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Ein Mensch wie ihr

Nach "Fatzer" von Bertolt Brecht

Ein vielstimmiger Parcours in Kriegszeiten: Theater, Tanz, Geschichten, Fest


The history of mankind is dominated by wars and conquests, by the rise and collapse of countries and empires, by domination and oppression. That this history might have come to its end, as the political scientist Francis Fukuyama claimed in 1989 after the collapse of the USSR, has long been disproved. And yet the war in Ukraine has abruptly torn us from a beautiful dream: War in Europe! As if we had convinced ourselves for decades that the eternal dispute about the right conception of man - whether he is "good by nature", as Rousseau was convinced, or "man's wolf", as Hobbes emphasised - had been decided.
Even if heated debates continue to rage among historians, anthropologists and sociologists, the findings clearly point in one direction: we have always tended to attack each other in an organised way - in other words, to wage war. The Theater an der Ruhr, the Mülheim Theatertage and the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr invite you to a joint theatre tour through the Stadthalle to "think for three minutes" - as Bertolt Brecht's "Fatzer" says - about the human species as a communal being, as an asocial being, as a war-monger and as a creature that can constructively shape the future.

In Mülheim an der Ruhr, during the time of the First World War, when all morality was stripped away, a story took place between four men that ended with the complete downfall of all four, but amid murder, perjury and depravity showed the bloody traces of a kind of new morality. Bertolt Brecht

What Brecht negotiates in the Fatzer fragment is the difference between radical self-centredness and collectivity, between spontaneity and discipline, egoism and a sense of social responsibility. This material forms the foil for very different explorations of the eternal return of war and the eternal longing to live in another world, in a pacified society. Playing, dancing, giving a thoughtful voice to people from the past and present, travelling through dark times into the unconscious, using sound installations, research, video and film, three artistic teams around the choreographer Rafaële Giovanola, the author and director Christine Umpfenbach and the director and visual artist Philipp Preuss as well as a large, diverse choir of citizens with a total of more than 60 participants together with the audience "conquer" the heart of the city and open up a new view of its spaces.
The audience wanders through a theatre parcours made up of very different parts: Fatzer/Body, Fatzer/Voices, Fatzer/Times, Fatzer/Choir...
And what the four war resisters around the egoist Fatzer fail, may we finally succeed together: Forming choirs. Weave bonds! 

Texts: Bertolt Brecht (Fatzer), Christine Umpfenbach a.o.

Further performances: 03, 04 November 7 pm In the Stadthalle Mülheim.

A project by vier.ruhr, Theatre Alliance: Mülheimer Theatertage, Ringlokschuppen, Theater an der Ruhr. Supported within the framework of NEUE WEGE by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with the NRW KULTURsekretariat and und der Stiftung Mülheimer Wohnungsbau.




FRAGMENT Theatersaal
Ensemble: Günther Harder, Leonhard Hugger, Fabio Menéndez, Steffen Reuber, Rupert J. Seidl, Gabriella Weber
Textversion and direction: Philipp Preuss
Stage: Ramallah Sara Aubrecht
Costume: Eva Karobath
Video: Konny Keller
Dramaturgy: Helmut Schäfer
Composition: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Light: Jochen Jahncke, Toni Mersch
Sound: Uwe Muschinksi
Make-up: Suzana Schönwald
Assistant director: Toby Stöttner

With: Eda Aliji, Anya Dudkina, Inge Ketzer, Sham Mousa, Jasmina Musić, Suhair Amal Omran, Berit Vander
Choir: Rama Al Sayasneh, Aimée Doms, Sarah Kranenpoot,  Vanessa Neutsch, Diana Zaza, Lisa Zimmermann
Text and direction: Christine Umpfenbach
Dramaturgy: Dijana Brnic, Philine Kleeberg
Costume: Mona Kuschel
Stage: Ramallah Sara Aubrecht
Video: Anton Kaun
Choir: Gijs Burger, Thorsten Töpp
Sound: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Light: Dávid Gyebrovszky
Audio: Maximilian Stadler, Thomas Straub
Assistant director: Lennart Wegmann

From and with: Léonce Noah Konan, Jonathan Sanchez, Silvia Ehnis Pérez Duarte, María Mercedes Flores Mujica, Wisam Atfah, Abdulrazak Balksh, Alaa Nema, Maryam Nema, Olena Polianska
Choreographie in cooperation with the ensemble and concept: Rafaële Giovanola
Composition: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Stage: Ramallah Sara Aubrecht
Costume: Fa-Hsuan Chen
Light: Daniel Kaschler, Timo Löffler
Sound: Jan Godde
Dramaturgical consulting: Rainald Endrass
Outside Eye for choreographie: Alvaro Esteban López
Choreographic assistance: Silvia Ehnis Pérez Duarte, María Mercedes Flores Mujica

Bekim Aliji, Eda Aliji, Rama Al Sayasneh, Mukerem Arifi, Wisam Atfah, Abdulrazak Balksh, Kati Beck, Ulla Christmann, Christian de Wendt, Aimée Doms, Silvia Ehnis Pérez Duarte, Anya Dudkina, María Mercedes Flores Mujica, Ragnhild Geck, Rafaële Giovanola, Günther Harder, Mona Hielscher, Leonhard Hugger, Joachim Huy, Margarethe Jeler, Karla Kaspers, Anja Keienburg, Harald Keienburg, Inge Ketzer, Nina Kolf, Sarah Kranenpoot, Juliane Kraus-Dorgathen, Fabio Menéndez, Sham Mousa, Jasmina Musić, Maria Neumann, Alaa Nema, Maryam Nema, Vanessa Neutsch, Léonce Konan Noah, Suhair Amal Omran, Olena Polianska, Steffen Reuber, Christophger Rupprecht, Jonathan Sanchez, Leo Leóni Schmidt, Norbert Schröter, Kugatharcini Selvaratnam, Rupert J. Seidl,  Karina Sosnowski, Karola Szabó, Marina Terzan, Maja Terzan, Berit Vander, Zhen Wang, Gabriella Weber, Lennart Wegmann, Beate Wüsten, Diana Zaza, Lisa Zimmermann
Musical direction: Gijs Burger
Composition: Thorsten Töpp
Cooperation: Lisa Zimmermann
Accordion: Slavi Grigorov
Coordination: Karola Szabó
Childcare: Gigi Mertens "Oma Gigi"



Tickets are available from € 8,- according to the "pay what you can principle"


Premiere: 14.10.2022


Stadthalle Mülheim an der Ruhr
Theodor-Heuss-Platz 1
45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr