Director: Katie Mitchell
Video director: Leo Warner
Designer: Alexander Eales
Composer: Paul Clark
Sound designer: Gareth Fry
Lighting designer: Magnus Kjellberg
Koln, November 2008 onwards
Following previous collaborations with director Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre (London) creating hybrid film/theatre adaptations including Waves (2006), Attempts on Her Life (2007) and ...Some Trace of Her (2008), DoP and video designer Leo Warner (59 Productions) will visit Cologne in November 2008 to create a new production of this iconic play by German writer Franz Xaver Kroetz.
The evening unfolds like a ballet, like a meditation on filmmaking. It is unlikely, however, that anyone in the audience will perceive it in this manner. What you feel much more fully, is the seriousness and the dedication with which the last testament of a life of ennui is represented visually. Mitchell stresses that the imagery on screen and its interaction with the stage creates a psychological undertow; the many closeups give even the small and silent things a threatening dimension. As agents of everyday life they tax the lonely Miss Rasch. Even a knife, a phone or a cup can become too heavy to lift....
This new production of Kroetz' social indictment received thunderous applause from the audience in Cologne's Schaulspielhaus on Friday...
At the center stands a spectacularly unspectacular suicide: A middle-aed woman living alone comes back from work into her modest but cozy little apartment. She eats dinner, washes dishes, hears on the radio the "Request Programm", prepares for and puts herself to bed. Some time later, she goes to the medicine cabinet and takes an overdose of sleeping pills.
Photographs by Steve Cummiskey