"Must every moment in life be witnessed? Does everything, everything, everything need to be shared, collected, analysed and discussed?"
Janne is a young, modern man of around 40. He works at himself every day. He attempts to create an optimal self, questions his own motives and reconsiders his consumer choices. His ex, Katja, overwhelmed with the requirements of raising their daughter, River, searches for comfort among various new Prince Charmings and in her friendship with Janne’s mother Sigrun, who, tired of hegemonic masculinity, has opted for a life entirely without men. Meanwhile, Janne’s father Günther, the well-travelled ethnologist, refuses to be blinkered by Christian-Eurocentricism and therefore celebrates, to the irritation of his bourgeois son, a variety of exotic rituals. When Günther’s Japanese lover Takeshi shows up in Germany, their images of themselves begin to falter. All members of this non-traditional family are searching for moments of ecstasy and disorientation – at a time in which we are more self-interested than ever before.
In her new commission for the Deutsches Theater, Rebekka Kricheldorf – an expert at sharp and unconventional social satire – tackles the absurd ways in which the desire for worship and ritual manifests itself in our enlightened and fast-moving world.
World premiere January 17, 2014
Judith HofmannSigrun / Gitta
Thomas SchumacherTakeshi / Jonas
Nermina Jovanovic/Zoë SeeligRiver
Nermina Jovanovic/Zoë Seelig