The setting of the play is the time of the massacre in Kosovo, so the 21st century, when wars of this kind are the order of the day, and the lack of orientation amongst young people in their thirties has reached its peak, and not only in Europe. The battles of the old-68-ers are undigested history, the Holocaust of the Second World War haunts their minds as a quasi-forgotten phantom, the pressure to adapt to a society that has lost any political or economic alternative turns into a ruthless and identity-less actionism.
Which battlefields we are headed towards, which catastrophic areas we enter to get a unique "Take", the never-seen horror-photo—these are no longer distinguishable. It is only important to hold on to the connection to the moment and to protect oneself by distraction from reflection, from turning inwards. You do not sleep anymore, you collapse for brief moments, and physical touch only serves as an escape valve to prevent the final overkill.
A rapid disaster scenario of great explosiveness and timeliness.
"Richter thus tells the story of the war in the minds and hearts of the West, not how it really was, but how it came to be. It is the story of a self-referential media-cave and its inhabitants, and the strength of Falk Richter's text comes to light, for instance, in the monologues, an intermediate state which reproduces the foggy perplexity of this time." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
2 D, 6 H, 1 Dek
UA: 13.06.2000 · Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin · Directed by: Falk Richter
Translated into: Danish, French