dokumentarische Inszenierung/ Langzeitrecherche

Im Dorf

There used to be a restaurant in every village, but today these are empty or are only used for funerals. The new production by werkgruppe2 IM DORF will be shown in restaurants along the former inner-German border in Lower Saxony and Thuringia. In it we tell the story of Beate and Asan – a young couple who we accompanied and interviewed for two years. The young woman is the daughter of the owner of a village restaurant and has fallen in love with Asan, an underage Syrian refugee. Now the two have their first child and move back to the woman’s home village together – the young man is ‘the first foreigner’ there. The topics discussed in the story, which is documented through long-term research, are the integration experiences of young refugees in (East) Germany, political positioning of the ‘New Right’ in public discourses, the encounter between Christian and Islamic religious practices within a family, the lasting Difference between East-West regions as an identity factor. What happens when a young refugee comes across such a family and village community that has come to terms with its differences and contradictions? What memories of your own non-escape stories does the new family member trigger? Which questions of identity, hospitality and belief in the future are suddenly being asked anew?
Mit: Elisabeth-Marie Leistikow, Ahmad Kiki, Esra Dalfidan (Gesang), Uli Genenger (Schlagzeug)
Regie: Julia Roesler Recherche: Silke Merzhäuser/ Julia Roesler Ausstattung: Lea Dietrich Dramaturgie: Silke Merzhäuser Regieassistenz: Swantje Möller Moderation/ wissenschaftl. Begleitung: Stefanie Hauser Licht: Ewa Górecki Technik: Anton Säckl Video/ Fotos: Lea Dietrich Premiere: 27.09.2018, Obernfeld Museumskrug 28.09. Obernfeld 29.09. Gelliehausen 18.10. Wehnde 19./20.10. Lenglern 25.10. Gladebeck 26.10. Siemerode 27./28.10. Rüdershausen 04.11. Ferna 15.11. Friedland 16./17.11. Nesselröden 24.11. Ecklingerode 29./30.10.2019, schauspielhannover 5./6.6.2019, 6. Norddeutschen Festival für Junges Publikum, Kiel
“With their believable interplay between euphoria, lightness, sorrow and perseverance, Leistikow and Kiki create an intense atmosphere. It’s also nice when they slip into other roles with the masks. Leistikow, for example, as a satisfied, jovial mayor: “Our place can’t be better.” Integrate refugee families? Yes, sure, but what are they supposed to do in rural areas? They have it better in the city. (…) The group of works shows a piece of difficult reality with their production, which is worth seeing.” Göttinger Tageblatt September 28, 2018 “Out of Göttingen, into the gently rising and falling Eichsfeld, to where dead-end villages on the western side of the GDR border and their eastern counterparts once languished in the 5-kilometer exclusion zone. Today the former death street winds its way as a pretty strip of green through the rural area. It is precisely there that the independent theater Werkgruppe2 tries to document the emotional state of the nation in a prototypical way – including mental movements and refusals. (…) This is how the integration documentary becomes the drama of a drama that trumps everyday reality, but then its laws but succumbs to love. The private fails as a political issue, in this artistically convincing detour into the provinces.” taz, October 5, 2018 “The terrible thing about reality, as reflected in “In the Village”, does not just mean prejudices, racist outbursts, different worlds of experience or the question of how a common understanding can be achieved. This evening tells so much more about a couple, that with all the obstacles that it wants and has to overcome, it is simply left alone. There is no encouragement in sight and no encouragement either. Maybe this is also a topic that comes up in the audience discussions that the work group 2 is attending would like to lead their tour through the region’s villages according to their ideas.” Göttingen Cultural Office, Tina Fibiger, September 30, 2018
produced werkgruppe2 funded in Programm Landeskultur durch das Bundesministerium für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, die Stiftung Niedersachsen und das Land Niedersachsen