Richard Gonlag – Titelbild

Enthymesis

Design: Natasa Theodosakou

 

Theatre play based on a short story by Arno Schmidt

In celebration of Arno Schmidt's 100th birthday we made a theatrical adaptation of his first short story into a monologue for the stage. 

A geographic expedition in 230 BC travels from the Mediterranean Sea towards the South, straight into the desert. They carry out measurements and try to find proof that the world is round. Philostratos, their leader, wrangles with his role. He feels misunderstood by a world, ruled by greed and envy. Books are his only solace. In an chance encounter with a mysterious Bedouin he hears about the existence of an uninhabited Silver City. From that moment on he only has one goal – finding that place. His cohorts become mutinous. Relieved from his command he walks off into the desert, alone ...

This 80-minutes long monologue was a big challenge after being away from theatre for eight years, but it was great fun.

Director: Ivar van Urk

Production, Dramaturgy: Olaf Jelinski

Premiere: January 2014, BrotfabrikBühne Berlin

Performances in Bargfeld, Biberach, Friedrichshafen, Frankfurt, Neubrandenburg, Rostock, Saarbrücken, Salzburg and others.
The text was so rich and full of images that we staged it completely without light or décor. That way we could perform in all kinds of spaces, even in libraries, open air or houses of literature. But of course in theatres as well.

 

Elaborate information in this projekt description (PDF document - German only).

 

With the kind support of the Arno-Schmidt-Foundation.

 

 

Press: only in German, but believe me: it's all –

»Ooh, yeah, you're amazing!
 We think you're incredible – 
You say we're fantastic. 
But still we don't head the bill. Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Unbelievable!« (Kate Bush)

Richard Gonlag ist mit diesem Monolog gegenwärtig im gesamten deutschsprachigem Raum unterwegs: ein riskantes, aber wie die Aufführung zeigte, sehr geglücktes Wagnis.

Dietrich Pätzold, OstseeZeitung vom 16.01.2014 (online nicht mehr verfügbar)

 

In einer konzentrierten Darbietung mit perfekter Bühnensprache und in sparsamer und dennoch leidenschaftlicher szenischer Umsetzung gelang es Richard Gonlag, das Biberacher Publikum bis zum tragischen Ende der geografischen Expedition zu fesseln.

Helmut Schönecker, Schwäbische Zeitung vom 20.01.2014 (die ganze Rezension online)

 

Allein schon Richard Gonlags Gedächtnisleistung ist phänomenal. Einzelne Passagen lässt er zwar gezielt aus, aber in der oft zungenbrecherischen und lyrisch dichten Prosa leistet er sich keinen einzigen Versprecher: ›Mond floss mir durchs nickende Gegitter des duftenden Salbeibuschs ins Schlafgesicht: stürzte ich nicht in gebauschten Seidengewändern durch wimmelndes Traumvolk?‹ Wortgenau hält Gonlag sich an den Text, als ob die Worte seinen eigenen Impulsen entstammten. Und vielleicht ist es ja eben so – Arno Schmidt schildert den Philostratos so, als habe er Richard Gonlag vor Augen gehabt: ›Er war ein langer kräftiger Mann von mittlerem Alter, mit blauen Augen und welligem blonden Haar.‹

Harald Ruppert, Südkurier vom 12.02.2014 (die ganze Rezension online)

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Enthymesis

Theatre Monologue in celebration of Arno Schmidt's 100th birthday