Who the f*** is Alboury!

Based on the play Battle of Black and Dogs by Bernard-Marie Koltès. It is not only a story about postcolonialism and racism in Africa, but first and foremost a dense and clear narrative about a fundamental misunderstanding, about language, logic and awkwardness in dealing with the foreign, which is no longer the"foreign", but rather the "other", which has been recognized and explored, but never understood. It is a project about miscommunication and the people who perish from it. This story could take place anywhere in the world, but in this case is located on this one construction site, with three protagonists. The focus is on Horn, Cal and Léone, who in different ways seek to deal with Alboury, the "Other", but each one fails and perishes in their attempts. The audience is exposed to these same circumstances and cannot escape them, since they share Alboury's position in bearing his same concern and being caught in it until its redemption.

Direction: Tom Kramer

Text version: Tom Kramer

Premiere: Studiobühne, Hochschule der Künste Bern

Actors: Gina Haller, Marcel Hohmann, Tom Kramer

Artistic cooperation: Jakob Engel

Brothers Lionheart

»Après nous, le déluge«, a quote by Madame de Pompadour, the lover of king Louis XV of France, illustrating humans' fatal attitude towards our environment, can be very well applied to Modern times. It is commonly known that human’s actions have its negative effects on the earth’s ecosystem and if further proceeded alike, next generations will have to face difficult consequences. In this context, the meaning of transience becomes relevant in becoming aware of one’s own responsibility and in gaining the morale for change. Because we thought this to be more relevant than ever, we created a theatre evening, which raises questions about transience and its meaning for the cosmos, inspired by Astrid Lindgren's novel »Brothers Lionheart«. In Lindgren’s novel two brothers die, but receive a second chance for life in another world. There they invest everything possible in bettering their newly found home. In the end they die a second time, but promise each other to never lose hope for another try in a better tomorrow even in face of dawning death. We formed the band "Brothers Lionheart" to perform our new concept album framed by a theatrical show. In combination of punk rock with interludes of Butoh dance, it was all about embracing the inevitable death and still daring to improve for a next world. Butoh was developed in Japan as a reaction to the horrors of the Second World War. It enables a creation of transcendent pain and suffering under the circumstances of highest pysical tension.

Songs by Vincent Heppner, Till Alexander Lang, Maximilian Reichert, Tom Kramer

Texts inspired by Astrid Lindgren

Premiere: Studiobühne, Hochschule der Künste Bern

Performers: Vincent Heppner, Till Alexander Lang, Maximilian Reichert, Tom Kramer

Choreography: Cynthia Gonzalez

I love Papaya

»The fishermen told it by the fire; there's a country where love rules. Come with me to Papaya, where the stars shine on the horizon, I want to be alone with you forever. Follow me to Papaya.« In the struggle for love, power and money, the Australian Tim "Sharky" Ward has stranded in the red light district of Pattaya, Thailand, and thinks himself having found his righteous place on earth as a local pimp in the streets. However, the setting reveals that he is anything but free. Metaphorically, he is another Frankenstein’s monster, an allegory for the immoral excesses of the ideal of "survival of the fittest" in times of a capitalistically pre-distributed, globalized world.

Direction, Text, Video & Performance: Tom Kramer

Premiere: P9 Studio, Hochschule der Künste Bern

Artistic cooperation: Ting-Jung Chen

Inside Out – Where are we now?

Four performers are set out in search for their emotions in a digitalized environment. We created images to differentiate how we share the feelings of joy, anger, sorrow, fear and disgust digitally in comparison to the same performative processes in the analogue world. Are we all trapped in our own virtual bubble that prevents us from actually meeting in reality? Is it the Tragedy of our own time to constantly share happiness virtually only in order to forget the upside-down chaos of our existence? What emotion are we in at this moment? How do our feelings change when our social life transfers more and more to virtual interactions? Five emotions and four performers try to match 

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Direction: Tom Kramer

Premiere: Hauptbühne, Hochschule der Künste Bern

Guest performance: Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin

Performers: Fabian Eyer, Vincent Heppner, Christina Berger, Tom Kramer

Artistic cooperation: Tine Milz, Alexander Giesche

Oxygen

Two actors perform the love story of Alex (male) from the Russian province and Alex (female) from Moscow. They tell stories about their homeland, about their remembrance of the day that 9/11 happened, about Israel and America, pork and vodka and a trip to Arabia. Street slang mixes with biblical language. Two worlds collide, that of a country bumpkin and that of a city girl. But then one actor stops the performance and starts to question the partner and their relation to the text they have to perform. In that manner the actors let the audience experience a spirit that goes beyond its own microcosm and in its urge for freedom questions itself, its surroundings, environmental conditioning and finally its questioning itself.

Direction: Tom Kramer

Text by Iwan Wyrypajew

Text version: Tom Kramer

Premiere: Studiobühne, Hochschule der Künste Bern

Actors: Christina Berger, Tom Kramer

Artistic cooperation: Felix Maue

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