Combina, Ruhrtriennale, Mülheim, 2015schließen
A grandiose, open text that brings the audience back to the center of theater work and turns them into emancipated spectators.
The starting point for the German-Israeli performance Combina is Bertolt Brecht’s Messingkauf fragment, in which theatre people discuss the conditions for making theatre with a philosopher with the help of a parable that uses the material value of a brass trumpet to ask about the benefit and possibilities of art. This guiding question about the conditions of theatre work is extended and applied to the premises of German-Israeli relations. German-Israeli policy aims for a stable consensus and thereby allows only few possibilities to question this inscrutable doctrine. But how can we create a space that allows for mistakes and disagreement? A space of friendship that is shaped by actual debate, far from official declarations of intent and anniversary speeches? The performance Combina enquires into a potential space for mistakes, for other histories, for failure. Combina opens itself up to internal dissent within the group and puts itself at stake, testing a form of friendship where failure is possible without the friendship itself failing.
Premieres on 15. and 16.9.15 at the Ruhrtriennale in the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, further performances on 16. and 17.10.15 at studioNaxos, 2017 invited to the OutNow! festival in the Schwankhalle Bremen and to the Made-Festival in Marburg, where it recieved the audience award.
By Nir Shauloff und Jan Philipp Stange, dramaturg: Adi Chawin, philosopher: Heiko Stubenrauch, stage: Sagie Azoulay | photos by Christoph Sebastian With generous support from Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, the Ruhrtriennale, the HTA, studioNAXOS and the City of Frankfurt Department for Culture.