Keep the wolf from the door
FFT JUTA KASERNENSTRASSE 6
A famous English doctor carries out a risky brain operation in Albania. The patients are fully conscious during the procedure. Their hair is shaved off. The top of the skull is opened – providing insights into the stories and landscapes inside them. In the head, there is a boundary line, where the realm of physical facts ends and another land begins. Can we search with a knife for the seat of the soul? Inspired by a newspaper essay by the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård in the New York Times, subbotnik develop a poetic music theatre piece with cembalo, piano, theremin and operatic voice, which gets under your skin.
The subbotnik label’s recipe for success: passionately and playfully told stories about extraordinary people, rendered into an unfamiliar co-existence of live music, performance and traditional drama, which repeatedly peeks around corners, only to then withdraw tongue-in-cheek behind performative or concertante elements.
Theater der Zeit, Januar 2015
The Cologne and Düsseldorf based theater collective subbotnik combines vocal and instrumental compositions, narratives and live performance into an idiosyncratic stage language. In 2013, the group was awarded the City of Düsseldorf’s Prize for the Advancement of Performing Arts for their unique theater work. With their first piece “Die Sehnsucht des Menschen ein Tier zu warden” the German-Russian-Ukrainian trio toured through NRW and was invited to the Children’s and Youth Theater Meetings Westwind and Spielarten in 2014 with their subsequent production “Robinson Crusoe”. That same year, they were also invited to the NRW theater festival FAVORITEN with three productions. subbotnik’s piece “Der Traum eines lächerlichen Menschen” successfully opened the 2014/2015 season at the FFT Düsseldorf. The production “Götter. Wie die Welt entstand” received the Cologne Children’s and Youth Theater Prize in 2016 and has been invited to the Children’s and Youth Theater Meeting Westwind 2017.
By and with: subbotnik (Kornelius Heidebrecht, Martin Kloepfer und Oleg Zhukov). Cembalo, Piano, Theremin: Igor Kirillov. Voice: Amanda Martikainen. Assistant: Lukas Schmelmer. Text: “The Terrible Beauty of Brain Surgery” by Karl Ove Knausgård, New York Times, December 30th, 2015. Production: subbotnik. Co-production: Schauspiel Leipzig, FFT Düsseldorf, studiobühneköln. Funded by: the Cultural Department for the City of Düsseldorf, Cultural Department of the City of Cologne, NRW Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports.