Theater der Peinlichkeit – MOBBING CLOWNS
Hate is everywhere. Whether in amateur football, in Facebook comments, or in the White House. We are faced with an increased willingness to devalue people for various reasons, including blatant contempt or physical violence. But is this really a new trend, or do we simply learn more about the hate of people these days, mostly more often than we like?
And what does that mean for young people? We – Lea Whitcher, Stephan Stock and Wanja van Suntum – are developing a play that transforms the experiences and thoughts of young people into a grotesque, distorted stage language and play it back to these young people.
We assume that young people have a lot to say about hatred, mobbing and violence. And there are some things that are still listened too rarely. For the research of our piece, we collaborate with two ninth-grade Zurich school classes. We discuss with them the state of their world, the different relationships they have and how they are threatened by violence. We see the young people here as experts with whom we conduct an intergenerational dialogue at eye level. The finished play is aimed at young people aged 13 and over and will be performed in classrooms and theatres. The result is a hybrid project that brings theatre to school and the world of young people to theatre.
For the staging of these texts, the figure of the clown serves us as an aesthetic and content-related approach. The clown as an archetypal figure of world theatre is a mobber and mobbed at the same time, a horror clown and a popular figure, stupid and wise. The three perfomers Stock, van Suntum and Whitcher want to find their personal clown to approach the complex topic of violence ambivalently. They will be supported by production manager Elena Conradt and theatre pedagogue Sarah Verny. We want to search for theatrical means to counter hatred. These are means that tell of our entanglement in violence and yet try to find solace in what may be our last accessible comfort: humour.
Co-production Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik Zurich. Supported by the City of Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS, Georg und Bertha Schwyzer-Winiker-Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung and Dr. Adolf Streuli Stiftung.
Tuesday, 11. February 2020, 19:30
Thursday, 28. February 2019, 20:00 Premiere
Friday, 1. March 2019, 20:00
Saturday, 2. March 2019, 20:00
Von und mit
Stephan Stock, Wanja van Suntum, Lea Whitcher
Elena Conradt, produktionsDOCK