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Was zündet, was brennt / What ignites, what burns
by Magdalena Schrefel
"What ignites, what burns": Long standing on the line
The stuff of nightmares sets the world on fire. "What ignites, what burns" brings the climate crisis to the stage of the Grazer Schauspielhaus.
Science fiction atmosphere in the Grazer Schauspielhaus: a grandstand stage wrapped in aluminum foil with nine monitors, lots of white wig hair, pitch-black days in artificial light, as if the sun had been switched off. In digital interplay with Grigory Shklyar's videos (e.g. of oil refineries), Pia Maria Mackert's equipment signals an apocalyptic mood and focuses on the focal point of the theater evening, the "stuff from which everything can be made" and which has become the nightmare of an inflamed world...
A play about the climate crisis with wit and moral club
The climate is the burning issue of our days. In the Schauspielhaus, Magdalena Schrefel has now presented a play that has its finger on the pulse with “was brennt, was brennt”. Director Marie Bues and the ensemble have conjured up a dynamic evening of theater from the text, which is almost overflowing with information.
Magdalena Schrefel's piece is made up of found objects, such as those that Google spits out, but also of those that you find in a toy store somewhere at the top left (such as a weird dinosaur costume). We are all aware that we are already halfway down the abyss when it comes to climate change that we have caused ourselves, and that we are still not doing anything about it is something the protagonists throw at us in the head...