Play in Essen: What does resistance really mean?
Peter Weiss' masterpiece “The Aesthetics of Resistance“ as political play as reflected by worldwide protest movements.
When the motto for the 2012/2013 season was determined in Theatre Essen, the theatre makers in director Christian Tombeil's Team couldn't possibly know that a revolutionary wave would take place in almost all North African states. The demand for protest and being “against” will be the topic of the brandnew production of “The Aesthetics of Resistance”.
Berlin-based director Thomas Krupa was the first to dramatise the German Ulysses to do some research on these questions. Peter Weiss convolut is perfectly suitable for this matter. The premiere took place at the Grillo theatre in Essen on 24th May. It seems to cater to a transatlantic and European need of our time. OCCUPY, the Pirate Party, Anonymous, digital sharing and eGovernment could be the keys to something new that has to be fought through beyond the angry bourgeoisie.
Text: Boris Alexander Knop