Reto Finger

Vorstellungen und Instinkte
Auftragsarbeit für das Schauspielhaus am Pfauen, Zürich
2 D, 3 H
UA: 09.04.2009 · Schauspielhaus am Pfauen, Zürich · Directed by: Sandra Strunz
There was a time in their lives when they were made for each other. They were very close, got along well, and there was reason to assume they had found a partner for life: Anna and Hans. They got married and had a child as a crowning achievement. Unique. But with the second child, the discontent arrives: Hans has a vision of a new social order, away from the small family. His specific search for a place and kindred spirits causes a terrible relationship crisis. Anna feels like he betrays her and the children. The suggested new happiness clashes with her idea of life: polygamy instead of monogamy, autonomy instead of bourgeoisie, and freedom within a commune. The marriage fails. The long story of a separation begins.
Hans and Anna spend a lifetime arguing with each other about the big and seemingly small things, the hopes and disappointments, the ideas and instincts. And furthermore, the play is about the search for a better society, about the inability to understand another human being, about experiences and mistakes and the painful realisation that a lifetime sometimes isn’t enough to forgive everything.

“If you want to talk about the moral of a story it is appropriate to look at the art of the poet. In Reto Finger’s plays, the characters express themselves through images, and the images shine through the words.” Feridun Zaimoglu