Man, alone, late at night, faced with his own identity and his frantic deliberations; this has been a motif in literature even since before Goethe’s «Faust». Viewed from a distance, the
Corona crisis can be interpreted as a gigantic experiment observing a living modern subject. Man is suddenly taken from his fast-paced life and thrown into the eventless idling lockdown
loop, forced to find his bearings. The diary has been cleared. The hamster wheel has come to a standstill. Stress has given way to emptiness and suddenly the big questions arise.
How do I want to live my life? In isolation, man finds himself exposed to his own vulnerability, confronted by his own mortality. How has my life been up to this point, and how shall it be in future? These questions also give rise to existential feelings, loneliness, love, fear and anger. The experiment is unique. It’s happening to each person individually and at the same time jointly to everyone. It makes us confront the truth about ourselves
and the society we'll return to once this night is over.
Following last year’s guest performance of his sweeping scenic essay «I Am Europe» at KUNSTFEST WEIMAR, originally produced at the NATIONAL THEATRE OF STRASBOURG, Berlin author and director Falk Richter («Director of the Year 2018») is currently developing a performance entitled «Five Deleted Messages». This show is conceived together with Dimitrij Schaad, a protagonist from Berlin’s MAXIM GORKI THEATRE, last seen on cinema screens in the hugely successful «Kangaroo Chronicles».