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89/90: The Great Disintegration

FFT Juta
Sprache: Deutsch / Dauer: 90 min
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This country needs new narratives! This could be the conclusion drawn from the debates on the histories of both German states on the event of the 30th anniversary of the crumbling of the Berlin Wall and subsequent reunification. Official historiography and personal recollection are, more often than not, hard to reconcile. Therefore, andcompany&Co. advocate for a multi-perspective “neverending story” and fictionalise the 1989 events: All of Fantastica is under threat. The Nothing is approaching with unstoppable force, both as a real socialist cement mixer threatening to encase the old conditions and as a neo-liberally blinking bulldozer, destined to sell even older conditions as the newest solution and, what’s more, as the only option, without alternative. This leaves no space for the dream of a better society that yet has to find its name.


On the stage, as contemporaries and later-borns: Authors* Luise Meier (“MRX MASCHINE”) and Karsten Krampitz (“Wasserstand und Tauchtiefe”) as well as Amanda Anfang, making her stage début portraying Michael Ende. Together, they reactivate the dissolution energies of 1989/90 and redirect them until old lies transform into new stories and fantastical tales: “You cannot tell the people anything, but you can narrate everything to them.” (Walter Benjamin)

The andcompany&Co. collective was founded in Frankfurt/Main in 2003. Founding members are theater maker and scholar, author and performer Alexander Karschnia, director, author and performer Nicola Nord, as well as musician, performer and composer Sascha Sulimma. As per its founding spirit, their works are created as co-directors, co-authors and in coproduction with all participating crafts.
Luise Meier
Luise Meier, born in East Berlin in 1985, works as a freelance author and a waitress. She studied philosophy, cultural anthropology and cultural sciences in Berlin, in Frankfurt on the Oder and in Aarhus. Her texts for the Berliner Volksbühne can be found archived at www.volksbuehne.adk.de. Her book “MRX MASCHINE” was published in 2018. Der Standard lauded her as “for the time being, she is Marx’s most diligent pupil” on the occasion of this publication.
Karsten Krampitz
Karsten Krampitz, born in 1969, was the initiator behind the drinker’s flap in Wewelsfleth/ Schleswig-Holstein, together with Peter Wawerzinek. He successfully founded a panhandling academy, squatting ritzy high-class hotels in Berlin with the homeless and junkies. Krampitz received the Alfred Döblin Stipend endowed by the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. In 2009, he was awarded the audience prize at the Klagenfurt Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. He became the writer-in-residence there the following year. Between 2010 and 2013, the historian was the recipient of a PhD imparted by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Autumn 2014 saw the premiere of his theatre play “Sucht & Ordnung” at the Klagenfurt Ensemble. Krampitz published numerous novels and novellas. Together with Manja Präkels and Markus Liske, he published the literary anthology “Kaltland – Eine Sammlung” on the pogroms and peoplehunts of the post-reunification era. His novel “Wasserstand und Tauchtiefe” was published in 2014.
Concept & Direction: andcompany&Co. (Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord, Sascha Sulimma). Text: Luise Meier, Karsten Krampitz, Alexander Karschnia &Co. Music: Sascha Sulimma. Featuring: Amanda Heinau, Verena Katz, Karsten Krampitz, Luise Meier, Nicola Nord, Ángela Ribera, Sascha Sulimma. Stage: Jan Brokof &Co. Assistant Stage & Costumes: Ángela Ribera. Lighting: Sebastian Zamponi. Sound: Deniz Sungur. Assistant Direction: Verena Katz. Technical Direction: Marc Zeuske. Stage Rigging: Jan Hoffmann. Company Management: Caroline Farke. Production Management: Rahel Häseler. We would like to thank: Jan Hoffmann. A production by andcompany&Co. in coproduction with HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, FFT Düsseldorf, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster. Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds provided by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and European Affairs, the Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.