Concert à la carte

by Franz Xaver Kroetz

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The 2004 archive

Thomas Ostermeier


Concert à la carte, Thomas Ostermeier, 2004 © Bellamy


She goes back to her small apartment as usual. As usual, she pokes her head in the fridge, washes a few clothes in the sink. Like so many women, she tidies her home, gnawed at by solitude and silence. She reads the coloured supermarket flyers, the only mail she receives. She puts on the telly like someone puts out a cigarette. Like so many women orphaned by the economic war and trading of sentiment, nothing upsets her miniscule life. Like so many fans, she loves the songs that nostalgia radio stations play over and over again in made-to-measure concert. But these select pieces, poignant or ridiculous chart-favourites are the only friends that people her orderly world. The violence of calm, ultra-modern solitude. A few fleeting dreams come unbeckoned into her home – a sad music box, opened and shut as quickly, lyrical, brief moments of excitement. This radical offering of bareness and realism, this voyage to end of the night, led by Anne Tismer, who plays Nora in A Doll's House, was seen by Thomas Ostermeier as an epilogue to the famous Ibsen play. The subtle variations in Concert à la Carte can be appreciated without referring back to the radical ending the director gives to A Doll's House. It's a delicate portrait of a homely woman against a background of three little musical notes. It'll soon be over... she's going to sleep.


Direction Thomas Ostermeier
Cast Anne Tismer
Scenography Jan Pappelbaum
Costumes Almut Eppinger
Singing Ulrike Paula Bindert
Music Niclas Ramdohr
Radio show Karsten Adam
Dramaturg Marius von Mayenburg
Lighting Erich Schneider


Production Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Berlin)
Droits de représentation henschel Theaterverlag Berlin
Avec le soutien de la Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, du Sénat de Berlin, de la déléguée à la Culture et au Média du Gouvernement fédéral allemand et du ministère des Affaires étrangères allemand

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