Nature Theater of Oklahoma (New York)
entrance € 18,00 | reduced € 9,00
Artist talk after the performance on Oct 25th, moderated by Sarah Bergh | The performance and the following talk will be translated into German Sign Language | Cool-Down with Clara Holzheimer after the performance on Oct 26th
English with Englisch and German supertitles
Mikey, a failed actor, works for a small but successful security firm. He has one task, and he is convinced of its importance: he has to guard a theatre curtain and, along with that, everything that might be concealed behind it. At first, the job seems to be simple and fulfilling, but soon Mikey and the whole situation spin further and further out of control. Nature Theater of Oklahoma appeared at SPIELART back in 2013 with LIFE AND TIMES EPISODE 1-4. Now they are back with a rousing evening of theatre which avails itself of the ballet form – a dance genre which was declared an art form by, of all people, Louis XIV, the Sun King, and is therefore closely connected with belief in power. At the same time, the performance unreservedly borrows from silent film, slapstick and modern dance, accompanied – true to its style – by the music of the NUTCRACKER. NO PRESIDENT is an interminable, venomous and simultaneously hilarious farewell to so-called Western values and to a society that shamelessly celebrates its assumed superiority.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma were already shown at SPIELART in 2007 with NO DICE and in 2013 with LIFE AND TIMES EPISODE 1-4.
With Ilan Bachrach, Tale Dolven, Gabel Eiben, Laron Janus, Robert M. Johanson, Joana Kern, Hannah Krebs, Raymond Liew Jin Pin, Marlena Meier, Bence Mezei, Kadence Neill, Gustavo de Oliveira Leite, Anna Schneider, Philip Wiehagen Choreography Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška Stage Ansgar Prüwer Costumes Jenny Theisen Lighting Maarten Warmerdam Light Engineering Luka Curk Sound Torsten Schwarzbach Props | Assistance Costume Gabi Bartles Dramaturgy Florian Malzacher Translation Ulrich Blumenbach Supertitles Jakob Gerber (Panthea) Tourmanagement Elisabeth Knauf
Nature Theater of Oklahoma is an award-winning New York art and performance enterprise under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. With each new project, they attempt to set an impossible challenge for themselves and the audience - working from inside the codes and confines of established genres and exploding them. No two projects are formally the same, but the work is always full of humor, earnestness, rigor, and the audience plays an essential role -- whether as spectators or as participants in the work. Using readymade material, found space, gifted properties, cosmic accident, extreme formal manipulation and plain hard work -- Nature Theater of Oklahoma makes art to affect a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live.
Production and realization
NO PRESIDENT. EIN AUFKLÄRERISCHES HANDLUNGSBALLETT IN ZWEI UNMORALISCHEN AKTEN is a production of Ruhrtriennale & Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. Premiere at the Ruhrtriennale on September 14th, 2018. Production (resumption and touring) HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin). Premiere in Berlin on October 16th, 2019 HAU2. Funded by the City of Munich Department Arts and Culture.