Direction and Play Development
Feeling A – Doing Loss / ein performatives Wendestück 

Werkschau @ Circus Schatzinsel am 01./02./03.10.2022 

Erfurt ’89, after the summer vacations. Anja enters the classroom. Steffen, the Nazi, is still there. Moritz is gone. Janet is still there. Nicole is gone. The principal is still there. Unlike her husband. He has also moved over. In the years 1989/90, the phenomenon of being there and being gone continues. Little by little, things from everyday life that had previously been a matter of course disappear. In their place, new things are added and overwrite the previously valid reality. There is hardly any time for farewells.
Germany reunited. Can this mean less than more? What do we remember in the context of unification narratives? Is there a legitimation for a sense of loss in this?

Based on interviews of the theater maker Anika Lachnitt with the artist Anja Gessenhardt and in collaboration with the video artist Friederike Bérat and the dramaturge Dag Lohde, Feeling A – Doing Loss is a poetic memory performance beyond the normative historiography. Using means of documentary theater and contemporary circus, the piece weaves together biographical narratives of upheaval, coming of age, and the experience of loss, and traces the arc from 1989 to the present day.

funded by Neustart Kultur

Idea, Play Development & Staging
Anika Lachnitt

Performance & Play Development
Anja Gessenhardt

Video & Stage
Friederike Bérat

Production Management & Dramaturgical Consultant
Dag Lohde

Caroline Moos

Sound Design
Anke Wisch

Achim Scheffler

Set Design
Serra Öner

Claire Terrien

Public Relations
Charlie Ebert 

Blandine Casen

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