Marat/Sade | NTGent
22.10.19 23.10.19

Marat/Sade Monster Truck

Monstertruck Maratsade Gp Print 3899 Kopie 1 Florian Krauss
This play in a play puts the balance of power in the theatre and a closed institution under pressure.
practical

general info

In German
Subtitles in Dutch & English

estimated duration

1h20'

What is the difference  between the healthy and the mentally ill, above and below, rich and poor? The Marquis de Sade, who at the end of his life was locked up in the Charenton psychiatric hospital, performs a play with the other patients. They re-enact the death of Jean Marat, a protagonist of the French Revolution. Socialism is confronted with extreme individualism. Who wins? Does the director ultimately have the last word? This play in a play puts the balance of power in the theatre and a closed institution under pressure.

With Marat/Sade, Monster Truck, like in their earlier work, investigate the autonomy and authenticity of people with mental disabilities on stage. Who can stage what? Who represents whom? Who sets the rules? The revolution is tested with a cast of people with mental disabilities. Can they break out of the theatre? Or does the curtain fall?

"The co-production with NTGent is a sharp and successful play about power of definition, representation, voluntarism and coercion"
Theater Heute

In the work of the German collective Monster Truck, science-fiction sets clash with past eras, the aesthetics of Hollywood blockbusters with nineteenth-century theatre, art conventions with physics and politics. The desire for spectacle and its critique always balance each other out. Monster Truck was founded in 2005 and works with a varying line-up of performers and visual artists. The core currently consists of Sahar Rahimi, Manuel Gerst and Marcel Bugiel. Monster Truck has won several prizes, toured internationally and played at renowned festivals.

Monster Truck is awarded the Tabori Prize 2019 for its "aesthetically highly demanding and at the same time cleaving works". The Tabori Prize is the highest award in Germany for the independent performing arts. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Fund awarded the George Tabori Prize for the first time on 31 May 2010 to outstanding professional ensembles and artists.

credits

by and with

Sahar Rahimi, Lukas von der Lühe, Ralf Kons, Alexandra Kamulski, Manuel Gerst, Rolf Fey, Jörg Eiben, Daniel Beisbart, Andreas Stebner, Lino Reifferscheidt, Renate Stahl, Dasniya Sommer, Sandra Siewert, Anne Nilson, Mark Schröppel, Sabine Schrader, Nicole Schnippenkötter, Roswitha Kons

dramaturgy

Tobias Staab

set & costume design

Monster Truck

production

Monster Truck, NTGent, Schauspielhaus Bochum

based on

Peter Weiss

in collaboration with

Lebenshilfe Bochum

with support of

het psychiatrisch ziekenhuis Bochum-Ehrenfeld, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation/Doppelpass Fund
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credits

by and with

Sahar Rahimi, Lukas von der Lühe, Ralf Kons, Alexandra Kamulski, Manuel Gerst, Rolf Fey, Jörg Eiben, Daniel Beisbart, Andreas Stebner, Lino Reifferscheidt, Renate Stahl, Dasniya Sommer, Sandra Siewert, Anne Nilson, Mark Schröppel, Sabine Schrader, Nicole Schnippenkötter, Roswitha Kons

dramaturgy

Tobias Staab

set & costume design

Monster Truck

production

Monster Truck , NTGent, Schauspielhaus Bochum

based on

Peter Weiss

in collaboration with

Lebenshilfe Bochum

with support of

het psychiatrisch ziekenhuis Bochum-Ehrenfeld, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation/Doppelpass Fund
practical

general info

In German
Subtitles in Dutch & English

estimated duration

1h20'
Until it holds from the inside With closed eyes, you can see whomever you’d like Only humans can fantasise Beyond madness, tenderness awaits There's all that future, still