5th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
10 to 17 November 2006 Kiel GERMANY

Friday, November 17 | 20:00 | Pumpe

written and performed by Yvette Coetzee (South Africa/Germany)

Directed by Hendrik Mannes, music by Niklas Zimmer & Adam Lieber, videoanimation by Tyson Cross, stage technics by Oliver Szewc

There is a man who wants to know everything, and a woman who secretly strews flowerseeds. Another woman has a snowman in her freezer, and yet another one stumbles all the time. There is a man who is looking for the woman with the gap between her front teeth, who he fell in love with on the U9. That was years ago. There is a man who loves his goldfish, a man who is afraid of little birds, and there is a stony faced man. There are over 3.4 million people in Berlin.

”Far-Off Sightings of Fascinating People in the Big City” explores the degree to which one's private life becomes public in the city, and inverted, how one becomes a witness to hundreds of other people's lives without wanting to. It examines the consequences of this clash between personal and private spaces on human relationships: the flickers of interest on the one hand, and the empty stare that looks straight through people, on the other. It dwells on the pregnancy of the chance encounter. It questions how we can be surrounded by so many people and yet manage not to get to know them. It asks why so many people living in the city are so terribly alone.

This one-woman show with elements of acting, puppeteering and video, was written and is performed by Yvette Coetzee, a young South African actress/theatremaker. After her collaboration with the internationally acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company, she moved to Berlin in 2001. “Far-Off Sightings of Fascinating People in the Big City” shows her reaction to this ‘new' urban landscape and the people/characters inhabiting it.

Language: German
Length: 60 minutes

Following | at approx. 22:00 |

hosted by Thomas Borowski