In perfect symbiosis, theatre and dance dissect the disenchantment of the West, which no longer believes in love or even money. Superb and startling.
Crisis of Confidence
Theatre and dance are a seamless whole, and that symbiotic union is at the heart of this brilliant, disturbing and ripped-from-the-headlines piece. TrusT, a caustic and delightful look at the financial crisis, asks an essential, pressing question. In an era when couples form and break up at the same speed that stocks rise and fall, can we still believe in anyone or anything?
In the midst of this ideological chaos, the individual – isolated and distraught – doesn’t know where to turn. It is that numbing feeling of helplessness, that disastrous inability to shake out of the torpor and act that is portrayed by the scathing German writer Falk Richter and the eloquent Dutch choreographer Anouk van Dijk, he by means of pointed monologues and caustic dialogue, and she by entangled bodies constantly off balance but trying to support each other until inevitably one slips and falls. A striking and superb show by Berlin’s celebrated Schaubühne.
SCHAUBÜHNE AM LEHNINER PLATZ
Leading Light of Contemporary Theatre
Since its inception in 1962, the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz has pursued a social and political mandate by mounting daring, intelligent works. The theatre, whose international reputation continues to grow, presents both iconoclastic contemporary pieces and classical plays by authors such as Chekhov, Shakespeare and Ibsen, works that cast an enlightened gaze on society and the human soul. Many innovative playwrights have been in artistic residency at the Schaubühne, writers such as Marius Von Mayenburg and Franz Xaver Kroetz. In 1999 the Schaubühne (whose current artistic director is Thomas Ostermeier) began including dance in its programming.
PRODUCED BY SCHAUBÜHNE AM LEHNINER PLATZ
DIRECTION AND CHOREOGRAPHYFALK RICHTER + ANOUK VAN DIJK TEXTS FALK RICHTER WITHPETER CSERI + ANOUK VAN DIJK + LEA DRAEGER + JACK GALLAGHER + ARASH MARANDI + JUDITH ROSMAIR + KAY BARTHOLOMÄUS SCHULZE + STEFAN STERN + NINA WOLLNY + MALTE BECKENBACH (MUSICIAN) SET DESIGN KATRIN HOFFMANNCOSTUME DESIGN DANIELA SELIG MUSIC MALTE BECKENBACH DRAMATURGYJENS HILLJE LIGHTING DESIGNCARSTEN SANDER VIDEO JULIA ELGER
WITH THE SUPPORT OFFONDATION NÉERLANDAISE DES ARTS VIVANTS + COMMUNAUTÉ D’AMSTERDAM + AMBASSADE DU ROYAUME DES PAYS-BAS
COPRODUCTION ANOUKVANDIJK DC
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH PLACE DES ARTS + GOETHE INSTITUT + MINISTÈRE DES AFFAIRES ÉTRANGÈRES DE L’ALLEMAGNE
PREMIERED AT SCHAUBÜHNE AM LEHNINER PLATZ, BERLIN, OCTOBER 2009
WRITTEN BY SOPHIE POULIOTTRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
ANOUK VAN DIJK (BERLIN + AMSTERDAM)
Balancing on the Edge
Renowned for helping dancers think of the dancing body by means of her Countertechnique movement system, where a movement is systematically twinned with its opposite, the brilliant Dutch choreographer Anouk van Dijk was the recipient of the Lucas Hovering Award at the Dutch Dance Days festival in 2000.
Her œuvre includes several outstanding pieces such asStau, Nothing Hurts (which was awarded the German Academy of Arts Prize) and PROTECT ME, the latter two created in collaboration with Falk Richter.
FALK RICHTER (BERLIN + AMSTERDAM)
Pushing Boundaries of German Theatre
The audacious and talented Hamburg writer and director Falk Richter is constantly pushing the boundaries of theatre.
His scathing, anti-establishment plays, including Das System, Dieu est un DJ, Peace and My Secret Garden are as gripping as the staging, with the pieces directed by Richter himself. He has directed some thirty plays, his own as well as works by Jon Fosse, Sarah Kane and Lars Noren.