13.02.19 14.02.19

Die Vernichtung - Ersan Mondtag

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Vernichtung 7629 Web
The difference between active self-destructors and their bomb-belts and these passive self-destructors with their professed hedonism is not as great as they would like it to be.

Three characters grow up in a big European city: they are privileged, well-educated and bored. While they waste their time playing children’s games, they discover the pleasure of the forbidden. They lose themselves in ecstatic states that quickly prove to be empty. The desire for something ‘real’ to happen grows stronger every day. They seek refuge in the intimacy of their close community, which then becomes a cage from which there is no escape. The Western project of self-determination has become uncertain, even paranoid. However, what initially seems to be paradoxical, is in fact remarkable: the difference between active self-destructors and their bomb-belts and these passive self-destructors with their professed hedonism is not as great as they would like it to be. Ersan Mondtag is one of the most celebrated young German directors. His plays, Tyrannis and Die Vernichtung, were invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen; as an all-round artist he was voted ‘up-and-coming director’ and set and costume designer of the year in the German-speaking region. This season he is creating the new production De living for NTGent.

Ersan Mondtag creates an artificial illusory idyll, a stunning mixture of cultural and natural fragments. A Gesamtkunstwerk, which at the same time honours every technoparty.
Stephan Reuter - jury member of the Berlin Theatertreffen
Ersan Mondtag has once again created a Gesamtkunstwerk and has transformed the text by the young author Olga Bach into a green-growing supposed paradise.
Anke Dürr - Der Spiegel
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In German with English surtitles

estimated duration

1h15'
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  • Sophia Burtscher
  • Jonas Grundner-Culemann
  • Elias Reichert
  • Nikolay Sidorenko
credits

direction

dramaturgy

text

Olga Bach

set and costume design

Ersan Mondtag

assistant set and costume design

Paula Wellmann

dramaturgy

Eva-Maria Bertschy

light design

Rainer Casper & Rolf Lehmann

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