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LEBENSRAUM

The inventive Jakop AHLBOM brings silent movies magic to a theater set, with ALAMO RACE TRACK musicians’ participation.

LEBENSRAUM takes inspiration from the actor and movie director Buster KEATON, pioneer in the world of slapstick and physical theater. Back then films were accompanied by live piano music. LEBENSRAUM gets Ralph MULDER and Leonard LUCIEER, from ALAMO RACE TRACK band, live accompaniment.

Rock sound, chic touch, folk and pop music with a superb setup give depth to the show; the musicians are part of the core of the show.

Two men are living in a small, single-room apartment. Their space-saving solutions are ingenious. Everything is multifunctional: the bed is a piano, and the bookcase also serves as a fridge. But they long for a woman in the house. To compensate for the lack of the feminine touch, they create a mechanical maid. One of the men makes romantic advances; the other sees her in a more practical role. But the doll soon shows there’s more to her than polishing her day away. She has a will of her own and refuses to be bossed around. Things start getting more agitated in the one-room apartment.

PRESS

« LEBENSRAUM is a physical surrealistic theatre, with a hint of magic. »
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« Something wholly unique, utterly surprising and organically human. »
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« A Bombshell in Perigueux Mime Festival. »
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« Rigorously directed chaos accompanied with music. »
Print★★★★

 

CRÉDITS

Director:  Jakop AHLBOM
Cast : Annick GREWELDINGER, Reinier SCHIMMEL, Silke HUNDERTMARK, Leonard LUCIEER, Ralph MULDER
Dramaturge : Judith WENDEL
Music : ALAMO RACE TRACK
Design : Douwe HIBMA and Jakop AHLBOM
Lighting design : Yuri SCHREUDERS
Doll creator : Robs PROPSHOP
Technicians : Yuri SCHREUDERS, Allard VONK, Michel VAN DER WEIJDEN et Remco GIANOTTEN

With the support of the City of Amsterdam and the Performing Art Fund NL.