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Das Weinen (Das Wähnen) - Nanterre-Amandiers
Das Weinen (Das Wähnen) - Nanterre-Amandiers
Das Weinen (Das Wähnen) - Nanterre-Amandiers
Das Weinen (Das Wähnen) - Nanterre-Amandiers
Das Weinen (Das Wähnen) - Nanterre-Amandiers
Das Weinen (Das Wähnen) - Nanterre-Amandiers

Photo : Gina Folly

Photo : Gina Folly

Photo : Gina Folly

Photo : Gina Folly

Photo : Gina Folly

Photo : Gina Folly

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Das Weinen (Das Wähnen)

Staging

Christoph Marthaler

From

Dieter Roth

21 — 28 November 2020
Création 2020
Estimated duration
2h
Location
Grande salle
With the Festival d'Automne à Paris

Performed in German with French supertitles

Show created on Spetember 20th, 2020 at the Schauspielhaus, Zürich

On Christoph Marthaler’s list of major influences, artist Dieter Roth (1930-1998) holds a prominent place. In 1980, the famous visual artist/performance artist gave the young Marthaler – already a musician but yet to become a stage director – a copy of his book Das Weinen. Das Wähnen (Tränenmeer 4). This object has stayed with Marthaler, who has dipped into its content to nourish his works, particularly one poem in which a “fat calf” is one of the lead characters.

As any formal endeavor was in his view doomed to destruction, Dieter Roth became particularly known for his sculptures made of perishable materials such as cheese, chocolate or sugar. This profound concern for anything that relates to the slow erosion of passing time – chocolate but the body and the mind as well – unquestionably echoes Christoph Marthaler’s theater.

It’s no wonder then that the director, forty years after their one and unforgettable encounter, chose to transpose Das Weinen (Das Wähnen) to the stage, paying tribute to Dieter Roth’s contention that his writings were the cornerstone of his oeuvre. “Nothing matters more than writing, or rather ruminating. Making up sentences”, the artist said. Marthaler sees those sentences as a response to the current political tendency for individualism and insularity: “Welcome, tears of all kinds, welcome, world of contradictions”!

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