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Shakespeare's Hamlet is one of the most famous classics of world literature and shows us that ambivalence is almost impossible to escape. We strive to be clear in our thoughts and actions, but given the multiplicity of possibilities, it is difficult to see only one side of the coin. Hamlet embodies this inner conflict that many of us carry within us. Enduring ambivalence is a great human challenge that we face every day.
How do we justify our ambivalent behaviour to others and to ourselves, and what can be the disastrous consequences of procrastinating?
For example, we know about the disastrous consequences of climate change and yet we still get into our cars. We know the images of factory farming and yet eat cheap meat. We are cosmopolitan and tolerant, but still don't talk to our neighbours with a migration background,...
Why is it difficult to remain true to oneself? And is it worthwhile to insist on one's principles? We struggle with decisions, are torn apart inside. We are caught between two stools, whether we like it or not. Can we stand the tension or does it make us sick? And do we really adapt our actions to our thinking or is it rather the other way round?
The Ensemble der Zerstreuten is an intercultural theatre group and deals with precisely this issue in its current production. After topics such as racism, resilience and the many aspects of relationships have been critically, entertainingly, comically and always very personally brought to the stage by us in the past 5 years, we want to venture into a classical drama material for the first time. In view of the everyday inner and outer tensions, Hamlet seemed to us to be our dramatic character of the hour! -...until the first doubts arose and we had to ask the question: What does Hamlet have to do with us again?
A theatre performance with citizens of Freiberg by Jens Vilela Neumann.
There was a time when we knew no money and each of us had almost everything we needed to live. We knew countless occupations, but we did not call them work. We called them life, and we valued life. Today, when our treasures are no longer called gold and silver, but cobalt and lithium, do we still value your occupations? Is it your career goal to reach the executive floor, or does the saying "He who knows the work and does not shirk it - is crazy" make more sense to you? Whether it's the silver fairy, structural change, burn-out or strike, whether it's „Seid bereit“ or the American dream "from rags to riches": this theatre performance deals with the history of the city of Freiberg and incorporates autobiographical aspects of the citizens into a narrative that explores the essential questions about the "meaning and purpose" of our working hours. And so this theatre evening is an ode to "the most beautiful thing in the world" - our work.
Team: text & directing: Jens Vilela Neumann / stage and costumes: Raissa Kankelfitz / composing: Lionel Tomm / production: Frieda Prochaska & Carsten Kohlschmidt / acting: Citizens from Freiberg and surroundings
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About the exhibition: The vernissage and also the finissage were very well filled with interested visitors. The response was overwhelming and very encouraging. There were three interviews, we were on Knut Elstermann's Radio Eins programme and on Deutschlandfunk Kultur's FAZIT.
So far we have been able to welcome the publisher Christoph Links, the journalist and Grimme Award winner Katharina Thoms (Mensch Mutta Podcast), Thomas Oberender and many people with their own biographies of the fall of the wall and folling years. We were very pleased about the interest. More about the exhibition at:
After the great success of the RESTITUTION ART LAB, Paradise Garden will continue to be involved in various areas of the postcolonial debate. Because the restitution of African cultural assets is only one aspect of the necessary reappraisal. Rather, it is about the cancellation of historical debts, the removal of racist statues or also and especially the overcoming of "white privilege". In order to push this debate further and to fill it with life and facts, our team travelled to Tanzania (former German East Africa) for extensive research. Here are a few brief impressions: Explorers, traders and missionaries paved the way for colonialism. The church in Moshi was the first German church on site.
Moshi on Kilimanjaro - Manga Meli was hanged and his skull brought to Germany. He was the leader of the resistance against the German colonial rulers there. To this day, it is unclear where his skull is.
Im Interview mit dem Enkel Manga Melis: Inhalambi Amumba und Ichikael Malisa.
Bagamojo was the first administrative centre for German East Africa. Near the beach there is a cemetery for the German soldiers and administrations. A few metres away is the place where local insurgents were hanged; their names remain unnamed.