All photos © Diana Küster
First there were few; then there were more. And even then they already exclaimed, “The boat is full.” Now they’re coming, hundreds of thousands of them, through deserts, across mountains and the great sea in the South.
They spare no efforts, risk their lives, and pay horrendous amounts of money to their smugglers. They seek protection from war and terror, from poverty and lack of prospects. They have shaken our border fences for so long and so fiercely that they could pass. However, the German chancellor’s “We can do it” policy and the wave of civilian help is countered with severe reactions of defence everywhere. In his new project, director Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer (Season 2014/16 The Ghosts of Capital) attends to the question of how long a certain society can succeed in maintaining its openness and liberality in the light of millions of refugees on their way to the rich Western countries. Is the atmosphere of the welcoming culture changing, and will there be a war of the worlds?
Elfriede Jelinek, who has been working on a heavyset work on the European refugee crisis since 2013, offered the text for Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer’s new production. So far, five texts have been published under the title Die Schutzbefohlenen (The Suppliants). The world premiere took place at the Thalia Theatre in 2014; since then, numerous other productions have been developed. The penultimate part Epilogue grounded was published in January 2016, and was employed for the first time in Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer’s production at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.
Die Schutzbefohlenen / Appendix / Coda / Epilog auf dem Boden
By Elfriede Jelinek
Director | Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer
Stage Designer | Thilo Reuter
Costume Designer | Michael Sieberock-Serafimowitsch
Video | Adrian Ganea
Dramatrgy | Olaf Kröck
Cast | Jürgen Hartmann, Roland Riebeling, Dennis Herrmann, Matthias Eberle, Veronika Nickl, Xenia Snagowski, Kristina Peters
Premiere | 9 April 2016 7.30 p.m.
Kammerspiele, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany
The opening has been presented in context of the frame programme
of the UTE General Assembly in Bochum
and was shown with English surtitles on this occasion.