What is this project all about?
Nothing describes the two peoples more aptly than their national
“The hero in the tiger skin” is brave, achieves everything he set out to do and finally goes home with the most beautiful woman in history and all earthly treasures.
On the other hand, Siegfried is murdered, as are all the others, and the treasure is sunken in the Rhine.
In everyday life, we look for stories that echo these themes, or those the other side considers true. Nothing is more fun than drawing on our prejudices to criticise the others. Or perhaps nothing is more fun than unmasking ourselves with an honest self-portrayal. In our play, both sides come together at a big table.
Staging [/ b]
But before going to the big table, stories from the lives of the Georgians and Germans are told separately to a part of the audience at different stations set up in a “cave town”. Alternatively, the station may also consist of a sculpture or installation interpreted by the choir. Then the audience moves to the next station after about 5-10 minutes.
When the audience has seen all the stations, everyone comes together at a large table. The actors sit directly at the table, the audience in outer circles around the outside of the table. It is so wide that food can be served on it while it is acted on at the same time (the table is about 4m wide). In Georgia there is a tamada (toastmaster) at a feast, whose dramaturgy becomes the dramaturgy of the play.
With this music theatre project, which involves collaboration on all levels between German and Georgian artist teams (6 actors, 2 choirs, and musicians), we want to put everything "on the table": that which unites us, and that which sets us apart.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
In this play we stage the question: what is so foreign about the foreigner? Until the First World War, Georgia was a coveted destination for many Germans. In fact, entire Swabian villages emigrated there. It was not until the cold war that the Germans lost sight of this country, while the Georgians never forgot us. In spite of all this, we are now foreigners again and have to get to know each other all over again. This play is aimed at all those who are curious about what is foreign.
Why would you support this project?
- It is a premiere, which is hard to estimate.
But without risk no adventure!
- The artists work together for the first time and then in a
genre that is rather strange to them.
But: without experiment nothing new!
- It's just too much "adventure"!
But: without courage nothing unexpected!
- why Georgia?
Because of the most successful home burglar!
- Is there really more to it?
No: We have often proved that we can!
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
If we reach our funding target of €30,000,00, this will enable
- make about 30 costumes
- pay 2 composers
- finance 2 authors
- pay an appropriate fee to the contributors
- rehearse in Georgia (cheaper than in Germany)
- perform this play in Uplisziche as well as in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.
Who are the people behind the project?
The Theatre Kontra-Punkt is a music theatre that covers both
speech and song for adults, young people and children. In our
productions we work with both classical and contemporary music.
We initiate experimental music theatre with a strong emphasis on combining different art genres. Our plays come into being through cooperation with musicians, singers, actors and dancers. Here the main focus is on realising debut performances.
With regard to the different character of the venues, we deal with the conditions that we find there: theatre as space installation (e.g. Rheinufertunnel Düsseldorf, exposition of sculptures from Rückriem, shop floors etc.) We use the space as an instrument.
A further specialisation of ours is creating new concepts for family concerts. With national and international orchestras, we produce programs that present orchestral music in a unique and rather playful way, making it more accessible for children. In our family concerts we particularly try to make music visible, bringing together professional artists and amateurs (children) to give our audiences a means of access to contemporary music.