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Polia - Die Stimmen der Stadt (UA)


Eine Musikperformance über den Identitätswandel unserer Städte


Nominated for the Kurt-Hackenberg-Prize 2022 for political theater in Cologne!
"From the very first image, this intermedial musical performance gets it right ... In a perfectly timed round of acting, music, movement, light and comic film, POLIS explores how city life is changing in the face of enormous (digital) acceleration." (Kölnische Rundschau, 11/13/2021)
In POLIS, VolXbühne, with a mixed ensemble of citizens from different milieus and generations - the youngest is 16, the oldest 98 years old - three professional performers and the musicians KRAZY (singer/songwriter), Kyusang Jeong (bass clarinet) and Peter Eisold (percussion & electronics), goes in search of the typical voices of the Rhine and Ruhr, which, in times of digitalized communication and social media, threaten to slowly fall silent like the voices of a vanishing era. In an intermedial music performance consisting of live music, acting, movement & comic drawings, these voices come into a field of tension with the rapidly accelerating environment and the sprawling digital reality. Where did city take place in the past, where will city take place in the future? How does the identity of cities and their inhabitants change in times of digitalization, corona pandemic and climate change? And even the little nickel virus has left its mark on urban societies....



With: Alice Janeczek, Andreas Beutner, Cilli Hagedorn, Clara Duchatz, Giorgos Psaroulakis, Helga Tillmann, Josef Hofmann, Krazy, Mohammad "Saado" Kharouf, Stefan Peterburs / Live music: KRAZY (guitar & vocals), Kyusang Jeong (bass clarinet), Peter Eisold (percussion, electronics & objects).
Direction & text: Jörg Fürst, musical direction: Peter Eisold, stage design: Jan Patrick Brand, costumes & drawings: Monika Odenthal, Videoscreening/VR-Installation: Valerij Lisa, Social Media Videoblog: Susann Martin, Lighting Design: Kern Holz, Production Management Cologne: Jule Klemm, Production Management/PR Mülheim a.d.R.: Heike Westzonen, Technical Management: Dirk Lohmann, Production Assistance: Isabel Roempke, PR: neurohr & andrä (Cologne), Layout Design: molter & sartor (Düsseldorf)

A production by VolXbühne - Ensemble der Generationen at Theater an der Ruhr and A.TONAL.THEATER (Cologne) in cooperation with Theater an der Ruhr, Freihandelszone - Ensemblenetzwerk Köln and Alte Feuerwache Köln. Supported by: KUBIA and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, MEG - Mülheimer Entsorgungsgesellschaft, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, FONDS SOZIOKULTUR.




In the Volxbühne
Adolfstr. 89A
45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr


  • Jörg Fürst