“Comrades – let’s optimize it!” Computers should control production in real time. Nothing came of it. The market took over. Everyone only optimises himself. But information wants to be free. It blows up every system: first socialism, then capitalism. The GDR also had a Silicon Valley, in Schwedt, the “city of the future”. Fifty years ago the revolution broke out there – the WTR (scientific and technological revolution). Computers were networked together for the first time in an oil processing plant. And automation was tested. The piece “Horizons” about the “introduction of electronic data processing into human relations” (Heiner Müller) was written with the workers at the plant. Only the “networked individual” of the early 21st century knows what this means: the wall had to come down so that we could get Facebook. But the network has long been dreaming the wildest dreams of the old revolutionaries* of a new humanity that will live forever. Together with members of the former Workers’ Internal Theatre, andcompany&Co. have retreated into a cyber forest to rehearse for immortality:
“…I optimise you, you optimise me
And if it doesn’t work out we play theatre
And one plays the other and it works
And tomorrow, communism will break out…”
Duration: 1 hour 20 min
Limited number of seats.
The event will take place in compliance with the necessary hygiene measures in the context of COVID-19 regulations.
Reservations are not possible – only online or direct purchase at the advance booking offices and in the visitor centre. Remaining tickets are available at the box office.
Concept & direction: andcompany&Co. (Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord, Sascha Sulimma & Co.)
text: Alexander Karschnia, Luise Meier, Nicola Nord & Co.
Dramaturgy: Alexander Karschnia & Co.
Music: Sascha Sulimma with Jan Brauer, Matthias Engler & Co.
Choreographic advice: Jasmin İhraç
From & with: Hartmut Bartsch, Hildegard Bartsch, Jochen Bismarck, Henry Bitter, Katharina Günther, Brigitte Paulick, Peter Schauer, Regina Walter, Regine Walter, Senior*inner choir PCK Schwedt
Stage: Lena Newton with Caroline Wächter
Costumes & Cooperation Stage: Franziska Sauer, Caroline Wächter
Lighting design: Rainer Casper
video: Kathrin Krottenthaler and Fruzsina Jesse
Dramaturgy collaboration: Verena Katz
Scientific advice: Eva Renvert
Assistant director: Kasia Noga
Hospitanz Equipment:Hanne Jannasch
Technical management: Marc Zeuske
Company Management: Caroline Farke
Administration & Communication: Rahel Häseler
A production by andcompany&Co. in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, HELLERAU European Centre for the Arts, FFT Düsseldorf and Uckermärkische Bühnen Schwedt.
The production is supported by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.