According to documents by Theodor Fontane and eyewitness accounts
Autumn 1870: During the Franco-Prussian War Theodor Fontane travels through France in the rearguard of the German armies. Following his historical interest, the writer makes a detour to Domrémy, the birthplace of Joan of Arc. There, however, he was arrested under suspicion of espionage. What follows is an involuntary journey that uk-text-leads Fontane through several stops to the fortress of Île d'Oléron on the Atlantic coast.
He later described the experiences of these weeks in his reportage »Kriegsgefangen. Erlebtes 1870«.
This text formed the starting material for the new project of Das Letzte Kleinod. But like Fontane, who despite adverse circumstances reports unbiasedly about the country and its people, Das Letzte Kleinod wanted to meet the local people. So rehearsals were held on the Île d'Oléron, interviews were conducted with its inhabitants. They talked about everyday life in salt production and oyster fishing, but also about memories of the time of the occupation in the 2nd World War.
All this found its way into the theatre project. Various objects from the island - from the oyster basket to the ladder wagon - are transformed within the framework of the production, which takes place in front of and on a car transport wagon and tells of war and peace, of yesterday and today.
A project in the context of the 11th Theatertage of the Landesverband Ost of the Deutscher Bühnenverein in co-production with Staatstheater Cottbus, Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam, Theater der Altmark Stendal, Kleist Forum Frankfurt (Oder) und nB Senftenberg.
© Das Letzte Kleinod at the rehearsals on the Île d'Oléron
Company: Robert Eder, Richard Gonlag, Alrun Herbing, Andreas Schulz, Bo-Phyllis Strube, Margarita Wiesner, Michaela Winterstein
Script & Direction: Jens-Erwin Siemssen
Musical direction: Manuel Jadue
Light: Alvine Wiedstruck, Archil Svimonishvili
Costume design: Sophia Lund
Production: Hannah Wörpel
Premiere: Senftenberg • 3rd of August 2019 • 6 pm (as part of the Theatertage)
- further performances:
- Senftenberg • 4th & 7th until 11th of August • 6 pm (as part of the Theatertage)
- Cottbus • 13th/14th of August • 8 pm
- Rheinsberg • 16th/17th of August • 8 pm
- Frankfurt/Oder • 20th until 22nd of August • 8 pm
- Potsdam • 25th/26th of August • 8 pm
- Stendal • 28th/29th of August • 8 pm
- Celle • 31th of August/1st of September • 8 pm
- Worpswede • 3rd until 5th of September • 8 pm
- Geestenseth • 7th/8th of September • 8 pm
the legendary SS United States • Project of »Das Letzte Kleinod« 2023
A Sezen Aksu song recital • Project of »Theater28« 2022/23
Children's health cure on Spiekeroog • Project of »Das Letzte Kleinod« 2022
the Columbusbahnhof Bremerhaven • Project of »Das Letzte Kleinod« 2021
A film by Alex van Warmerdam 2021
Theatre performance by »&sistig« 2021
the poet Hermann Allmers • Project of »Das Letzte Kleinod« 2021
Site-specific theatre by »spreeagenten« 2020
An Audio drama based on Arno Schmidt.
Performance for two actors
with Jaap de Jonge in Wünsdorf near Zossen
Theatre in the train • Project of »Das Letzte Kleinod« in 2018
with Jaap de Jonge in the tank barracks Bernau
Performance for two actors
ProtokollB • Three theatre nights at PAF 2017
Protokoll B • Installation & Performance
Festival 48-h-Neukölln 2016
My collaboration with the Met Film School Berlin
with Jaap de Jonge in the villa Neue Hakeburg
A theatre play based on Maxim Gorki • Graduation at the theatre school Die Etage
Theatre Monologue in celebration of Arno Schmidt's 100th birthday