Theaterlabor Im TOR 6 - Bielefeld/Germany,
Cacophonic symphony of plots, texts and music
Monday, July 7th, 21h,
Cultural Centre Vuk Karadzic,Kult Theatre,
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 77A,
Directing: Siegmar Schröder
Actors: Thomas Behrend, Michael Grunert,
Indira Heidemann, Karin Wedeking
Four rather haggard actors have been playing Ionesco's 'The Bald Soprano' for 25 years. They are no longer able to escape from this absurd play, which is not really a play at all, but an anti-play. Caught up in this non-theatre, they have missed their careers as actors and have never begun lives as normal people. They survive in the phrases of the protagonists. Not being authentic in any way, they seem very familiar to us.
It is a cacophonous symphony of plots, texts and music, without coherence, without the least meaning.
In fact, there are too many meanings for our liking.
We are overwhelmed by every deed that the actor-creatures administer on stage – every word hits the mark - a pantomimic massacre of words.
Four actors, a mysterious sound machine and a well hidden video camera are the ingredients of this critical mix composed by Theaterlabor in this, its 25th year.
Since 1983 Theaterlabor exists in its current form. In these 24 years the good cooperation of artistic direction and the strong ensemble has created a powerful and artistic community which keeps experimental theatre alive and which has developed a unique theatre-language. Beside performance "Absurdesque", recent Theaterlabor's performances are "Double" (2006), cooperation with Ismael Ivo and "Winterreise" (2007), a musical performance realised in cooperation with Yoshi Oida. Theaterlabor is also well known for its impressive out door spectacles and big historical performances, organisation of international theatre festival 360° in its own space and pedagogy work.