What an experience! Imagine! I’ll tell you what, IMAGINE!
A medieval castle. In front of it, there is a 15-meter WALL! And that’s on a stage of VIDMAR 1! Is that possible? YES! Imagine! A poor citizen of the beautiful lands of this country approaches, she is alone, she looks up at the wall. PUAA! She is shaking, her clothes are dirty, ripped! She is angry, but BRAVE! She is true Hamlet – I ADORE her! She loves BEING, but she CAN’T! She is ready to die, she holds a SPEECH on humanity. Imagine! She adresses injustice and inequality – facing the wall! What an opening of the play!
Daaaa! Boom! Tsh! Ffffhhaaa!* We hear wind, it’s a hurricane, some weather phenomenon! We hear steps, thousands of them! They are coming from inside of the castle, it’s an army approaching – they HATE TRUTH. They eliminate the civilian!
Boom! KA-dam! Khschiiii, khstchhhh!
It’s a new day, it’s dawn, children in a playground. A big one, it’s all over the stage! Each child in his own little castle, built of plastic toys, boxes and chairs. How CREATIVE! They play, they fight, and yet they don’t know they are doing politics! HA. I laugh – excellent representation.
As time flows and scenes keep progressing, children become adults. The youthfulness in these characters stays, they are still playful. The little castles in the playground have grown – they are entire countries now! HA! Unfortunately, the game of politics have STAYED, now, as adults, they fight over entire colonies, they play with big responsibilities creating structural violence! And that would upset my Royalty if not this IRONIC scenic design (Phew!) that indicates – it’s a JOKE, it isn’t real! Ha, Phew, I laugh, and think to myself: it’s ALMOST the same like in reality! Ha. But it’s… not?
Some clownish machine appears on stage! The machine speaks, it gives orders – it is the ULTIMATE POWER! It dictates rules for adults of the game, it creates culture of monologue rather dialogue. This power SHOULD be invisible, but I can see it, it is an ironic represenation of it, so that’s a JOKE and I LAUGH! Ha.
Watching this spectacle with eyes covered allows me to really SEE. Hm. And what I SEE, I do NOT like – we need a revolution to overcome this power that I see, that controls! Hm. But maybe… if I OPENED my eyes at this point… maybe I would SEE differently… that maybe… hm. maybe… that this same revolution to overcome this power machine IS… FINITO IMPERIUM, TOO! Hm? Ergh.
I don’t know! Because well AND after all, it’s all just a play! Phew!
Das meint der Kritische Darius zu „Finito Imperium“ von Junges Haus Theater Basel.
Er hat nichts und doch alles gesehen.