MAGICAL. ACTS. MATTER.
Berlin, Sophiensæle, 27th – 30th Oktober 2016
Düsseldorf, FFT, 12th – 13th May 2017
Hamburg, Kampnagel, 20th – 21st Oktober 2017
At Sophiensæle, apparatus assembles a temporary collective and claims theatre as a place of 'theoria', the contemplative show that does not simply affirmatively depict reality, but enables better representations of reality. Theatre as a place of experience and the moment when the impossible can become possible, a cabinet of curiosities in which actions and matter resist representation, is the starting point of this apparatus. Theatre as a space of possibility is its engine. He drives the mutual reference of Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Thorsten Eibeler, Florian Feigl, Colin Hacklander, Farahnaz Hatam, Ligia Lewis, Kareth Schaffer, Stefanie Wenner and Melanie Jame Wolf in "Magical. Acts. Matter."
Against the terror of immanence, they set the theatre as a setting where even what is not man-made can appear, referring to what is little noticed by theatre historiography: theatre as ritual, as a cultic place of community, as a description of another reality. To do this, they gather in the room: ink from urine, spit and a gram of excrement, a four-meter-long roll of paper, brushes, a rolling suitcase filled with meat and bones for dogs, a red cape in the style of the Ku Klux Klan, pictures of father and mother in a tin can, ten kilos of earth, mud, banknotes and coins, a glass of honey, fingernails, a phallus made of rose petals, fire and mirrors. These are all things that Alejandro Jodorowsky uses in his psychomagical practice. United in their belief in the magic of distance and matter as great teachers, they celebrate the black box as a container without measure, in which things and the psyche earn an evening. "Magical. Acts. Matter." leaves the realpolitik of theatre and celebrates the presence of the actors and agents who make theatre a reality.