The theme for this production was a celebratory commemoration of the 300th birthday of Baadisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. The main conceptual line follows the historiography of destruction and rebirth of the theatre with structures and installations on and off stage in a continuous process of forming, deforming and transforming. The idea is to see every step as transitory, built of transient, non-fixed materials (ropes, membranes, air, foil, haze), to use decomposition as a seed of new beauty and new form and to show each fragment in both its imposing prime and organic decline. The Hegelian notion of Aufhebung/Sublation is an interesting German term with seemingly contradictory implications of both preservation and change - and finally advancement (’to abolish’, ’to lift up’, ’to preserve’, ’to transcend’). The whole history of Badisches Staatstheater seems to be caught up in such a spiral, rather than circle, of simultaneous abolishment, preservation and progress towards the higher level. With each set we tried to suggest both its magnificence and its fragility, as well as the magic hidden in either aspect.
Choreographer: Thiago Bordin
Scenography: Numen + Ivana Jonke
Costumes: Bregje van Balen