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JOSEFINE

2012
stage design and video
Theater Krefeld and Mönchengladbach
Debut performance 13.10.2012

The scenography of JOSEFINE perceives the interior architecture of the theatres in Krefeld and in Mönchengladbach itself as a stage. JOSEFINE is a contemporary music theatre performance with 60 performers (local laypersons) and 16 professional orchestral players.

In JOSEFINE, the institution "municipal theatre" is transformed into a space in which the citizens (who are also the performers of the piece) articulate themselves: They enter the doors and spread across the space. At some places, microphones are installed which are inviting everybody to speak.

The scenography relates to existing elements of the theatre's architecture and makes them functional: When the orchestra pit goes up, the performers are able to go over the elevation that is built in the orchestra pit and cross the forth wall of the stage. They enter a system of catwalks and walk over the chairs of the audience. The catwalk melts into the seats of the auditorium and potentially, every member of the audience is able to enter the catwalk himself.

The scenography reduces the representative function of the traditional picture-frame stage to absurdity: Like huge minimalist cubes, the podiums of the stage machinery are covered with pure white tarpaulin. During orchestral sessions, these cubes go up and down and generate different constellations. These cubes are also used as projection screens.

Sagardia (Composition)
Björn SC Deigner (Text)
Lennart Dohms (Musical Direction)
Christian Grammel (Staging)
Charlotte Pistorius (Costumes)
Fanti Baum (Dramaturge)
Liz Waterhouse (Choreographic advisor)
Oliver Spatz (Production Manager)