19th Festival 2009 / Programme

Main programme

Samstag 07. Nov. // 22.00 – 23.30 Uhr
Sonntag 08. Nov. // 17.00 – 18.30 Uhr
Hochschule für Musik und Theater »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« / Dittrichring 21

Jo Fabian Department, Berlin

»Polka Dot. ein stilleben«   (Videoausschnitt  )


Konzept, Text, Inszenierung, Bühnenbild, Kostüme, Licht- und Videodesign:

Jo Fabian

3D-Bild »LoveDot« (Bühnenbild-Inspiration):

Rob Steenhorst


Annegret Thiemann, Matthias Horn



Im Anschluss an beide Vorstellungen findet ein Publikumsgespräch statt.
Moderation: Michael Freundt, Co-Direktor des Internationalen Theaterinstituts (ITI), Berlin (07. Nov.),
Arnd Wesemann, Herausgeber und Journalist ballet-tanz, Berlin (08. Nov.)

Jo Fabian gibt am 05. und 06. Nov., jeweils 11.00 – 14.00 Uhr, einen Workshop »Katagraphie« in der Villa.

Everything is marked with black dots: the wallpaper, the sofa, the lampshade, the dress, the porcelain dog, the bloodstained carpet. A man and his wife are in the living room, carefully watching each other in their conversation that constantly revolves around same everyday topics. A strange journey into the baffling desires of a couple trapped in the virtual world they have created. Only for the sake of their love do they not give up, yet they risk breaking apart on the gap between real and second life.

The starting point for this strange piece à la Beckett was the 3D image »LoveDot« by Dutch artist Rob Steenhorst. »Polka Dot. ein stilleben« (»Polka Dot. a still life«) is based on the »Berlin/Preußen« second life project (2007) by Jo Fabian and is twisted into a modern but folkloric tableau by Luxembourg musician Cyberpiper (Pit Vinandy) – in the guise of a star warrior with electronic bagpipes.

Jo Fabian, who was born in Berlin/East in 1960, studied acting in Rostock and staged at various theatres in the GDR. In 1987 he left the state theatre structures and founded his own group. The company Example dept. was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 1994. The Jo Fabian Department has given guest performances in Salzburg, Paris, Budapest, Porto, Brussels and Hong Kong, among other, and developed more than 40 productions in the course of time. They always show influences of fine arts and ironic approaches to Germany’s past and present. In 2001 Jo Fabian was awarded the »German producer’s prize for choreography«. The euro-scene Leipzig showed Jo Fabian’s plays »Shite Samurai« (1991), »Whisky & Flags« (1994), »Pax Germania« (1997), »tristan und isolde. nicht berühren« (2001) and »DIE IDIOTEN. das stück« (2005).

»No sense is evident. This intrinsically doleful discovery is staged by Jo Fabian as a brilliant play on the border between the virtual and reality; black humour and fiendishness, hilarious and highly aesthetic« (Tobias Schwartz, Zitty, Berlin, 25.05.2008).

Uraufführung: 22.05.2008, Orphtheater, Berlin

Internetseiten der Compagnie: www.jofabian.de

Produktion: Jo Fabian Department / Orphtheater / Halle Tanzbühne Berlin

Das Gastspiel in Leipzig erfolgt mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch das Nationale Performance Netz (NPN), München, aus Mitteln des Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien sowie der Kultur- und Kunstministerien der Länder.