Come Together (Martin Clausen und Kollegen)
In their third piece at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, “Come Together,” (2015) people from various social “spheres”, people with very large economic differences that prefer to hang out in eateries, were asked to encounter one another. The seven-hour long encounter, along with more discussions with farmers, millionaires, former petty criminals as well as discussions within the group, served as the main source at the level of text. A normal evening under abnormal circumstances, of company and disguised social enmity. The performers Martin Clausen, Rahel Savoldelli and Peter Trabner and the musicians Mario Schulte, Doc Schoko and Harald Wissler let worlds collide. Whether efficient, unempathetic, nouveau riche or unteachable–the ludicrous everyday dialogues form a fertile breeding ground from which analyses of modern civilization sprout, and where music and choreography can come together in productive ways.
Performance: Martin Clausen, Rahel Savoldelli, Peter Trabner
Music: Mario Schulte, Doc Schoko, Harald Wissler
Space: Ivan Bazak – Karpatentheater
Lighting: Benjamin Schälike
Costumes: Lisa Kentner & Malena Modéer
Concept and Direction: Martin Clausen
Collaboration: Javier Aléman, Philip Ellermann, Werner Waas, Mirko Winkel, Tereza-Tetiana Yakovyna
Production and PR: björn & björn
Production: Martin Clausen und Kollegen. Co-Production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the Capital Culture Fund.
Martin Clausen’s collaboration with the musicians Doc Schoko, his brother Mario Schulte and Harald Wissler is entering its sixth year. Martin Clausen und Peter Trabner can now look back at a 15-year collaboration, reaching back to the beginnings of Clausen’s first performances, which started them on their professional lives with TWO FISH. Both of them deal in different ways with improvisation, Peter Trabner in street theatre as well as in newer, improvised film formats, for instance with director Axel Ranisch. Rahel Savoldelli, whose work in socio-cultural projects at Jobact has brought her into contact with laypeople of all colours, is also active in the social muscle clubs. In addition to the outside eye of Werner Waas, a theatre director with a longstanding career, above all with greats from the Italian theatre, “Come Together” also includes collaboration with a former TWO FISH colleague, Javier Aléman, a Spanish dancer, choreographer and actor, working as a coach for choreographic elements and the connection between acting and elements of movement. In its collaboration with the costume designers Anna-Lisa Kentner and Malena Malena Modèer, the stage designer, Nestroy prize winner and visual artist Ivan Bazak – Karpatentheater as well as with the light designer Benjamin Schälike, the production and PR firm björn & björn and HAU Hebbel am Ufer, the group is pursuing the principle of a long-term, constant and faithful collaboration.
Under the artistic direction and management of Annemie Vanackere, HAU Hebbel am Ufer presents contemporary artistic positions that explore the intersection of theatre, dance, and performance. In addition, music, visual arts, and theoretically oriented discursive events are core components of the diverse program. Instead of relying on a permanent ensemble, HAU does not only develop, but also presents international co-productions, festivals, and projects realized within and beyond Berlin’s international dance and theatre scene. Since 2013, HAU Hebbel am Ufer has, for instance, been solely responsible for organizing the “Tanz im August” festival. Crucial cornerstones of the program are a contemporary repertoire including renowned classics as well as festivals highlighting current themes, as could for instance be seen in “Precarious Bodies. Tanz, Performance, Körperpolitik“ (2013), “Das Große Nature Theater of Oklahoma ruft Euch!“ (2013), “Good Guys Only Win in Movies. Künstlerische Positionen aus Bukarest und Chisinau“ (2014), "Männlich Weiß Hetero. Ein Festival über Privilegien" (2015), “HEINER MÜLLER!“ (2016), or "Utopische Realitäten" (2017).