Theaterlabor, Bielefeld, Germany

Performers: Thomas Behrend, Michael Grunert, Indira Heidemann, Karin Wedeking
Direction: Siegmar Schröder
Technical director: Tom Dombrowski

The show lasts 60 minutes.

Four rather haggard actors have been playing Ionesco's “The Bald Soprano” for 25 years. They are no longer able to escape from this absurd play, which is not really a play at all, but an anti-play. Caught up in this non-theatre, they have missed their careers as actors and have never begun lives as normal people. They survive in the phrases of the protagonists. Not being authentic in any way, they seem very familiar to us.
It is a cacophonous symphony of plots, texts and music, without coherence, without the least meaning.
In fact, there are too many meanings for our liking.
We are overwhelmed by every deed that the actor-creatures administer on stage – every word hits the mark - a pantomimic massacre of words.
Four actors, a mysterious sound machine and a well hidden video camera are the ingredients of this critical mix composed by Theaterlabor in this, its 25th year.


Theaterlabor im Tor 6
Since 1983 Theaterlabor exists in its current form. The founder, artistic leader and director of all performances is Siegmar Schröder. In these 25 years the good cooperation of artistic direction and the strong ensemble have created a powerful and artistic community which keeps experimental theatre alive and which has developed a unique theatre-language. The main inspiration of the ensemble is a set of methods of well known theatrical teachers, such as Jerzy Grotowski and Eugenio Barba, but also commedia dell'arte tradition as well as Asian forms of theatre and dance.
The theatrical language of the ensemble covers not only aesthetics, but in the first place touches the process of creation and it is present in methods of work. The group presents performances based on own texts, and adaptations of literary works, as well as outdoor events and projects focused on work with space and architecture - and very often co-operates with other theatres and artists of various fields. The ensemble tries to find a new form to each performance and event - and their work is based on constant intensive artistic exchange between all people involved in a project.
Beside performance “Absurdesque”, recent Theaterlabor's performances are “Double” (2006), cooperation with Ismael Ivo and “Winterreise” (2007), a musical performance realised in cooperation with Yoshi Oida. Theaterlabor is also well known for its impressive out door spectacles and big historical performances, organisation of international theatre festival 360° in its own space and pedagogy work.