Conzept/Artistic director: Andreas Liebmann.
Performance/Text: Andreas Liebmann, Ana Berkenhoff Music: Hannes Strobl Ausstattung: Mai Gogishvili Dramaturgy: Carolin HochleichterTechnische Leitung: Tobias Klette
Artistic Collaboration: Beatrice Fleischlin
Assistance: Viktoria Popova, Neville Pfenninger, Eduard Schreiber
Production & ÖA: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro Support Produktion Schweiz: MAS, ARTS MANAGEMENT
Photo: Florian Krauss
With the kind support of: Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Präsidialabteilung der Stadt Zürich, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Georges und Jenny Bloch Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent.
A Produktion of Andreas Liebmann in Collaboration with Rote Fabrik Zürich, Hebbel-am-Ufer Berlin, AUAWIRLEBEN Bern
Further guest performances: Südpol Luzern, Theater Rampe Stuttgart
Andreas Liebmann commemorates his grandfather Franz Escher and the brain researcher Benedict Volk-Orlowski, whose birthday he was fortunate enough to celebrate shortly before his death. With both of these persons, people have gone who not only knew a lot, but also had a very special manner of bringing their knowledge together and conveying it to others. Brain research, the experience of illness, sailing around the world, nature observations and an avid consumption of world literature formed a unique system of thought, and were equal sources of knowledge and imagination. Today, we are left with a buzz of fragmented thoughts, ambivalences, echoes. What is left of a person if you import him into theater? How to continue, when our own lives will be extinguished anyway? Ana Berkenhoff and Andreas Liebmann combine biographical and fictional moments in a speculation on the process of the production of knowledge, memory, and exchange. Birthday!
The piece is an echo of "My prehistoric brain", a production Andreas Liebmann realized in 2010 at the Theater Freiburg. In January 2014 BIRTHDAY! will be shown together with Mein prähistorisches Hirn (performance: Astrid Meyerfeldt) at the Theater Rampe in Stuttgart.
We used to have the Grim Reaper.
You could fight him.
You could outwit him.
Now there is only dying.
What happens inside the brain when a person jumps around in the garden.
Text example 2
The baseless joy of being alive