Reference Productions 2016

Lights Out

In the air there is still a hint of tension, a shadow dance between the rows of seats, a last flicker and then: the lights go out. A theatre moves and leaves a building full of history and stories. Young people of tjg. theater academy sneak onto the main stage for the very last time, listen to the whisper of the planks, the creaking of cables, pack boxes and dance tracks in the dust of the past.

Tjg is facing a major challenge in 2016 / 2017, when the theatre will move from its current dilapidated and remote site to the city centre to the so-called “Kraftwerk Mitte”, a former historic power plant.

While the process of connecting the past, the future and the present always seems to be a natural part of ambitious contemporary theatre work, the children and youth theatre of Dresden carries the word “generation“ in its name and is now facing the challenge to keep all the networks and connections with its audience that have been shaped and tightened through the decades.

So the staging of “Lights out“ is trying to establish a virtual and temporary theatrical connection lasting for the duration of the performance between the decades and between different generations taking part as an audience, that will be directed and connected by messages and sounds via headphones, starting outside the theatre and slowly moving inside towards the main stage, where finally the lights will be turned off once and for all.

Director Karen Becker
Stage / Costumes Ulrike Kunze Music Katharina Lattke

Performers Jannes Donner, Ada Greifenhahn, Amelie Großer, Katharina Felde, Lydia Henkel, Lisa Naumann, Julia Metzner, Michael Pflaum, Paula Preuß, Christin Schanz, Melissa Stock, Carolin Ufer

Contemplating the Moon

“Close your bodily eye so that you see your image with the mind’s eye first. Then urge to light what you see in the dark, that it may react upon others from the outside inwards.” Caspar David Friedrich

The Atelier. The view from the window.
The picture is created: fog, trees, rocks. Characters turn their backs on us and look to the nocturnal distance. The painter Caspar David Friedrich, who lived in Dresden from 1798 to 1840, constructed his image landscapes from individual elements of nature.

Director Jo Fabian disassembled and newly composed Friedrich’s painting in his new staging. With his team of eight artists he examined the romantic worldview and invites the spectator via an individual approach and perception of a theatrical image to explore the own inner landscape.

Director, Set, Video, Choreography, Music and Sounds: Jo Fabian

Costumes: Pascale Arndtz

Cast: Nadine Boske, Erik Brünner, Nahuel Häfliger, Sara Klapp, Iris Pickhard, Ulrike Sperberg, Susan Weilandt, Gregor Wolf

First Contact

The first time meeting the most important person in your life, without knowing it. The first time coming into a new class and not knowing anyone. The first time meeting your own mother and asking yourself “Who is this woman?” The first time looking into a pair of eyes and knowing that you are in love.

Initial contacts can be properly understood only in retrospect, when we know the lived stories that have emerged from them. Were we really in love or was it just a brief infatuation? But first encounters throw us back on ourselves, let us understand ourselves better and get to know ourselves in a new way.
This biographical production with young people from tjg. theatre academy, accompanied by two professional actors, gathers stories about first encounters and first contact, in real or in the digital world. It also deals with the failure of such moments, with misunderstandings and unforeseen consequences of digital communication. Finally, it seeks contact with the audience, because also in the theatre space players and audience meet each other for the first time in this constellation.

Directed by Tabea Hörnlein Sets/Costumes Ulrike Kunze Music Matthias Pick Dramaturgy Ulrike Carl

Cast: Iris Pickhard, Hanif Idris (actors), Nico Dietrich, Marie Göhler, Lena Höhlich, Theresa König, Jacky-Mathilda Madlung, Julia Metzner, Kristin Richter, Vincent Schober (students)