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Nathan the Wise for the Pop Generation

With Lessing's "Nathan the Wise," Bridge Markland adapts one of the most famous plays about being human for her classic in the box series. She thus continues one of her most successful programs. With virtuosity, she juggles classical text lines and pop music quotations and, quite incidentally, undermines fixed role attributions. She switches rapidly between performance, puppetry and playback and dusts off the classic material for a broad audience.

Kunst und Kultur-Zentrum Brotfabrik am Caligariplatz in Berlin-Weißensee
Kunst und Kultur-Zentrum Brotfabrik am Caligariplatz in Berlin-Weißensee © Alamy Stock Photo, Foto: Bildagentur-online/Schoening

Received with "Burning down the House" (Talking Heads), Nathan returns home after a long trip. Fortunately, his daughter Recha was saved in time by the hero who, like an angel, saves her from the fire: "Send me an angel" (Scorpions)!

Lessing's parable focuses on the human being and not on his origin or even religion - and is thus more topical than ever. Humanity and tolerance can overcome divides and make peaceful coexistence possible. This message, carried by a sonic tapestry of well-known pop songs, is superbly presented in Bridge Markland's one-woman puppet transformation playback show.

(Program in German)
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