If we are who we once were, who are we when we forget ourselves? What does identity have to do with memory and what does forgetting have to do with loss? What does it mean to live in the present without a past? Is it total loss of self or absolute freedom?
Six young people between the ages of 10 and 19, whose grandparents are suffering from dementia, have set out in search of memories, have asked questions, done research and made recordings. Retrospective, fragmentary, disintegrating life stories are accompanied by photos, sound and video recordings from family archives. This research results in a kaleidoscope of childhood memories and stories of forgetting by describing a disease that can proceed in many different ways. At the same time, we hear about the dreams of these young actors who are just beginning to plan their lives: What do I want to experience when I’m 15, 30 or 60? What do I want to remember when I’m 70? What will others remember about me when I’m gone? What will remain? A past that threatens to fade from memory is confronted with equally uncertain utopias of the future. In the poles between the two – the projections of young players who still have their future ahead of them and the vanishing memories of their grandparents at the end of their lives – a multi-layered story of beginnings and endings emerges.
Selbstvergessen (Forgetting Ourselves) was conceived as a live stream even before rehearsals began. Especially when it comes to “remembering and forgetting” as a topic, it seemed important not to preserve the experience digitally and thereby make it accessible. The shared memory of Selbstvergessen (Forgetting Ourselves) only takes place in the present: it is transient and can be remembered or forgotten in the same way as any other theatrical performance. That’s what makes it unique, fragile and precious. Every performance will be different. There is no written version, only a fixed sequence of scenes. At best, the audience members will feel that they are participating in something created for them at that very moment. It is an attempt to transfer what constitutes theatre into digital form: unique togetherness at the same moment.
Music Daniel Sapir
Lights Heiko Thomas, Peter Grahn
Camera Livestream Lennart Löttker, Jonas Klipp, Nora Josif
Head of Stream Peter Stoltz
17 April 2021
Livestream out of the Box
Noa Rosa Nrecaj
Paula Aschmann, Greta Borg, Lasse Kühlcke, Noa Rosa Nrecaj, Dimitrije Parkitny, Nike Strunk