Vanessa Rust


It is centred on Argan, who not only imagines he is ill, he actually is: he is suffering from hypochondria. As a result, he cannot and will not relate to his social surroundings any differently than he does to his misfortune, which he circles in tyrannical self-reflection. With «The Imaginary Invalid», the Cologne-based writer and musician PeterLicht writes his fourth new version of Molière: in his customary playful language he dissects both the individual body and the body of society and breaks the final taboo of neoliberal self-optimisers – that of mortality.

Der eingebildete Kranke oder das Klistier der reinen Vernunft (The imaginary invalid or the enema of pure reason)

In sharp, precise poetic miniatures and snapshots, Roland Schimmelpfennig, one of Germany’s best-known contemporary playwrights, describes casual encounters, incidental gestures and fragments of conversation across a panorama of characters that go together to establish a kaleidoscopic image of a society suddenly brought to a standstill by a pandemic. Through skilful leaps in time, abrupt disjunctions and cleverly constructed transitions we follow the broadest possible range of characters enter a disparate and dissonant period after this shock – of social isolation, helplessness, fear and desperation.

Der Kreis um die Sonne (The circle around the sun)

The author and musician PeterLicht frees this moral portrait that we now find barely legible from the socio-political reality of French absolutism and sets his sights on the present in his new version «Tartuffe or the Philosopher’s Swine». Here he employs the same characters as the original, whose literary descendants are nevertheless given considerable licence: in secular times one abhors a vacuum and so the «socially interconnected sculpture» hopes for and fears the appearance of Tartuffe, who serves to supply their wishes and as a surface onto which they may project themselves.

Tartuffe oder Das Schwein der Weisen (Tartuffe or the philosopher's swine)
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Wed 30 Nov