by Guy Helmlinger, Rebecca Schnyder, Clàudia Cedó, Csaba Székely, Andra Teede, Daniel Batliner, Daniel Batliner
Performed: - Schaan, Liechtenstein, Weimar, Germany, Prag, Czech Republic, Luxemburg, Sep 14, 2019 - May 08, 2020
No risk no fun! 8 new monologues, written by 8 European writers taking on the wide open notion of the project of Europe in today’s world. This three-way co-production, originated by TAK Theater Liechtenstein, partnering with Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Germany), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg), sharing responsibilities.
The cast is divided between 2 Liechtenstein actors and 2 ensemble members of the Nationaltheater Weimar. My director colleague for 4 of the 8 monologues is Rafael Kohn from Luxembourg, rehearsed in Weimar, while I plugged away in Liechtenstein. Set and costumes were built in the Weimar workshops, and for the last two weeks of rehearsals everyone came to Liechtenstein to put it all together.
Katrin Hilbe: DIE PROBE (Guy Helmlinger), LIEBE EUROPA (Rebecca Schnyder), ANGELS IN EUROPE (Clàudia Cedó), PIRI (Csaba Székely)
Rafael Kohn: STEH NICHT AUF (Andra Teede), EISERNE LIEBE (Dirk Laucke), DAS ENDE DER SCHMETTERLINGE (Daniel Batliner), ANLEITUNG ZUM VERSTÄNDNIS MEHRJÄHRIGER PFLANZEN (Vedrana Klepica)
Scenic & Lighting & Costume Designer: Alexander Grüner
Sound Designer: Andy Evan Cohen for additional recording
Thomas Beck, Katharina Hackhausen, Krunoslav Šebrek, Christiani C. Wetter
Voice-over: Lawryn Lacroix
Photo: © Ilja Mess
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"The variety of the stories and the aesthetic formats are what make this project alluring, which included Andra Teede (Estland), Guy Helmlinger (Luxembourg) and Vedrana Klepica (Croatia) took part in. Despite the different qualities of the scripts, the directing team Hilbe and Kohn succeeded in creating stirring "Gesamtkunstwerk" on the dreams and fears of Europeans, who resist losing their communal values."
"The Hungarian-Romanian author Csaba Székely presents his character more brusquely and realistically in the monologue "Piri". The story of a young Roma, who finds new parents in an orphanage in Romania, is moving and shocking. Director Hilbe draws close to the young woman with gripping close-ups. Christiani Wetter shows the figure of a strong woman, who has to change identities like sneakers. As speaker for a right-wing nationalist party in Hungary she seduces her audience - "with well-founded arguments and red fingernails." Székely is one of the voices of his generation whose texts that shake things up. "Piri" is a clever analysis of the shift to the right on the continent."
"The directors Katrin Hilbe and Rafael D. Kohn didn't commit to an overall framework regarding content. This is what increases the chasm between the pieces. The Swiss writer Rebecca C. Schnyder puts the figure of Helvetia on stage. Her monologue "Dear Europe" was staged by the Liechtenstein director Katrin Hilbe. Thomas Beck stumbles in as the bride. The actor intelligently explores the yearning of the country for self-sufficiency within the European context, which is here presented as a relationship story. Schnyder digs deep into the nightmares of her compatriots. Beck unearths these deep layers beautifully. Cool and with distance her presents his female character."
"Identity Europe" is a small European theatre jewel, which in the directions of Katrin Hilbe and Rafael D. Kohn offers strong acting and texts, which enter into a dialogue with each other thanks to the intelligent dramaturgy. The monologues are therefore more than an appeal for international exchange. They are the beginning of a dialogue, in all modesty."
"Very enthralling was Katrin Hilbe's direction of PIRI by Csaba Székely, the story of a Roma girl, which Christiani Wetter presented with much heart and presence on the stage, while at the same time showing a laser-sharp view of Hungary. It is also a wonderful story of an adopted girl, drifting to the political right discrediting all of the Roma people, but having to realize that she herself is a Roma. In this monologue everything was aligned, even the costumes, who grew up along with the age of the girl."
"The writer wonderfully characterized the relationship of Switzerland to Europe (in LIEBE EUROPA), Katrin Hilbe directed this with much sensitiviy and humor, which Thomas Beck perfectly implemented in his figure of the bride."
"The directors Katrin Hilbe and Rafael D. Kohn were challenged to create a vivid theatrical experience and lively stagings rather than merely academic exercises from these eight texts presented by the actors and actresses. Both succeeded brilliantly."