Andreas Liebmann


The unfounded joy of being alive.

Andreas Liebmann recalls his grandfather Franz Escher and the brain researcher Benedict Volk-Orlowski, with whom he celebrated his birthday shortly before his death. Both persons were accompanied by people who not only knew a lot, but also had a very special way of thinking and telling their knowledge together. Brain research, the experience of illness, circumnavigating the earth, observations of nature and greedily devoured world literature formed a unique system of thought and were equal sources of knowledge and imagination. Today, fragments of thoughts, ambivalences, echoes buzz. What remains of a human being when he is imported into the theatre? What happens when one’s own life will be extinguished anyway? Ana Berkenhoff and Andreas Liebmann combine biographical and fictional moments into a speculation about the process of knowledge production, memory, and exchange. Happy Birthday!

The play is an echo of the production “My Prehistoric Brain” at Theater Freiburg, which was realised by Andreas Liebmann in 2010.

Concept/direction Andreas Liebmann Performance/text Andreas Liebmann, Ana Berkenhoff Music: Hannes Strobl Décor: Mai Gogishvili Dramaturgy: Carolin HochleichterTechnical direction: Tobias Klette Artistic accompaniment Beatrice Fleischlin Assistance Viktoria Popova, Neville Pfenninger, Eduard Schreiber Produktion & ÖA ehrliche arbeit - freelance cultural office Support Produktion Schweiz: MAS, ARTS MANAGEMENT Photo Florian Krauss With the kind support of Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Presidential Department of the City of Zurich, Ernst Göhner Foundation, Georges and Jenny Bloch Foundation, Migros Kulturprozent. A production by Andreas Liebmann in collaboration with Rote Fabrik Zurich, Hebbel-am-Ufer Berlin, AUAWIRLEBEN Bern Further guest performances Südpol Lucerne, Theater Rampe Stuttgart