Don't hope (Martin Clausen und Kollegen)
The phrase “Don’t hope” can be understood as a call, against our civilised custom in the present, to grant greater significance to what has been achieved, and ultimately is in the past, than to the future, the planned. Four performers initiate a group dynamic process. In preparation for the first production by Martin Clausen und Kollegen (2013), the protagonists – Johannes Dullin, Johannes Hock, Peter Trabner, Martin Clausen – spoke with the mentally disturbed, the almost-disturbed, and the non-disturbed, as if there were no differences among them. Is it possible to respond to disappointments or rejections with reactive patterns that are not solely based on imitating behavioral patterns? The musicians Doc Schoko, Mario Schulte and Harald Wissler accompany the performers, slowly merging into a group in the following productions. They act in the hope of finding a quite personal form of intelligence for such situations. Can this result in a better society, a better “ego”? They continue to make demands on one another until it all becomes too much. Their well-trained techniques in perseverance fail them. In the end, desperation seems to be the simplest way out.
Performance: Martin Clausen, Johannes Dullin, Johannes Hock, Peter Trabner
Music: Doc Schoko, Mario Schulte, Harald Wissler
Space and Objects: Ivan Bazak - Karpatentheater
Concept: Martin Clausen
Light: Benjamin Schälike
Costumes: Anna-Lisa Kentner, Malena Modéer
Assistance: Leonie Rodrian, Werner Waas
Press & Production: björn & björn
Production: Martin Clausen. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
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).