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A search for common utopias

Based on Plato's writing, BANQUET attempts a reinterpretation of ancient Greek social practice and the issues negotiated in it. In a feminist ritual, we want to create communal utopias and proclaim a new age of love by singing, dancing, drinking and discussing together.


BANQUET is an invitation to collective intoxication and a musical journey from baroque arias to Wagner and today's club sound.

Banquets were an integral part of social and political practice in ancient Greece. In a strictly defined ritualised sequence that included ritual acts, music, dance and speeches, the participants - exclusively men - indulged in intoxication over the course of the evening. Plato's "Symposion" reports on the course of a banquet held in honour of the god Eros, in which various concepts and views of love were presented and discussed by the participants.

Based on Plato's writing, BANQUET attempts a reinterpretation of this social practice and the issues discussed in it. In a feminist ritual, we want to create communal utopias through singing, dancing, drinking and discussing together and proclaim a new age of love.

"I love you to bits" is just one of many proverbs that equates love with the act of taking possession of the other. A glance at the opera repertoire also reveals that this unconditional notion of love can often only be redeemed through the complete appropriation of the other or one's own annihilation. We want to approach these notions of love with a musical foray through opera and pop and, starting from there, look for new kinds of kinship that transcend anthropocentric ways of thinking.

BANQUET is an invitation to collective intoxication and a musical journey from baroque arias to Wagner and today's club sound.

  • From 16 years

(Program in German)

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Participating artists
Elli Neubert (Regie)
Ralph Heidel (Musik)
Jakob Boeckh (Bühne)
Johanna Winkler (Kostüme)
Carolin Müller-Dohle (Dramaturgie)
Sua Jo (Mit)
Chance Jonas-O'Toole (Mit)
Marco Merenda (Mit)
Julieta Figueroa (Mit)