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About the play

Available 20.01.2021 (livestream), 19.00–24.00 CET

A high speed train races through Europe at a relentless pace. Images whizz past the window: exploitation and self-exploitation in an era of capitalism. Thomas Köck collects and collages scenes of crises, misjudgements, experiences of failure and paranoia, which define everyday life. The way in which a virus can corrode everything and make us question it all: two children wearing face masks and protective clothing stand outside the door of their father’s hospital room. He set himself on fire in the basement. They don't dare go in. In China, a man and a woman are on their way to the border to enter Italy as illegal immigrants, where they find the same working conditions they had at home: ‘Made in Italy’. A war reporter is stuck in a luxury hotel in the desert. The Amazon rubber boom of the 19th century impacts the fate of a dancer today. She practices the capitalist logic of self-optimisation in a crazy way. A war reporter is stranded in a luxury hotel in the desert. A man leaves his flat and travels out of the city to the margins of society, where he was brought up. A conductor says: "We took a wrong turn, decades or centuries ago, I don't know how long we've been driving around in circles here."

With "Paradise", Christopher Rüping stages a condensed version of Thomas Köck's complete "Klimatrilogie": "The text is pervaded by images, by historical and contemporary realities, by real people and places."

Credits

Maike Knirsch, Björn Meyer, Abdoul Kader Traoré, Lia Sahin, Matze Pröllochs, Julia Förster, Christoph Hart, Günter Schaupp

Direction: Christopher Rüping
Staging: Peter Baur
Costume: Lene Schwind
Dramaturgy: Matthias Günther
Music: Christoph Hart, Matze Pröllochs, Julia Förster, Lia Şahin
Light: Paulus Vogt

Bonus material

Trailer

Making of