In December 2007, the front page of Germany’s most important tabloid and Europe’s bestselling newspaper Bild Zeitung, proclaimed with big letters: “Tonight, lights out from 20:00 to 20:05!”. Participating in the symbolic act of switching off the lights, people felt part of a large community that cares for climate change and that is determined to solve this problem together.
For the time of five minutes…
Tonight, lights out! transposes this action from the level of an entire country to the closed space of a theatre.
The piece starts departs from the story of Ismaël, a small Coptic boy in Egypt, who sees himself and his family forced to migrate from the country side to the polluted North of Cairo. One day – thanks to a force of inner confusion and collective handling – he manages to expel the ‘Black Cloud’ from the town.
Inspired by this miraculous story, the public is invited to take faith in its own hands.
Tonight, lights out! is shown without subtitles, in one of its three different language versions: French, Dutch or English.
- concept, text, performance
- david weber-krebs
- coordt linke
- installation concept
- hans westendorp
- research & artistic assistance
- marie urban
- martin kaffarnik
- production & management
- simone basani
- infinite endings
- frascati, kaaitheater, NFPK, AFK, FAR/festival des arts vivants
- thanks to
- maarten westra hoekzema, mathias domahidy
- september 2011, wunder der prärie, zeitraumexit, mannheim