Evening. A young woman alone in her apartment. Friends Skype her and send chats, text messages arrive, her mother calls. A few floors below, in the basement: a man is tied and gagged. But he follows everything happening above in real time.
Choreographer Tabea Martin, director Sebastian Nübling and four actresses of the Maxim Gorki ensemble bring acclaimed author Sibylle Berg’s text to life. Young women’s fears, desires and obsessions with success are expressed in their media-saturated lives – fitness crazes, the cult of the body, shopping sprees between business school lectures, terrorizing the city by night, and dealing in homemade drugs over the Internet. But questions still remain: where does this disorientation come from and how do they actually want to live their lives? An abrasive account of women’s responses to their world emerges in this world premiere production of The So-Called Outside Means Nothing to Me.
The play was awarded Best Play of the Year 2014 by the cultural magazine Theater Heute.
In Cooperation with the junges theater basel.
Premiere: 23th November 2013
Photo: Esra Rotthoff
A woman in her mid-thirties preparing to move: as she packs she dismantles conventional ideas of motherhood, as well as her own ageing process and the vague desire for a new beginning. And all of this in the company of her daughter Mirna.
After Es sagt mir nichts, das sogenannte Draußen (The So-Called Outside Means Nothing to Me), which was chosen as Play of the Year in 2014 by the magazine Theater heute, Sibylle Berg has written another text for resident director Sebastian Nübling and Tabea Martin. A caustic commentary emerges, addressing women's social roles and 21st century relationship concepts, as well as the failure to live up to their own expectations. But, buried deep in their chatter, remains the hazy yearning for a new beginning that will never be realised. And her daughter Mirna, who, to her mother's dismay, inherited her sharp tongue but otherwise seems to have turned out completely different, assists her mother as a voice that is just as brooding. The previous piece’s rebellious young women have grown older, had children and divorces. Now they must contend with their daughters, who will criticise their mothers just like they criticised the previous generation—and with the knowledge that they will have »just a little mediocre life«.
Winner Friedrich-Luft-Preis 2015
Winner of the Publikumspreis (Audience Award) of the Mülheimer Theatertage 2016
Premiere: 24th September 2015
Europe, at some point in the not too distant future: Nationalism and fascism have permanently established themselves on a continent marked by political tensions and warlike unrest. A woman in her thirties is preparing to leave by applying for a reality show whose participants are flying to Mars to build a new society on the red planet. However, this seemingly last resort in face of the increasing threat, is only available under certain conditions: to ensure propagation on the alien planet, the rocket can only be entered together with a partner... After Es sagt mir nichts, das sogenannte Draußen (The So- Called Outside Means Nothing to Me) and Und dann kam Mirna (And then came Mirna) (invited to the Mülheimer Theatertage festival in 2015) director Sebastian Nübling and choreographer Tabea Martin are producing a third instalment in the story of Sibylle Berg’s 21st century anti-heroine. In part three, she’s preoccupied with preparing for her intergalactic exit and more or less enthusiastically takes up the search for a partner.
Premiere: September 24th, 2017
Photo: Esra Rotthoff