Land aller Kinder
As part of the EXIL TODAY program, the Berlin theater group andcompany&Co. is staging an "adult play for children" from the age of ten that also speaks to adults - inspired by the novel KIND ALLER LÄNDER (1938) by the German author Irmgard Keun, who herself had to flee from the Nazis in her time. The story of the eleven-year-old novel character Kully is blended with the personal narratives of fellow actors such as the author and performer Luna Ali, who fled Syria with her family as a child, or the German-Iranian Damon Taleghani, whose parents came to Germany from Iran.
"Please explain border!" demands eleven-year-old performer Zümra, for example - and gives herself the answer with the help of Kully: "Borders are invisible. They are something which happens between officers who are on the train." "But how are you going to prove that you crossed the border when it is invisible?" asks Rokia (11) - exposing the absurdity of trying to describe something that can hardly be explained.
The intersection of narratives, personal and temporal perspectives creates an immediate, humorous and, above all, timeless description of German exile, in which pressing questions about flight, emigration and the problem of human rights are dealt with in a child-friendly way: Who is vouching for those for whom no one can vouch? What does it mean to be a child of all countries and thus of no country?
Be present when more and more of these words are questioned, turned upside down and renegotiated by the children until the adults on stage run out of breath, er, words - while the visa that is supposed to bring everyone to a new country continues to expire until it is finally no longer valid.
Is this already the "land of all children" or just a stopover? And who actually ordered this dentist?