The days of the free world as we knew it seem numbered. Under the battle cry Family! Our People! Nation! more and more countries in the »free West« are increasingly drifting into a phantasm of the societal restoration of authoritarian strength and father-like power, which punishes those who failed to fulfil the promises of a democratic and just society of the same. A threat is in the air: »Traitors! Your days are numbered, our time has come.« But who exactly is this new »us« and who are »the traitors?« Whom did they betray?
The nationalist revolution is on the march – and the pre-democratic patriarchal family is experiencing an unimagined renaissance as the »nucleus« of a backward-looking ideal of order and security, of culture and civilization. The class struggle that was repressed in the social unconscious seems to be returning as a cultural struggle from the right. As the origin and goal of many human relationships, families and societies are to be kept together through love and trust. But often they are also based on silence and blind spots, speaking of secrets can be a betrayal that shakes and destroys the family. Of what may we speak, what not? Is the silencing of one's societal origin a betrayal of one's family and class? Is the expression and enjoyment of a divergent sexual identity an act of treason? But how do we know what one is allowed to talk about and what not? On the contrary, what must be said?
After Small Town Boy, his previous Gorki production, Falk Richter investigates once again a personal and political family portrait of contemporary society. Together with the Gorki ensemble, he ventures on an artistic journey towards understanding the radical and rapid upheavals of contemporary society. What still holds true? Are we experiencing the last days of democracy and freedom as we know it?
Premiere: 28. April 2017
Photo: Esra Rotthoff
Eine Produktion des Maxim Gorki Theaters. Aufführungsrechte beim S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Theater & Medien