A Midsummer Night's Dream

A production of Possible World, 2018

 

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"Ich hab ein äußerst seltsames Gesicht gehabt! / Ich hatt´nen Traum – what a weird dream I had – ´s übersteigt die menschliche Intelligenz, zu sagen, was für'n Traum´s war: man is but an ass – n`Esel/ n`Arsch, if he goes about to expound this dream – tried to explain it / mir war, als wär ich / mir war, als hätt ich – no eye has ever heard, no ear has ever seen, no hand has tasted, or tongue felt, or heart described what my dream was like / but man is but a patched fool, wenn er/sie wirklich sagen will, was ich war."

 

Shakespeares Midsummer Night's Dream is a 400 year old play of confusion of people, their bodies, their languages, dreams and feelings in a palace and in a wood on Midsummer Night, where men, fairies and animals run riot.

 

Hermia, daughter of Egeus loves Lysandra. Lysandra loves Hermia. Also Demetrius loves Hermia. Helena loves Demetrius. A love couple escapes the pressure of their parents and the rules of society and gets away in the forest. There, they meet Hippolyta, queen of the amazons, Titania, queen of the elves – noble citizens, craftsmen, that play-act and elves on a glade in the night, full of cravings. Language looses its sense, bodies clash. What is reality, what a dream? The assessable, well-ordered life breaks and comes apart.

Lord, what fools these mortals be! - Shakespeare

 

In cooperation with The progressive wave /Gal Naor & Matan Zamir and the indian Bharatanatyam-Choreographer Rajyashree Ramesh, the costume designer Gabriele Wischmann in a room- and sound-composition from Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, the ensemble Possible World explores, under the direction of Michaela Caspar the potential of language as an action in the room. The basis is the textpiece of William Shakespeare and the German Signlanguage. The ensemble consists of five deaf and two hearing actors as well as two Children of deaf adults (Codas). Since deaf people communicate in a visual-kinaesthetic way, which appears unusual in the hearing world, the international ensemble cast challenges the traditional western borders of language and literature. 

 

 

With TITANIA, THESEUS Eyk Kauly OBERON Gal Naor / PUCKA Anka Böttcher / HIPPOLYTA, PRIMEL, SCHNOCK Peter Marty /  DEMETRIUS, SQUENZ Brian Duffy / EGEUS,  MOTTE, FLAUT Wille Felix Zante / HERMIA Emilia von Heiseler / LYSANDRA, BOHNENBLÜTE Athina Lange HELENA , SENFSAMEN Anne Zander / ZETTEL Okan Seese

 

DIRECTOR Michaela Caspar / COMPOSITION, ROOM, PHOTOGRAPHY Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag / COSTUMES Gabriele Wischmann / CHOREOGRAPHY The progressive wave - Gal Naor & Matan Zamir / BHARATANATYAM Rajyashree Ramesh / SIGN LANGUAGE TRANSMISSION Eyk Kauly u.a. / VISUAL VERNACULAR Brian Duffy / PRODUCTION Daniel Schrader - Ballhaus Ost / COORDINATION Max Neu / ASSISTENCE Kim Kowalewski /  VIDEOS FOR HOMEPAGE Jens Kupsch / HOMEPAGE DESIGN Nina Dören / PUBLIC RELATIONS Anne Zander / SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER AND COMMUNICATIONASSISTENCE Ulli Steinseifer, Mira Esther Weischet, Stella Papantonatos, Corinna Brenner, Katharina Rerich, Thomas Finkbeiner, Tina Ehrmanner, Florian Köhler, Violeta Blahusch, Isabella Keldany, Katharina Bernstädt / TRAINEES Carla Szolansky, Leo Jeagels, Nele Jäger, Anika Loidl

 

Shows

Ballhaus Ost, Berlin  1 July 2018 at 8 pm 

 

Ballhaus Ost, Berlin   29 and 30 June 2018 at 8 pm 

 

Ballhaus Ost, Berlin 17 and 18 March 2018 at 8 pm 

 

Ballhaus Ost, Berlin  16 March 2018 at 8 pm  – PREMIERE

 

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