Premiere May 16, 2018
»The only thing that interests me is nonsense: only that which has no practical meaning. Life interests me only in its absurd manifestations. Heroism, pathos, daring, ethics, hygiene, morality, tenderness and fervor are odious to me as words and feelings. However I fully understand and respect: ecstasy and exultation, inspiration and despair, passion and obsession, debauchery and chastity, sorrow and grief, joy and laughter.« (Daniil Kharms, 1937)
End of the Story is a music theatre performance for 3 performers, string instruments, electronics and projectors, inspired by the Russian writer Daniil Kharms (1905 – 1942) and the artist Kazimir Malevich (1878 – 1935).
Based on the works, notes, and real-life circumstances of Kharms and Malevich, End of the Story is a story about storytelling. Three performers and a visual artist play with expressive forms and constellations, so as to question the mechanisms through which meaning is created. The text material undergoes a wide range of narrative, linguistic, visual and physical delivery: from objective to drastic and from mechanical to sentimental. The intention is to conjugate the discrepancy between recounted meaning, as a basic human need, and artistic narration. Language as music and music as language. Body as material and form as body.
End of the Story is a demonstration of the meaninglessness of the creation of meaning, the rejection of a universally valid reality and a call for the dictatorship of nonsense.
Performance in English.
Performance Katrin Lohmann, Paul Valikoski, Michael Rauter Concept, Direction, Composition Michael Rauter Stage and light design Ladislav Zajac Sound engineering Johann Günther Dramaturgy, Choreography collaborator Floor van Leeuwen Composition collaborator Paul Valikoski Concept collaborator Anna Iskina Text collaborator Tammin J. Lee Production management Carolin Schulz
A Michael Rauter / Bob’s Company production in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.