November 8, 2019 5:31 PM
Heilbronn Theater an der Parkaue – The Junges Staatstheatre Berlin is a play for science and fear, with "In You Sleeping Animal" in Boxx. About progress – or about the trial and error principle.
Experiment is the heart of research. There is a problem, science is looking for a solution, it can also succeed. If it has found a solution, then the following problem will occur. This is called progress or trial and error. The method by which Emil von Behring and Paul Ehrlich developed a cure for diphtheria, a disease also called angelic infants.
"In You the Animal Sleeps" Oliver Schmaering calls his 2017 premiere for Theater an der Parkaue – Junges Staatstheater Berlin. With a commissioned job for people of nine years old – which is quite demanding – a cheerful troupe of five actresses and actors was to be experienced twice at Festival Science and Theater: in the morning and early Thursday at the Heilbronner Theater Boxx.
The purported chaos of science
The 45 minute talk is about the love of science, its capabilities and limitations, and the supposed chaos, fostering associations and questions remain open. Which is quite deliberate, as the creators do in a later public debate, in which mothers are asked not only questions but also discussers. And the author of the biography is Paul Ehrlich, Axel C. Hntelmann of the Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine at Berlin Charit.
In the afternoon, Hntelmann spoke about the talk circle "Is it possible without a hero?" participated in Experiments, Talk about Mistakes, Heroes, and Instructional Insights. Because this is the Festival Science and Theater Festival as a collaboration between the Heilbronn Theater and the Experiment: discussions with experts about science, the media, the future and our fears.
About the theater on Parkaue
Theater an der Parkaue – The Berlin State Theater in Lichtenberg, one of the largest state theaters for young audiences in Germany, is one of the four subsidized, Berlin stage of Berlin, with the Maxim Gorky, Volksbhne and Deutsches Theater. The theater occupies half of the school building built in 1910/11. It was founded in 1948 by order of the Soviet military administration. The other half was the central house of the Young Pioneers.
A mix of Alice in Wonderland and Labs
Fear, but also the success of science, was now in Boxx – playful and sensual as the stage (Marie Gimpel) turns into a lab. A mixture of Alice in Wonderland and the Dust Work Room: fantastic (happy) wheels made of glowing volumetric flasks, test tubes, circular, millions of times larger bacterial culture, as if the viewer were looking at a microscope.
Along with the wolf wolves, the horse, the queen of Coryne bacteria. And with exploratory married couple Behring and Ehrlich and finally Ultima, the last girlfriend, as his name suggests. She needs help, fever is up and running, real or as a dream, scientists are researching non-stop. You can't beat time, you just lose.
According to the stereotype of mad scientists
With a light hand (director: Hanna Mller), humor and plenty of subtext, which one can understand but need not, to avoid the magic of the belly, the viewer follows Behring (Erik Born) and Ehrlich (Andrej von Sallwitz) through the jungles of science. The two are long-lived stereotypes, mad scientists, who get lost in the debate, whether one has said good morning or not. And who passionately follows the question of why one becomes ill: Maybe the heart beats for dying?
The researcher can dive in the dirt, stay awake until after midnight and eat cold. He ignores any calls "at the table", preferring to peek through old books and correspond with measuring instruments.
There are two pounds of bacteria in each of us
With the mask of wolves, the actors threaten the Greek choir. Laura Lippmann is the Coryne that wins, each and every one of us has two kilograms of bacteria that transcend the brain. Nina Maria Wyss is Ultima, haunted by the Wrong Angel of Diphtheria. In a personal reunion, Sophia Hankings-Evans plays a problem, a solution, and a horse, which is actually related: only experiments on horses can develop a vaccine for the disease.
Soon, topics like Sisyphus's research are negotiated, and the wrath of laughter is the sharpest weapon against medicine. It is for this reason that it is understood that "the animal sleeps in you" as a pretext for science and against fear.
Since completing her internship with Heilbronner Stimme in 1991, Claudia Ihlefeld has written mainly on regional culture and cultural politics, but also on national and international cultural events.