Das Pulverfass (The Powder Keg)
by Dejan Dukovski
German translation from the Macedonian by Samuel Finzi and Dimiter Gotscheff
Premiere: Thursday 23 October 2008, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin
Directed by Dimiter Gotscheff
Stage and costume design Anri Kulev
Music Sandy Lopicic & Orkestar: Sandy Lopicic (piano, accordion, conductor), Jörg Mikula (drums), Mathias Loibner (hurdy-gurdy), Alexey Wagner (bass, guitar), Alexander “Xell” Dafov (gajda, hautboy, vocals, electric guitar), Dimitris Christides (percussion, drums), Simon Jakob Drees (violin), Lutz Wolf (trumpet, flugelhorn)
with Margit Bendokat, Sebastian Blomberg, Magne Håvard Brekke, Samuel Finzi, Alexander Khuon, Wolfram Koch, Birgit Minichmayr and Valery Tscheplanowa
A production of Deutsches Theater Berlin and spielzeit’europa | Berliner Festspiele
Supported by ENPARTS – European Network of Performing Arts
Length app. 2 hours, without intermission
“The Balkans are a barrel of gunpowder” – the Macedonian playwright Dejan Dukovski’s collection of scenes The Powder Keg, first performed in Skopje in 1996, provide a truthful description of a state of omnipresent violence and the apparently impossible desire for reconciliation, happiness or a new life. An explosive Balkan blues, a self-portrait in eleven stories of meetings between people which have no alternative to a fatal ending in a Europe unable to stop the war in former Yugoslavia.
Dimiter Gotscheff, the great master director with a Bulgarian soul will create this new production with a dream cast from his acting “family” and the Balkan Orkestar conducted by Sandy Lopicic.
The Balkans, today’s New Europe as it lives and breathes, become the setting in The Powder Keg for a revue in the form of a detective story telling of the explosive ridiculousness of violent people and life-threatening masculinity. The Powder Keg, a European co-production will have its premiere in Berlin at spielzeit’europa, tour to several cities including Venice and Belgrade and then from 2009 will take its place in the repertoire of the Deutsches Theater.