Docufiction by Jürgen Berger
The queer Australian singer-songwriter said in an interview: «I really fall in love with the person. I don't care whether someone’s got a ding or a dong» and immediately provided the title for this Thai-German theatre project. On the basis of interviews that the journalist and writer Jürgen Berger conducted with trans* people in Thailand and Germany between 2017 and 2022, the production explores the gap in society which these people inhabit in both countries. How do they deal with the fact that how they perceive themselves often conflicts with the way in which they are read by others? What alternative views of identity do they present to contrast with the binary norm of the majority society? And how can one define something at all that ought instead to be viewed as fundamentally fluid?
«I Don't Care ไม่ว่าอย่างไร» tells of trans* ways of life which take convoluted and yet direct paths to approach their felt gender and which struggle with prejudice and hostility in both countries. For this production by the choreographer, director and Co-Director of B-Floor Theatre in Bangkok Jarunun Phantachat and the German director Anna-Elisabeth Frick, the video artist Nontawat Numbenchapol has evolved an entirely individual visual language. The Thai performers Pathavee Thepkraiwan and Sarut Komalittipong will appear on stage together with Mareike Beykirch from the Residenztheater ensemble.
The world premiere will take place in two cities that, for all their cultural differences, share one thing in common: both Bangkok and Munich are home to an unusually large number of specialists in sex reassignment surgery.
«I Don't Care ไม่ว่าอย่างไร» is a co-operation between B-Floor Theatre and the Residenztheater. The project is funded by the Goethe Institut Thailand.