19:30 Uhr

Aus dem Innenleben eines Staubsaugerbeutels (From the inner workings of a vacuum cleaner bag)

As part of west off
FFT Juta
Duration: 75 min / language: German
16€/10€ (erm.)

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Here you can find the complete west off programm (9. – 11. jan 2020).

Dust is everywhere. In the gaps of the computer keyboard, on the leaves of your yucca, in the fabric of your most elegant robes. Regardless of our efforts to remove dust, it always returns. As a fellow to all that lives, it reminds us of the future: Death. Or better: Survival in another form. In the dust, our bodies’ remains unite with residuals from nature, culture and industry. Particles float through the air like stars through space until they finally descend on surfaces, near-weightless interlaced yarns, dust bunnies, knawels, wads. Later on, they appear in the inner workings of the vacuum cleaner bag, this dirty, grey and minuscule archive of our lives. From whom or what is it composed? Will high emotions also turn to dust in the end? How does one retrace this decay? Who is in charge? Yes, exactly – who will clean this stage?


Young collective äöü discovers the overarchingly large questions for form and content, for life and death, wage labour and gender, magic and engineering through the smallest morsels, in a cross between performance, installation and operetta. A vacuum cleaner concert, an operetta, the post-mortem of the vacuum cleaner bag, kitsch and comedy on the conveyor.

Patricia Bechtold and Johannes Karl founded their collective äöü in 2018. Applying resources from theatre, performance and installation, they venture out on a quest for new narrative forms and spaces, disintegrate, collage and animate elements and influences from language, art, everyday life and theory. Their works have already received a number of festival invitations, among them Bochum’s Zeitzeug Festival and the HTA Tag in Frankfurt on the Main.


Frauke Meyer (Mentoring)  was born in Dresden. She studied musical theatre direction at the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg under Götz Friedrich. Following this, she worked at the San Francisco Opera and Theater Basel. From 2005 until 2013, she held an engagement as scenic director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since 2014, she has been a freelance director, project developer and artistic project director working for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Kölner Festival für Alte Musik (Cologne Early Music Festival) and others. Additionally, she is active as a lecturer in dramaturgic project development for the degree course “Musikvermittlung im Kontext” (Promoting and Communicationg Music in Context) at Linz’s Anton Bruckner University. A longstanding collaboration connects her to Andreas Dresen, out of which arose Don Giovanniin Basel, Le Nozze Di Figaro in Potsdam and Arabellaat the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Concept + Performance: äöü (Patricia Bechtold, Johannes Karl). Stage + Costumes + Performance: Eunsung Yang. Special Effects + Performance: Carlos Franke. Dramaturgy: Franziska Schneeberger. Mentoring: Frauke Meyer. Photo: äöü. An äöü co-production with FFT Düsseldorf as a commission for “west off 2019 – Theaternetzwerk Rheinland”. Supported by the Cultural Offices of the Cities of Bonn, Düsseldorf and Cologne as well as by the Ministry for Culture and Sciences of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Supported by the Hessische Theaterakademie (Hessian Theatre Acadamy), the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies Gießen and the Cultural Office of the City of Gießen.