8 premieres under the heading COMMON SENSES shift perspectives and reflect the status quo of our social interactions. Guests from philosophy and science stimulate our thinking with impulses. You can also expect a “kiosk of unfulfilled wishes”, a floating light-space installation, bar, music, DJs and appetizers in the Discourse Kitchen.
Audience members can experience several short monologues and specials in close succession each evening – we recommend day tickets for the best festival experience.
“No intention - just Tourette’s,” Christian Hempel hastily sends ahead when he is around people. His rants and motor outbursts are not controllable. They are reactions to the world in which he moves and challenge it.
For the Monologfestival, a solo about the fear of losing control, verbal attacks, parliamentary Tourette’s and the question of what is actually normality is created from the material of the award-winning work “Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas”. Because Tourette’s syndrome wants confrontation and sensation. This leads to conflicts: A neighbor has even tried to obtain a restraining order against Christian. For many, less noticeable aspects of communication and being-in-the-world suddenly become visible in a different way. The basic conditions of living together and their supposed ordinariness are being re-sorted.
Making theater with Tourette’s seems impossible at first glance: no text is safe, no movement repeatable. The stage equipment has to be moved to a safe place, special hotel rooms have to be booked. What is not Tourette-compatible is being changed. And these changes form a material, eventually shaping a text, a beginning, and a conclusion. How much lack of intention can the theater withstand? How much protection can it offer, given that the stage is made for the opposite: Precision, repeatability, control, world history, spectacle?
“Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas” was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2020 and the radio play of the same name was awarded the ARD Radio Play Prize 2019.
Helgard Haug is an author, director, and co-founder of Rimini Protokoll.
In various constellations she develops stage-works, interventions, performative installations, and audio plays under this label, often together with experts who have gained their knowledge and skills beyond the theatre.
Rimini Protokoll like to transpose rooms or social structures into theatrical formats. Many of their works feature interactivity and a playful use of technology. They have received numerous awards for their work, including the German theatre award FAUST, the European Theater Prize in Thessaloniki, and the Silver Lion at the 41st Theatre Biennale in Venice for their complete works. Five of their plays were invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen. www.rimini-protokoll.de
With Christian Hempel Supported by Stefan Schliephake Concept/text/direction Helgard Haug / Rimini Protokoll Technical direction/video/lighting Marc Jungreithmeier Production management Renée Merkel Coproduction TD Berlin in the framework of the Monologfestival 2023 Supported by the four-year festival funding of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion Berlin
Relaxed Performance: We would like to welcome to this performance all visitors for whom sitting still for a long time in the theater is a barrier (for example autistic people, people with Tourette’s, with learning difficulties or chronic pain). We offer some alternative seating options for this. Noises and movements from the audience are explicitly welcome. If there are any sudden lighting changes or music cues, this will be noted beforehand on the evening. Since the production is being created shortly before the performances, it is not possible to say this more precisely at the present time. The lights in the auditorium will not be on continuously, but the auditorium will be close to the lit stage area. Visitors can leave and return to the auditorium at any time. Next to the foyer there is a quiet room before, during and after the performance. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or requests at [email protected] or 030 28093062.
Early Boarding: There is a free choice of seats on the TD. Early Boarding is an early admission for all people (especially those with visible or non-visible disabilities) who want a specific seat or a more relaxed admission. Early Boarding generally begins 5-10 minutes before the performance begins. The meeting point is in the foyer by the elevator on the 2nd floor. Five minutes before early boarding begins, an announcement on site will draw your attention to it once again. Our evening staff will be happy to help you find the meeting point.
If you need a seat cushion or wheelchair space, please let us know in advance at [email protected] or 030-28 09 30 62.
Please note that unfortunately certain barriers still exist when visiting the TD.