About gardening and killing

Gardening workshop, performance, radio play

UA: Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature, 26.8. – 29.8.2020
Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster, 13.-15.11.2020 (abgesagt)

The novel “One Hundred Days” by Lukas Bärfuss tells the story of a moral error that made one of the greatest crimes of the century possible in Rwanda.
The music theatre director Till Wyler von Ballmoos stages parts of it in a gardening workshop in which the visitors actively garden and intervene in a structure. The garden becomes part of the performance both as a space for action and as a system of growing, withering and hiding things under the ground. The story of the protagonist David Hohl is translated into a staged garden seminar in the idyllic gardens of Hülshoff Castle. Ingredients for the performance are knowledge about the extraction and care of cultivated land, text fragments of the novel and a live radio. The result is a place between absolute happiness – the locus amoenus and a horror scenario – the locus terribilis.
The garden as a place where people cultivate and nurture is always an expression of a cultural system. The question remains, who cultivates what? Who determines the system? Who may stay, how must something be removed? And what remains when the “gardener” leaves?

The performance deals with questions about the right to exist, on a small and large scale. How do we act when we know about existential consequences for others?

Artistic direction und performance Till Wyler von Ballmoos | performance Stella Maria Adorf, Isabel Lehnen | texts Lukas Bärfuss | dramaturgy Jörg Albrecht | radio play Jan Sneijder | technical management Brigitte Hamar | park and garden maintenance / scenography Harald Humberg | production management Sophia Kisfeld, Laura Herder

Vom Gärtnern und Töten was created as part of Keine Sorge/Don’t Care, which is a project of Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature, supported by Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of NRW in the program Regionale Kulturpolitik

 

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