Named after a line of songs by Nina Hagen, Meyer, Pötsch and Connert develop a documentary play which, in the form of a concert, makes it possible to experience the specific emotional world in the popular music of the GDR of that time. Ten selected songs will be re-interpreted by a young generation of musicians* together with original actors* from the GDR music scene and placed in a historical context with documentary material such as interviews, minutes of the state review commission of the district committee for entertainment art and contemporary witness reports. The evening aims to convey to today’s audience the special significance of popular music for the everyday culture of the people in the GDR and its hidden resistance, soft subversiveness and lasting quality beyond the historically oblivious Ostalgia.
We drive love out to pasture is not an evening of nostalgia, but rather a happening with euphoric mass dance that relies on the timelessness of the pieces.
Lea Connert (director)
Lea Connert studied theatre studies at the FU Berlin from 2001-2007 and theatre direction at the HfMT Hamburg from 2008-2012, with a focus on play development and performative installations. In 2012 she received a scholarship from the ZEIT Foundation Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City, in 2013 she was Artist in Residence at Fleetstreet Theater Hamburg. Since 2013 she has been a freelance director and production manager for Hajusom, the Dockville Kunstcamp, Lichthof Theater, Barner 16, and others.
Carsten “Erobique” Meyer (musical direction)
Since 1997 Carsten Meyer has been performing under the name EROBIQUE alone at parties and in clubs in order to animate the young people with his improvised and unconventional disco music to dance parties. He released music with his band International Pony (together with DJ KOZE and Cosmic DJ) and worked at the same time on many German stages as a theatre composer and musician, among others for Studio Braun, Stefan Pucher or Herbert Fritsch. In 2005 Meyer created the ‘Suite for Gilbert & George’ for the Munich ‘Haus der Kunst’, which accompanied the great retrospective of the British artist couple. In addition to many musical collaborations (including the musical project ‘Songs for Joy’ with Jacques Palminger at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin), radio plays for WDR and SWR and invitations to musical exchanges to Israel, Brazil and the Ivory Coast, he composed music for film and television (including “Fraktus”, “Der Tatortreiniger”).
Paul Pötsch (musical direction and dramaturgy)
Paul Pötsch is singer and lyricist of the band “Trümmer”. In 2014 he received the German Record Critics’ Award. He wrote theatre music for Stefan Pucher at the Thalia Theater, received a commission at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2015. As an actor he was involved in theatre, television and film works with Schorsch Kamerun, René Pollesch, Edward Berger and others.
Isabelle Kaiser (stage & costume)
Isabelle Kaiser is a freelance stage and costume designer. Between 2009 and 2014 she studied scenography at the Zurich University of the Arts and the Berlin University of the Arts with a focus on stage design. In 2015/16 she worked as a stage design assistant at the Zurich Opera House. During the current season she is assisting Herbert Fritsch and Hartmut Meyer at the Zurich Opera House and Schauspielhaus. As a cultural scholarship holder of the Swiss canton Thurgau 2016/17 Isabelle Kaiser develops her own theatrical and free artistic projects at home and abroad.