A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Possible World

© Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag

Premiere March 16, 2018
March 17 | 18, June 29 | 30, 2018
July 01, December 07 | 08 | 09, 2018
April 18 | 19 | 20, 2019


»Lord, what fools these mortals be!« (William Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a 400-year-old tangle of people, their bodies, their languages, dreams and feelings. In a palace and a forest at the summer solstice, lovers flee from the laws of urban society. Fairies and people encounter each other, and the previously manageable, well-ordered life gets out of control. Language loses its meaning here, bodies collide. Dream becomes reality and reality becomes dream. In a night full of desires and love, the innermost rages its way outwards.
In its current production, the theatre ensemble Possible World explores the potential of language as action in space. The starting points are the play text by Shakespeare and the German Sign Language. The ensemble includes six deaf and two hearing performers and two codas (Children of deaf adults). Since deaf people communicate in a visual-kinaesthetic way that seems unfamiliar to the hearing world, the international ensemble challenges the traditional western boundaries of language and literature.

Possible World was founded in 2009 by Michaela Caspar and Till Nikolaus von Heiseler. With A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Possible World is showing its fourth production at Ballhaus Ost.

Running time: approx. 1:30 h.
For hearing and deaf audiences, in BodySignLanguage.

Performance Anka Böttcher, Brian Duffy, Emilia von Heiseler, Eyk Kauly, Athina Lange, Peter Marty, Gal Naor, Okan Seese, Anne Zander, Wille F. Zante Translation into German Sign Language Eyk Kauly, Wille F. Zante, Corinna Brenner u.a. Direction Michaela Caspar Choreography The progressive wave | Gal Naor & Matan Zamir Choreography Bharatanatyam Rajyashree Ramesh Stage design, composition, photography Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag Costume design Gabriele Wischmann Visual vernacular Brian Duffy Video Jens Kupsch Dramaturgical consulting Till Nikolaus von Heiseler Light design Fabian Eichner Assitance direction and stage design Max Neu Production management Daniel Schrader

A production by Possible World in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by Aktion Mensch, Vinci Foundation and Herbert Grünewald Foundation.