In Tria Fata, the puppeteer and the musician play for nothing less than life and death. The end seems to have come for an old woman and so they play to stop it for a moment. As if through a kaleidoscope, she sees her life in fast forward on stage. Starting with her birth, through her childhood, to love, and finally to her last breath, the threads of life are spun, twisted and also severed. A life that perhaps never existed. And so it is played and spun until the most beautiful characters turn into the most ludicrous roles and even death can no longer keep up.
Nicole Mossoux's solo production lures us into a mysterious dream world of an empty house. A woman spends her time listening to the invisible. Unsettling sounds, phantom-like figures and traces of the past swell up and penetrate the room. A rumble of memories and ancestors are taking shape and disturb our present with their irretrievable past. How do you escape the memory of generations? The live sounds echo in the ghostly, meticulous movements and combine to create a very visual theatrical language of their own.
Far from the usual social conventions, four sisters celebrate their late father's birthday. However, this is anything but contemplative and the celebration gets out of control. There is fighting, dancing and singing. Grieving, masturbating, comforting and vomiting. As consistently loving and brutal as only families can be. In collaboration with the explosive formation Les Memoires d'Helène, an electrifying sisterhood of circus and theatre has been created. Soror deals with the abysses of family, loss, grief and anger - transgressive, absurd and deafeningly funny.
Based on the premise that everything is fucked but all is not lost yet, La Barque Acide take us on a post-apocalyptic circus trip. It is the end of the world as we know it. It is the toast that falls butter side down. In the time remaining before the impending apocalypse, everyone has the opportunity to expose their reality - or what is left of it - with its paradoxes and dangers. A unique, multi-faceted circus with 9 young artists from eight different nations. The show The End is Nigh! is so fresh that it is celebrating its preview in Lärz.
A tuxedo can hold a prince or a waiter. La Soirée is another three-dimensional composition of music, acrobatics and absurd theatre by the company My!Laika. As always with this international troupe, a Kafkaesque chaos of emotions is created by misguided expectations for audience and artists. Spectacular but nonsensical circus disciplines suddenly represent the only sensible way out of no less non-sensical situations. An anthology of repertoire from 10 years of Art-Cirque on the road with special guests, which My!Laika created especially for the inauguration of the new La Balena tent in Lärz.
A dog leash, a gun, a wedding dress, two bottles of champagne, 2kg of rice, 80cl of urine, lots of lipstick and lots of cold sweat. The two clowns Kalash and Moumoute celebrate a furious wedding and let us take part in their not entirely uncomplicated relationship. Here misery turns to grace and the joke to disaster. A dirty, gruesome and extremely funny disaster with very special humour. You can be there when the two radical clowns from Cie. Humains Gauches play this legendary show for the last time, burying it in the field in Lärz. Children are welcome when accompanied by adults.
The queer performance collective presents its first full-length reality TV show Reunion Bay - a hybrid of video art and live performance. After a long period of isolation, separate paths and different stages of neglect in Lockdown, the various drag characters meet again for the first time since the C-word was first used. They are invited to give a concert in Reunion Bay. But already on the plane everyone is drunk, the situation escalates. Will they manage to perform together in the end or will they fail on their own? A combination of docufiction and drama with a fair amount of cocktails and the right amount of self-irony.
El Khat are a four piece from Tel Aviv, all with different backgrounds - Iraq, Poland, Morocco and Yemen. Saadia Jefferson, the Band's debut album, is a glorious act of vandalism on Yemeni traditions led by inventor, carpenter, musician and composer Eyal El Wahab. Dismantling lyrics, melodies and compositions from Yemeni folk songs, El Khat delve into uncharted sonic territory updating Yemen's ancient culture. Using an orchestra of instruments old and new, many repurposed from junk objects and turned into instruments that sound similar to traditional Arabic and North African lutes and percussion, Tel Aviv based El Khat have imagined an indelible stamp of polyphonic, harmony soaked, pan-Arabic braindance.
