A woman and two girls stand in silver-grey dresses in a dark stage space with red objects. The girls cross their arms, the woman props them up in her sides. She is wearing a disco ball helmet. All three look sceptically to the right.
© Alexandra Polina
A woman and two girls stand in silver-grey dresses in a dark stage space with red objects. The girls cross their arms, the woman props them up in her sides. She is wearing a disco ball helmet. All three look sceptically to the right.
© Alexandra Polina

andcompany&Co.

Land aller Kinder

Tickets:

22 Euro (conc. 12 Euro, [k]-Karte 11 Euro, Familyspecial: Child accompanied by a parent 5 Euro)

Info

Recommended for ages 10 and up. Possible triggers: negotiation of escape experiences, rapid light changes, loud noises.

Past dates

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Thursday

10/12/23

7:00 PM

k1

90 Min.

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Friday

10/13/23

7:00 PM

k1

90 Min.

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Saturday

10/14/23

5:00 PM

k1

90 Min.

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?


With Luna Ali, Frédéric Bigot, Rokia Karschnia, Zümra Köseoglu, Nicola Nord, Sascha Sulimma, Damon Taleghani Concept & Direction andcompany&Co. (Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord, Sascha Sulimma) Text & Dramaturgy Alexander Karschnia and Nicola Nord with Luna Ali based on motives by Irmgard Keun Stage & Costume Hila Flashkes Music Sascha Sulimma mit Fréderic Bigot &Co. Assistance Stage Christian Dillner Assistance Costumes Linda Tiebel Assistance Direction Alex Jarewski Choreografie: Elena Hoof Technical Direction Marc Zeuske Administration Johanna Thomas, Katrin Wiesemann (transmissions) Press & PR Alexandra Lauck Company Management Caroline Farke

The production is supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Made possible within the framework of Exil heute - künstlerische Produktionsresidenzen, a joint initiative of Kampnagel and Körber-Stiftung.

LAND ALLER KINDER is a production by andcompany&Co. in co-production with Kampnagel, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, FFT Düsseldorf and NEXT Festival.