language of his 18 actor Toshiki Okada Globality declared in times of Social Distancing. Ironically, the ambivalence of the spoken and embodied the message of his figures well-known film Director ("No Sex", "The Vacuum Cleaner reflects") the gigantomania of Olympus celebrate of the opening through the isolation of his actors in, as it were, the vast universe of the stadium, accompanied by the sparse Live-music by Kazuhisa Uchihashi. At the same time, banal, whimsical, sometimes wistful, this affects everything. The charming, is enigmatic, quite existential "Godot effect"of the absurd dialogues, obviously, in Talking about an Event that (for the time being) never occurs. And in the little meaningful compensation actions and considerations to pass the time.

Updated Date: 14 July 2020, 07:20

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