The Engagement (2011)
At dusk, an audience rides a bus from the centre of Berlin, Germany to a dark forest on the edge of the city, where 19th century author Heinrich von Kleist shot himself and Henrietta Vogel in a manic suicide pact that bore resemblance to his own final short fiction: "Der Verlobung in Santo Domingo". In this forest, the audience is led to a weapons testing range, where they encounter a bizarre troupe of performers who seem to be using live ammunition to tell, or perhaps re-enact both Kleist's final story and his own final hours.
DIRECTION Tommy Noonan
WITH Murielle Elizéon, Bettina Grahs, Georg Hobmeier, Thomas Jeker, Anja Müller, Tommy Noonan
DRAMATURGY Carolin Hochleichter
DRAMATURGY INTERN Luisa Wirth
PERFORMANCE DRAMATURGY Georg Hobmeier
MUSIC Thomas Jeker
VISUAL DESIGN Moritz Müller
COSTUMES Violaine Thel
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT& PR Doreen Markert
ASSISTANCE Sarah Marguier
Produced by Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin within the Kleist Festival 2011, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation within the Kleist Year 2011. In cooperation with gold extra, Studio Blixa 6, DEVA Berlin, Waldrestaurant DEVA Treff, Kunsthaus Tacheles and enthusiastic encounters.
6, 11, 12, 13, 18 & 20, November, 2011: Berlin, Germany