AN OCCUPATION OF THE KAMMERSPIELE BY LEONIE BÖHM, COLLECTIF CATASTROPHE, GINTERSDORFER / KLASSEN, HENRIKE IGLESIAS, ELFRIEDE JELINEK, WOJTEK KLEMM, ANNA-SOPHIE MAHLER, RAUMLABOR BERLIN, ALBERTO VILLAREAL
During Peter Stein’s staging of Peter Weiss’ “Viet Nam Discourse” in the Münchner Kammerspiele in 1968, actors collected money for weapon donations to the Viet Cong, resulting in a scandal and the production’s imminent cancellation by the director August Everding. Fifty years on, the Kammerspiele invites artists to engage in the topics and issues of the turbulent ’68 period from a contemporary and subjective perspective. The architects’ office RAUMLABOR BERLIN, who presented “Shabbyshabby Apartments” two years ago in Munich, will turn Kammer 1 into an open space which the invited ensembles and directors will each occupy for a 15-minute production. Director LEONIE BÖHM re-thinks fundraising at the scene where it took place; the artists’ collective HENRIKE IGLESIAS questions the sexual revolution from the perspective of women; the director ALBERTO VILLAREAL locates the “zero hour” in the Olympic Games in Mexico; the German-Ivorian group GINTERSDORFER / CLASSEN unleashes the unsettling power of Frantz Fanon’s “The Wretched of this Earth”; ANNA-SOPHIE MAHLER takes the films of Alexander Kluge as a starting point for musical research into her family history; ELFRIEDE JELINEK can be seen on video in a re-enactment; the Polish director WOJTEK KLEMM presents a visual orchestration of the resistance and the young French COLLECTIF CATASTROPHE creates a fantasy machine. The end result will be a range of contributions ranging from the past to the present and the future, all of which take seriously the controversial legacy of 1968.
An act of political theatre, a risk, an experiment by and with all those who want to shape the world with the power of their art. In response to the AFD Chairman Jörg Meuthen’s demands that we must “get away from the contaminated left red-green, filthy Germany of the 68ers,” the Kammerspiele quotes Jean-Paul Sartre: “LET IMAGINATION TAKE POWER.” NOW.