Gym Tonic are an international five-piece and talk of the town when it comes to hyped-up synth punk. In some parallel universe, DEVO, Half Japanese and The Residents grew into one and decided to channel their energy into songs about nuclear catastrophes, vitamin injections, car sickness and deadly events. Throw melody lines straight out of the Twillight Zone on top and you have an all-around gem.
LeckiLeckiKolleki is a Leipzig collective dedicated to the art form of LambeLambe: Small theatre boxes played for one person at a time, offering very different short theatre experiences: Anasyra Temple offers a short redemption in a miniature feminist theatre. Time for Applause is a small glimpse into an archive of queer stories. Empowerment in a box on queerness, coming out, pride and LGBTQIA*. Robot Fortunes is a mini theatre between tarot and digitality. With a designed pack of cards, a mock AI prophesies a personal future. Dideldum asks what happens when oblivion threatens. When all the accumulated memories disappear and our everyday life suddenly seems alien.
The clatter of voices, cutlery, laughter, wine being poured, a glass tipping over. Hidden between trees, there is a long, unusual table to discover, set with idiosyncratic stories and curious scenery. In front of each plate hangs a pair of headphones that let you listen for two or three minutes to thoughts that are never spoken aloud. Visitors become part of the sensual installation and characters in the twelve different unspoken worlds of thought. Sit down at the Table of Thoughts and crawl into the head of one of the guests. I wonder what the person sitting next to you is thinking?
Deadly, dirty and dangerous. The brand new punk circus of the two women from Belfast offers a show full of absurd acrobatics, twisted humour and the unconventional use of household appliances. A D.I.Y. Performance that celebrates the wild and untamed. As well as being award-winning performers, Angelique Reckless Ross is also a two-time Australian Axe Throwing Champion. Mish Mash Thoburn grew up in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland and learned the beginnings of acrobatics by running away from the cops during the weekly riots. In the case of Snatch Circus, however, it is run to it!
In an impressive theatrical spectacle, Trip Over tells the story of Lola and Ocean - a pair of lovers who embark on a journey in search of identity and freedom. But the past also travels with them and casts an ever-growing shadow over the trip, which becomes an odyssey. The audience is taken into a spectacular world and confronted with the fundamental questions of existence: Of loneliness, the longing for togetherness, repression and the process of letting go. A wild open-air road movie with an old unpredictable Ford Mustang, live music and video projections.
Roll up, roll up for a cog and pulley wire ride through the recesses of reality. Get on the ghost train to the ultimate charlatan museum. The nomadic shamans of Twisted Fairground give off a whiff of nostalgic fairground and freak show around 1900. In a mix of installation, automated puppetry and physical theatre, they present a carnival of strange attractions. Their 3m tall puppet called La Serpentina is full of wondrous surprises. 120 guests per performance can see and be amazed by their new show Mysterys of Ecdisis.
Desperate, he rests in his greasy dressing room. Exhausted - and too inclined to the bottle - he waits to get on stage. Or has he just come off the stage? The visual performance OFF is about a weird artist with massive blackout problems. For each show, 50 visitors get a glimpse behind the scenes, where things are not as glamorous as you might think. But the harder it is for the actor, the funnier it gets for the audience. To make matters worse, the wardrobe seems to have a mind of its own. OFF is a hilarious and surprising short performance of 15 minutes each.
Are you insane? You might think that if you ask someone and do not get an answer. The little spider spins and is silent. The other animals ask her questions, want something from her. But she is silent and spins her web until it is finished. While the sheep, the cat, the pig, the fish, the rat and the bird have other important things on their minds, like eating grass, bathing in the mud or climbing trees. 3 players weave characters, narration, live music and fate into a little story about not letting yourself be distracted, peace of mind and persevering, about the silken thread of patience and the noisy world. For children and brave adults from the age of five.
The country mouse leaves his grandparents and follows the city mouse to the exciting metropolis. After all, everyone should see something of the world. The country mouse tries out city life, where there are delicious fish fingers from the freezer every day and you never have to chop wood. But is life really better in the sea of lights of the skyscrapers? In this fable, Martin Clausen and Katrin Hentschel question our constant longing for a better life and who can and wants to live how. A performance that encourages us to take life into our own hands in order to create a more meaningful way of living together.