© Jonas Fischer
SUN 05/23 6:30 P.M. VIDEO STREAM
ON DEMAND til THU 05/27
THEATER FOR AN AUDIENCE AGED 10 AND OLDER
Duration: 60 minutes
How far back in history can one retroactively excuse oneself? Starting at which point in time could history have come to pass differently? In collaboration with children and youngsters aged 9 to 14, &sistig developed a play on absolutely imperative, fabulous, caustic, and utopian excuses. In their excuse training based on requests to the federal government, interviews with affected persons, perpetrators, relatives, activists, and scientists, the young performers demonstrate how to excuse oneself—for minor and major crimes, personal mishaps and global tragedies. They do what is necessary and make that which must be done necessary. ›How to Excuse‹ ventures a documentary-fantastical ride through history and the representations of excusing oneself. A study on the (im)possibility of a gesture and the attempt to leave nothing untried.
&sistig are Josephine Hans, Marie Gimpel, Amelie Neumann, Hanna Steinmair, and Bastian Sistig. They develop research-based plays and performances together with other accomplices. &sistig conduct speculative research and adventurously obscure the formation of histories. Whether the political qualities of remembrance, the theatricality of possible ruins, the emotional potential of disappearing, or the subversion of excusing oneself—&sistig are fascinated by the sensual power of what is unspectacular, by speculative interventions and transient aesthetics. They combine strategies of the documentation and soft fiction with their own aesthetic. www.bastiansistig.com www.bastiansistig.com
BY AND WITH Melina Anastasopoulou, Ainoa Badji, Olivia Braun, Manuel Garelli, Yuuki Gürtler und Liou Kleemann
CONCEPT, TEXT AND DIRECTION Bastian Sistig
TEXT & DRAMATURGY Hanna Steinmair
STAGE DESIGN Marie Gimpel
COSTUMES Josephine Hans
SOUND burgund t brandt
LIGHT Florian Fink
PRODUCTION MANAGER Julia Klinkert
CAMERA/EDITING Brian Karp
OUTSIDE-EYE Max Brands
Coproduction: &sistig GbR, TD Berlin and studioNAXOS Frankfurt am Main.
Made possible by the Berlin Senate Administration for Science, Research and Culture, the Culture Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art, and the NASPA Stiftung.