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Wilde oder der Mann mit den traurigen Augen (i.e. "Savage or the Man with Sad Eyes")en

" 'The train has left - for both the man with sad eyes and for the town he is visiting whether he wants to or not. Günter has a troubled journey behind him: a period in Moldavia with Medicins sans Frontières, which he brought to a premature end - as was also the case with the journey home to his parents in Bleibach. To escape the heat in a train where windows couldn't be opened, he got out too early and fell into the clutches of the Flick family which took over its guest, literally absorbing him, rib after rib, in their incessant talking'.
That is how Austrian dramatist Klaus Händl describes the starting-off point for his story of a traumatised doctor who experiences a final love and the story of his vanishing. There remain just traces of a language, which is also the medium of an author who knows how to use words so as to draw his listeners and viewers into the slipstream of a change in perception that is both disturbing and miraculous".
(Thalia Theater Hamburg)

Responses to the Play:

"When reality slips fears begin. Little anxieties like shyness and confusion, medium apprehensions like hypochondria and expectancy of violence, or large-scale fear of life. As faithful clients of such states, we human beings only come to life in trying to keep things under control, to hold a disintegrating facade of calm together with spit while not looking too stupid. We are in fact all like Wilde, the man with the sad eyes. Lost, lonely, helpless, weak, and only then capable of doing things that are convincing and courageous. With its main character this piece (...) plays through all those cases where remarkable perceptions compel a desperate soul to take action".
(Till Briegleb in the programme for the 2004 Berlin Theatre Encounter)

"For his second play Klaus Händl was inspired by the 'Haus ur' with which Gregor Schneider won the Grand Prix at the Venice Art Biennale three years ago. Ever since he was 16 Schneider has set about a house on a factory site belonging to his parents, systematically deconstructing and rebuilding it while developing a labyrinthine interior of dead-ends. This has become a nightmarish environment within a familiar place: externally an everyday terrace house and inside a place of terrible secrets full of revelatory traces of decay, violence, depression, and solitude. Händl wanted to produce something similar in language, in a 'language of the abyss', a play about vanishing. (...) The abyss threatens right next to the idyllic. Händl semantically undermined his rhythmic use of language in such a way that, as in the 'Haus ur', one never knows when one will stumble into the next hole. (...) Händl's play shimmers amid this uncertainty".
(Barbara Burckhardt in the programme for the 2004 Mülheim Theatre Days)

"'Savage or the Man with Sad Eyes' (...): a rhythmically accentuated verbal melody for five voices, charged with philosophical references. This presents everyday rituals which allow fissures to shine through so that constructed identities and perceptions of reality begin to crumble".
(Katrin Jäger in: taz online, 16.10.2003).

Technical Data

Premiere Styrian Autumn Festival, 20.9.2003 as a co-production with the Hanover Schauspiel (premiered at the ballhofeins, 10.10.2003)
Director Sebastian Nübling
Number of Performers 1 female, 4 male
Rights Rowohlt Theater Verlag
Hamburger Str. 17
21465 Reinbek
Tel. +49 40 7272270
Fax +49 40 7272276
theater@rowohlt.de
Translations Theatre Library for Translations

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