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The Last Mortal

Premiere
half past selber schuld
Bühnen-Comic
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Language: English
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Following “Kafka in Wonderland”, half past selber schuld now present their first English-language stage comic. The Last Mortal is concerned with humanity’s eternal struggle with disease and death. Mega enterprise Wonderland Inc. continues to improve humans with technological enhancements. Then, Alexa becomes president of the world, and Big Data appears as a superhero offering his help to anyone, yet without differentiation as to who it is actually feeding information to. The battle against racism is waged through skin colour filters, while tiny nanorobots advance against illnesses in the body, therein stumbling over philosophical questions of principle.

 

The Last Mortal is a collection of situations that traverses different stages of this fictitious future through music, puppetry, and figure play. Portraying these radical upheavals, it expresses the drama of a transitory generation. It traces the path of the mortal and organic human being towards the immortal, artificial hybrid. Inspired by thoughts and predictions made by transhumanist thinkers such as Ray Kurzweil and other visionaries, the actual technological state of our world will be redrawn satirically. In doing so, hopeful imagery and disturbing scenarios appear, meaning to fully convey the spectrum of this progress, showing the contradictions alongside the enormous new possibilities.


half past selber schuldis a German-Israeli artist duo from Düsseldorf that has been producing  musical comics for the stage for the last 20 years. Alongside numerous awards and grants, the duo won RTL TV show “RTL Puppenstars” and is considered the inventor of the stage comic. Alongside the established core team around half past selber schuld, there will also be a number of peculiarities and further co-operations on several levels in this production. In collaboration with several US-based artists like shadow artist Christine Marie (Los Angeles), co-writer Eli Presser (Los Angeles) as well as with vaudeville artists Roy Tracy (Los Angeles) and Anya Askew (Florida), half past selber schuld will create an English-language stage comic for the first time.


Book/Direction/Composition/Production: half past selber schuld. Live Team: half past selber schuld, Florian Deiss, Marko Erak Bonsink, Tijmen Brozius, Bruno Belil, Roy Tracy (USA), Anya Askew (USA). Light Design: Tobias Heide. Sound and Video: Lex Parka. Music: half past selber schuld with Lex Parka, Sven Kacirek, Dodo NKishi. Video: half past selber schuld, TubeHeads, Carlos Fleischer. Shadow Design: half past selber schuld and Christine Marie (USA). Co-Writing: Eli Zachary Socoloff Presser (USA). Photos and Graphics: Christian Ahlborn. Co-Production: FFT Düsseldorf, International figuren.theater.festival Nuremberg, Erlangen, Fürth, Schwabach, Fidena Bochum and Pumpenhaus Münster. Supported by the Ministry for Culture and Sciences of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Cultural Office of the State Capital of Düsseldorf, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. and Stiftung Van Meeteren. With friendly support lent by Firma A. Haussmann Theaterbedarf GmbH.