Niels Voges

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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)

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
Sat 18 Mar

«Once the social order has been consolidated, anyone who is not alarmed by reality is as free as they wish,» Jean Jourdheuil wrote about Labiche’s work. But in this play, that alarm is felt: Lenglumé begins to realise what he might be capable of and as a result – at least for a day – his self-assurance and satisfaction crumble.

Die Affäre Rue de Lourcine (THE AFFAIR IN THE RUE DE LOURCINE)
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Mon 13 Feb
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Tue 21 Feb
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Sat 04 Mar
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Fri 17 Mar
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Sat 25 Mar
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Tue 28 Mar

In her new work, the director Claudia Bauer, who has been invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen four times and is renowned for her work with fast and furious acting ensembles, now tackles someone who typifies Munich, the brilliant comedian Karl Valentin. In her usual, opulent stage language she will devise a homage to the Bavarian whose anarchic approach to language led the critic Alfred Kerr to invent the term «Wortzerklauberer», someone who steals words and tears them to pieces.

Valentiniade. Sportliches Singspiel mit allen Mitteln (VALENTINIADE. SPORTING SINGSPIEL WITH NO HOLDS BARRED)
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Fri 17 Feb
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Sat 18 Feb
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Thu 09 Mar
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Fri 10 Mar
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Tue 14 Mar