Chinchilla Spin-off, eyey

By Helgard Haug

“No intention - just Tourette’s,” Christian Hempel hastily sends ahead when he is around people. His rants and motor outbursts are not controllable. They are reactions to the world in which he moves and challenge it.

For the Monologfestival, a solo about the fear of losing control, verbal attacks, parliamentary Tourette’s and the question of what is actually normality is created from the material of the award-winning work “Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas”. Because Tourette’s syndrome wants confrontation and sensation. This leads to conflicts: A neighbor has even tried to obtain a restraining order against Christian. For many, less noticeable aspects of communication and being-in-the-world suddenly become visible in a different way. The basic conditions of living together and their supposed ordinariness are being re-sorted.

Making theater with Tourette’s seems impossible at first glance: no text is safe, no movement repeatable. The stage equipment has to be moved to a safe place, special hotel rooms have to be booked. What is not Tourette-compatible is being changed. And these changes form a material, eventually shaping a text, a beginning, and a conclusion. How much lack of intention can the theater withstand? How much protection can it offer, given that the stage is made for the opposite: Precision, repeatability, control, world history, spectacle?

With: Christian Hempel
supported by Stefan Schliephake
Director: Helgard Haug
Technical direction, video, lighting: Marc Jungreithmeier
Production management: Renée Merkel

Co-production TD Berlin in the framework of the Monologfestival 2023 Supported by the four-year festival funding of the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt Berlin

Team Production UA "Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas" (11.04.2019)
Concept, text & direction: Helgard Haug
With: Christian Hempel, Benjamin Jürgens, Bijan Kaffenberger, Barbara Morgenstern, Stefan Schliephake and Sven Lüders
Composition & music: Barbara Morgenstern
Stage: Mascha Mazur
Video: Marc Jungreithmeier
Lighting design: Johannes Richter
Dramaturgy: Cornelius Puschke

A production by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Schauspiel Frankfurt and Rimini Apparat. In co-production with Westdeutscher Rundfunk and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.

“Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas” was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2020 and the radio play of the same name was awarded the ARD Radio Play Prize 2019.