"I think it makes sense and I think we have no alternative right now: we have to discuss. We have to ask ourselves questions put to us by others to find out what stage we’re at and whether we can, should, or want to identify with the Commandments." (Jette Steckel)
Who is this "we" which we use as a matter of course? What boundaries and values, stories and laws define it, unite it or, on the contrary, disunite it? Long before the advent of Basic Law, Bach's cantatas, the Enlightenment, or Cranach's paintings, Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai for the people that he had led out of Egyptian slavery to the Promised Land. So first and foremost, the Ten Commandments were a set of guidelines to live life in freedom, which were meant to preserve the dignity of each individual. But what do the Ten Commandments mean today? Are they a provocation or even a source of friction which has disappeared from our consciousness? Or do they still require us to take up an attitude?
In the face of what is happening in Europe, whether it is the refugee "crisis", the rise of right-wing populist slogans and parties or a public discourse that is increasingly marked by hatred and lack of differentiation, we – that is playwrights, dramatists, film directors, journalists and musicians – have been asked to react to one of the commandment. Nine actors under Jette Steckel's direction will bring to stage texts, songs and short films. This offers the audience a space to think, in which highly up-to-date texts, recently written by contemporary playwrights about this period of history, can be questioned and discussed from different perspectives.
Stage lighting Matthias Vogel
Sound Marcel Braun, Matthias Lunow