SCKRIPT & DIRECTING: Jens Vilela Neumann ACTING: Marcy Francisco, Javad Hatami Esfahani, Emilia Kandeler, Florian Ritter, Houssam Safari, Maike Sietas, Christine Wünsch LIVEPAINTING & STAGE & COSTUME: Tom Mairs MUSIC: Biko de Sousa, Christine Wünsch PHOTOGRAPHY / BRANDING: Florian Ritter 

Currently there are still tickets for the premiere on 3. & 4.03.2023 at the Theater Ost in Berlin. Ticket phone: 030 - 23 93 45 79 or by e-mail: KARTENVERKAUF@THEATER-OST.DE

The Hamlet Syndrome | Our Struggle for Attitude 
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?


to our friend and actor Landry Nguetsa, who won the award for best Central African actor this year.
For PG he performed as Jesko von Puttkammer in the play >>Past / Present / Future Cameroon<< as well as in the RESTITUTION ART LAB at the Volksbühne Berlin.


Research in Tanzania

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.

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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.

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Ten days after our intensive week at the Volksbühne and our public events on 17 and 18 June in the Red Salon of the Berlin Volksbühne, we received the great news par excellence: The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation announced that the figure of "Ngonnso" will be returned to Cameroon. What a success! After 30 years of effort, it is now done. We are all very happy, especially Sylvie Njobati and the NSO community. For Sylvie, the journey to Berlin was especially worthwhile. But despite all the joy, this can only be a first step on what is still a very long road. The current discussion about the restitution of cultural assets must be accelerated by further challenging artistic contributions.