Heart Chamber Fragments

Some kind of burrow similar to myself
By Paper Tiger
Director: Tian Gebing

 Therese-Giehse-Halle
 World premiere
 Premiere: 7.10.2021
 2 hours
 25 Euro
 Therese-Giehse-Halle
 World premiere
 Premiere: 7.10.2021
 2 hours
 25 Euro

What does it mean to receive a new heart? How does a home become a prison? What is an animal’s underground burrow? For a devised play, the Paper Tiger Theatre Studio from Beijing and the Kammerspiele ensemble are embarking on performance-based research into the labyrinthine systems under our skin and under the ground. At the same time, they are exploring how current medical technology accesses the human body.

The project brings together three texts: Jean-Luc Nancy’s “The Intruder”, Franz Kafka’s “The Burrow” and Tao Yuanming’s “The Peach Blossom Spring”. All three focus on questions of isolation and exclusion, immunity and identity, the relationship between the perception of the body and the experience of space, and extreme feelings of nameless fear and overflowing joy. Kafka tells of the obsessive securing of an underground system of passages (the burrow) against imaginary enemies; in “The Peach Blossom Spring”, a hidden, utopian community is imagined beyond space and time; and Nancy describes an intruder that makes it possible to survive: the transplanted heart in his body.

We would like to thank the following for their support:

Dr Tian Baiyu, Dr Dominique Hertzer, An Jian, Dr Fan Jingyang, Prof Bernhard Michael Kemkes, Prof Juan Valdés-Stauber, Dr Zhu Zhihui

In cooperation with the Goethe Institut China

  • Assistant Dramaturge Noémi Ola Berkowitz
  • Stage Design Assistant Ji Hyung Nam
  • Costumes Assistant Mirjam Pleines
  • Stage Manager Barbara Stettner, Frank Matterne
  • Artistic Production Management Gina Penzkofer
  • Theater Rehearsal Interpretation and Text Translation Pei Albat-Ma
  • Surtitles SongXin Wang
  • Soufflage Shannon Harris
  • Dramaturge Intern Leo Schild
  • Costumes intern Elisa Morell
  • Technical Production Management Adrian Bette, Richard Illmer
  • Stage Machinery Stephan Preusser, Florian Obermeier
  • Lighting William Grüger, Sebastien Lachenmaier
  • Sound Ulrich Treutwein, Katharina Widmaier-Zorn
  • Video Jake Witlen, Dirk Windloff
  • Make-up Thomas Opatz
  • Costumes Pavla Engelhardtova, Arite Pissang
  • Props Sabine Schutzbach
  • Carpentry Stefan Klodt-Bussmann, Michael Buhl, Josef Friesl, Wolfgang Mechmann
  • Locksmithery Friedrich Würzhuber, Jürgen Goudenhooft, Stephan Weber
  • Scenic Painting Evi Eschenbach
  • Scenic Painter Jeanette Raue
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