They come flying from all over the world, the birds, in order to hold a conference. They long for a king who will save their realm from chaos and ruin. So the conference decides to go in search of the legendary Simurgh - the ideal strong ruler, the king of all beings. But the journey through seven valleys to the mountain of Oaf where Simurgh lives, is long and arduous. And already first excuses are being found to not start on the journey.
Falk Richter weaves the Persian verse epic by Farid ud-Din Attar of the 12th century into the socio-political questions of our time: Why don't we hear the world anymore? Why does it pass us by? In the middle of the noise of images and information, we don't see and understand anything anymore. With his analytical gaze, Richter dissects the mechanisms of repression which work to justify our life in the impossible. Around us, flora and fauna is dying, but our only goal in life remains growth. Not the growth of nature, sorry, but an abstract economic growth of profits. But what actually grows in the land of inexhaustible growth?
Financial towers grow into the unmeasurable.
As does the ice.
An angry and urgend text by the dramatist and director Falk Richter. A challenge to act.
Welcome to Paradise Lost
Inspiriert von „Die Konferenz der Vögel“ von Farid ud-Din Attar
UA: · Staatstheater Kassel · Directed by: Gustav Rueb