"A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare, there it is as we know it. Let it stand as it is, we will go somewhere else and in doing so, find that we are in the midst of it. Having looked for Shakespeare's Genius Loci just beyond Athens, we find it instead where strange things don't scare us off.

Not all of Shakespeare's beautiful words are repeated, but we follow his playfulness. True to the original we step in his footprints of erring and confusion. Everyone plays Puck, because it is the best role, and also the lion, because he must roar well. In any case: We must have order, so marriages are celebrated and fearlessly things are joined together that don't belong together.

Two solo puppeteers meet with their strange creations, masks, puppets and mechanical inventions. Different asthetic concepts become translucent and make each other shine, or they stay in contrast making the space between them vibrate. The music reliably creates an unpredictable atmosphere for this play - Puck irritates Mendelssohn with an electric violon.

Our companion is the moon, who shines on the lovers' night and yet it was conquered in such a merciless way and pricked with flags - or weren't we there after all and someone just confused us?




Puppets & Performance: Christoph Bochdansky, Michael Vogel
Music: Charlotte Wilde
Directed by: Astrid Griesbach


Coproduction of Christoph Bochdansky (Wien) and Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel (Stuttgart) with FITZ! Zentrum für Figurentheater Stuttgart and Theater des Lachens Berlin


Premiere: 31. Dezember 2004
dietheater im Künstlerhaus Wien