Ingo Schulze: Die Abflussrohre spuckten ihre Eisblöcke wie abgelutschte Bonbons auf den Gehsteig
People in moments of happiness or of fatefully unhappy misunderstandings, people at the crossroads of coincidence or embedded in traditions and memories – these people, whether in St. Petersburg, Russia, in Altenburg, Thuringia, in Berlin or Rome, seek orientation in the confrontation with those elements of life that are as simple as they are momentous: love and friendship. People bear the experience of Germany’s reunification; the action takes place from the 1990s to our present time.
The writer Ingo Schulze, who has won numerous awards since his novel ›Simple Stories‹ appeared in 1998, is a kind of time compactor. The audio play with music ›Die Abflussrohre spuckten ihre Eisblöcke wie abgelutschte Bonbons auf den Gehsteig‹ (›The drainpipes spat their ice blocks onto the sidewalk like eaten candy‹) – a co-production of Ensemble Modern and Südwestrundfunk – unites excerpts from Ingo Schulze’s prose works ›33 Augenblicke des Glücks‹, ›Adam und Evelyn‹, ›Handy‹, ›Neue Leben‹ and ›Orangen und Engel‹. The texts are read by high-carat actors such as Judith Engel, Sylvester Groth and Thomas Thieme. The selected musical works, ranging from Anton Webern, Hans Werner Henze, Erwin Schulhoff to John Cage, Tom Johnson and Howard Skempton, are complemented by modules composed by Ensemble Modern member Hermann Kretzschmar, offering a connecting link of dramaturgical meaning, resulting in an interplay of music and text.
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