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NOT EVEN DOG SHIT

(Nicht einmal Hundescheiße)

 


The audience is seated on the second floor of an office building looking down on a small park, topographically more than uninteresting. Between the audience and the site there is a  street with heavy traffic. They listen to the pre-recorded story via speakers in the office while they observe what is going on in the streets. They are offered coffee and cookies. It is late afternoon.


The text for the four actresses is a montage of several interviews that bring together trivial everyday matters with some of the "big" issues of life. This happens in the form of accidental encounters of women in the street.
The protagonist begins to tell a story about a film she made and that ran quite successfully despite a very mini-budget. It's a monologue based on an interview with a director taken from the bonus track on a DVD. A woman talks about that she made a film about a protrait of her generation. Her mother´s remark on the project: "It is a miracle that you even got money for all this." But she thinks the film was quite funny. The actress speaks in the past tense although everything happens in the present.
She addresses a second woman in the street and engages her into a conversation about murder as a determining factor in human evolution. Source: an interview published in DER SPIEGEL (a German weekly) written in a popular-science style. The conversation is interrupted by a song about shampoos and their ingredients, and the question of when and why we shoot at each other.

The third woman speaks enthusiastically about her travel experiences and her collection of handcrafted products from all over the world. This interview was inspired by a weekend supplement of the TAZ: The beauty of the human condition discussed in terms of tourism junk. Her song is from a biblical quotation: "For to everyone who has, will be given; but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him." The song combines these lines with themes of voluntary work and hobbies.
A stewardess chats about her fear of flying, Faraday cages and the irrational behavior of pilots. Her song is about love, Turkish pilots and Boeings that fly far too often.
When all passers-by finally meet again, a conversation develops about the movie they made together and about local politics. Basis for this last talk is an interview with Clint Eastwood. It ends with: "It's all just entertainment. Nevertheless, entertainment has an effect on some people, relieves them of depression."

production: Theater im Bahnhof 
first release: Steirischer Herbst 2005 / Graz - styrian autumn
winner of  bestOFFstyria Theatreprice 2007 
shown in Berlin  (Berliner Sophiensäle Juni 2007) and Vienna (Wiener Tanzquartier 2008 - Factory Season 08)
director: Helmut Köpping
text and dramaturgy: Rupert Lehofer
music and songs: Norbert Wally
mit: Beatrix Brunschko, Pia Hierzegger, Eva Maria Hofer, Martina Zinner
Technische Bertreuung: Gabriela Hiti
Ausstattung: Michael Stegmüller