In HEIMATFRONT – Das Desaster lässt grüßen (domestic front – The disaster says hello) MS Schrittmacher puts the question, how long we can ignore the exploiting and martial consequences of our lifestyle in the comfort zone of Europe
Rare earths in smartphones, the cheap shirt from the sweatshop factory, the unfairly traded cup of coffee – our daily lifestyle is based on exploitation and creates conflicts and wars. A fact that we are so clear about until we suppress it. For our comfortable lifestyle we wage a war of wealth whose frontlines are spread all over the globe. But the migration of refugees driven by desperation, the brutal escalation of conflicts throughout the world and the increasing of terrorism in Europe make it more and more difficult for us to look away. The disaster that our affluent societies carried out to the world is returning home to its origin.
How will our view and our actions change when the front of our war of wealth is coming closer and becomes a domestic front? What to do when you face the consequences of your wealthy lifestyle and when the possibility to suppress is almost gone? Three performers name the martial and inhuman aspects of our prosperity. They confront themselves and the audience, avoid the unavoidable and are forced to take action. A musician and a video artist record directly the abstruse fight of the performers and produce sound and video sequences out of it which create again and again new contexts and ludicrous spaces. With their eye for the grotesque in the real MS Schrittmacher put their finger on the wound in this absurd fight for prosperity and dignity.
The war which seems to be the war of the others is coming home and turns the comfort zone into the domestic front.
world première November 19, 2016 – 8 pm at Theaterdiscounter, Berlin
from May 2018 on guest performances at Lichthof Theater Hamburg, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Kontrapunkt Festival Stettin, LOFFT Leipzig, BRAMAT Festival Goleniow and in Berlin we present the resumption of the piece in May 2018 in DOCK11
- choreography, direction: Martin Stiefermann
- performers: Jorge Morro, Antje Rose, Nicky Vanoppen
- dramaturgy, text: Hartmut Schrewe
- scenery: Anike Sedello
- music: Albrecht Ziepert
- video design: Erato Tzavara
- artistic assistance: Efrat Stempler
- production management: Helena Tsiflidis
- communication: k3berlin
- graphic design: Peter Junge
- trainee: Dawn Robinson
„HEIMATFRONT (DOMESTIC FRONT) is a smart, dynamic and partly also funny performance in which the third world is brought into the first, the wars of the others are coming to our home […] an examination worth seeing.“ RBB inforadio, Ute Büsing
„The new dance performance HEIMATFRONT – Das Desaster lässt grüßen (DOMESTIC FRONT – The disaster says hello), settled in the privacy of the family, is a mean swan song on the human learning aptitude, a garish farce of the western prosperity citizen and his globalized indifference, stinking to high heaven. The sarcastic basic tone of the ambitious dance performance questions our lifestyle with bitter mockery and derision.“ tanznetz.de, Karin Schmidt-Feister
“If our prosperity on the world produces suffering, is this suffering our property?” This question posed to the audience several times without answer is of provoking cynicism and is also the compression of the topic in Martin Stiefermann’s “Heimatfront” (domestic front). The first scene conveys already the message that we deny the martial consequences of our lifestyle between unfair coffee, and sweatshop-shirt: sitting on the sofa lazy, overeaten-bored and almost swallowed by the hyper-coloured supply of goods. Exactly like the three performers of MS Schrittmacher, who are slouching in the inflatable sofa.” TANZ, Elena Philip
Fonds Doppelpass of Kulturstiftung des Bundes
rebeam, DINAMIX, platzhirsch
media partner DIGITAL IN BERLIN