9th Festival 1999

Main programme

Dienstag 02. Nov. // 22.00 – 23.00 Uhr
Mittwoch 03. Nov. // 19.30 – 20.30 Uhr

Dominique Rust, Michael Wolf, Joey Zimmermann, Zürich

»Die Flecken der Giraffe«

Stück nach Motiven von Luis Buñuel, Salvator Dalí und Frederico García Lorca

Idee, Konzeption und Spiel:

Dominique Rust, Michael Wolf, Joey Zimmermann


Clarissa Herbst


Filmmelodien und Gavin Bryars


Bert de Raeymaecker

»The box that Cathérine Deneuve opens in Buñuel's ›Belle de Jour‹, the knife from ›An Andalusian Dog‹. Only the severed legs remain from Dalí's giraffe. The surrealists, deliverers of citations, flee from the commotion stirred up by the three actors. They are serious with the unserious« (Isabell Teuwsen, Tagesanzeiger, Zürich, 19.09.1997).

Three DJs put on their favourite records – cool to the extreme, in a desperate search for the right song or completely introverted. Three parties at the same time that are over before they really begin. One is not alone but remains alone nevertheless. The old records and life – they always go round in circles.

Dominique Rust, Michael Wolf, and Joey Zimmermann belong to the most sought-after actors of the independent theater scene in Switzerland. They have the best training and perform in the most well-known groups, for example the Klara Theater Basel. Their first joint project, »Die Flecken der Giraffe« (»The Spots of the Giraffe«), draws sustenance from associations with famous surrealists, but, through its mixture of nostalgia and melancholy, conveys a very contemporary sense of the times.

A theater language that moves away from speech and towards the possibility of shifting from the second to the third dimension. And a closing scene probably without equal – also a magnificent performance by the Flemish light designer Bert de Raeymaeker, who has worked for Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Susanne Linke among others. Agents of the pause, a show of rituals – an enchanting piece and a theatrical stroke of luck.

Uraufführung: 17.09.1997, Zürich

Produktion: Rote Fabrik, Zürich

Das Festival erfolgt mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Zürich.