REPORT TO AN ACADEMY
Niels Heuser Germany
The show is based on Franz Kafka's evolution-satire.
A former ape presents his report to a meeting of the scientific
Academy. Less than five years ago, he was captured by the Hagenbeck
Zoo Company in the jungles of West Africa. He was wounded in
the cheek and the remaining red scar earned him the name Red
Peter. While on the ship returning to Europe, the ape came to
the realization that there was no way out: "I was pinned down."
Even if he should escape from his cage, he knew there would
be no way to go home. However, the ape developed a profound
inward calm, thanks in part to the kindness of the ship's crew.
His close observation of the crew and other humans allowed him
to imitate them. In general, they were easy to imitate, although
some of the viler human habits like drinking schnapps were more
difficult to get used to. Finally, he realized that the only
way to stay out of the zoo was to become human enough to perform
as an ape-turned-human on the vaudeville stage. That's what
he did. In 1998 Niels Heuser received a national award for young
actors for his stunning presentation of Red Peter.
Duration: 50 minutes (without a break)
Wednesday, 05.03., 17.00, KULTURFORUM, STADTGALERIE