By Rudi Kramer
Mulhouse. Whether the school years are long or just a few months, do you want to remember them or would you like to forget your time: Cabaret artist and retired teacher Hans Klaffl has succeeded with his culture in a cabaret solo "community culture" 40 years vacation – Master you it captures its humorous and self-ironic way to make every visitor in a sold-out house smile, sometimes even laugh out loud. At Lukas-Podolski-Gymnasium, the music teacher explores the prejudices of teachers, students and parents.
As "Oberstudienrat K.", he unashamedly reveals what goes on behind the school walls, reflects on the complex psychic life of his former classmates, and presents incredible strategies for adolescents to avoid all educational efforts – always winking.
Yes, Hans Klaffl is a guy who "puts the school culture at stake, which students and teachers understand," as Rolf Schwarz, community culture team leader, emphasized in his welcome. Of course, a cabaret artist knows from personal experience that "Teachers are normal people without mental disabilities." Why he is a supporter of the movement & # 39; 68. Started this way, where did you then "go to the limit?" , His response: "I was young and needed money."
At first, Klaffl blatantly and abruptly shuffled onto the stage. With sighs, a lament, and a bottle of red wine, he sets off to correct a bunch of music. Many mistakes almost make him despair. "With the recorder, the sound always goes to the first hole." Or: "Tenor is the soprano of men." The term "rhythm" spelled one right, exactly one with spelling weakness.
From time to time, Klaffl sits down at the piano or reaches for the strings of his double bass. He then plays familiar tunes with new lyrics. He sings his frustration with bad notes in a music test with Peggy Lee's tune "Fever!" But students are not his main topic and certainly not his main problem. She speaks too understandably and with respect for them and they have a lot left for their worries and difficulties. He is upset by his colleagues and above all the bureaucracy.
She characterizes her classmates perfectly, putting them in four drawers: serene, thought-provoking, crumbly and aesthetic. Different situations do not affect their characters. It is not for all "the student the natural enemy of the teacher."
Then Klaffl comes to his next big topic: the aging quorum. "We used to come together once a year to buy a pair of kids pants for our classmate's kid. Today, we collect € 150 once a quarter for a wreath."
It's a depiction of a real insider when a cabaret artist looks at a "school of life and suffering." Sometimes it's a sharp look that cuts to weaknesses with irony and often sarcasm. But for the most part, the artist and his audience laugh at the guys who split up: almost everyone recognizes the people he is dealing with or himself.
The salmon's greatest salvation is in places that do not open to a non-teacher immediately: For example, in the description of a teacher conference. Because agenda items "conference note" or "moving break" are the highest priority. This is where all the educators "who thought so" meet and discuss and talk to those who have always known.
No eye is left dry when Klaffl gathers schoolchildren, parents and ministers of education and reminds them of their daily school life, such as hated gymnastics ("Everyone crashes"). After a sports lesson, "chemical warfare agents" are released, and uncomfortable sports shoes are stored in a plastic bag for a week. The girls do not shower so that the navel piercing does not rust and wear so much makeup that the cables on the headphones are "under plaster".
Klaffl says especially funny about Parents' Day when the parents of 285 students dance to make it clear that the teacher has unfortunately overlooked the "intellectual capacity" of the offspring. The mother, whose son is so good at home, unfortunately has to learn, "She's only backwards in the classroom. Other parents don't care:" What would it be like to have a parent's day if I already knew all about my child? "
The thoughts in the participants' minds are summed up by the cabaret artist in a wonderful parody in which he constantly changes the piano and double bass. In his poems, Klaffl shows an incredible temperament.
In the end, he wanted to talk about a topic that had nothing to do with school: "Pedagogy." A witty, screaming funny and completely successful cabaret program has rewarded cabaret lovers with a huge round of applause.