Ventestedet (2014)

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You have changed lately. You don’t know whom you can trust anymore. Nothing seems to be, as you know it. You are confused. You need help. Therefore you have been called for observation in the psychiatric waiting place; The Laguna, for a five hour psychological screening.

Maybe you are anxious about the examination. This is completely normal but it is important that you understand the importance of attending. We here at The Laguna, will do our best to make your day pleasant. In return, we hope that you will have an understanding of the pressure that we, and the health care system as a whole, is subjected to and that we will do our best to fight the pandemic that threatens to bring Europe to its knees.

The Laguna, is a temporary residence where psychiatric patients can stay for up to a year. The institution is managed by the doctors Peter & Lizzie Wächter and it houses approximately 25 non-violent patients primarily of Non Danish European descent.

Our facilities include; a cantina, kiosk, creative workspace, computer café, music therapy room, TV-room and activity hall. Professionally trained staff mans the The Laguna around the clock.

Upon arrival, you will receive instructions about your stay, along with information regarding your treatment. Thereafter you will be asked to change into patient clothes. Your personal belongings will be kept in a locked wardrobe. Please bring cash for the cantina. During your stay you will participate in different tests and activities with your co-patients.

Waiting time may occur.

 

Republique presents SIGNA for the first time in Denmark since their controversial performance Saló in 2010.


Watch the teaser.


Language: English, Danish


Tickets:
 Please visit www.republique.dk/en or call +45/70201031

(Due to limited audience capacity we recommend that you buy your tickets as soon as possible!)

Dates & Times:

23rd to 26th of October 2014
29th of October to 2nd of November 2014
10th to 16th and 24th to 30th of November 2014
8th to 14th of December 2014
 
Always at 19:00, on Saturdays and Sundays also at 13:00

Place: Torveporten 10, 2500 Valby, Denmark


Practical information:

The doors will not be opened until the start of the performance. We recommend that you show up between 18:45 (12:45) and 19:00 (13:00). After the doors are closed at 19:05 (13:05), no access is possible.

It is possible to buy food and coffee in the performance. Please bring change.

Parking outside of the Laguna costs DKK 50,-

The audience will be divided in groups. People who arrive together are likely to be parted during the performance.

The audience are required to wear patient clothes during the performance.


Press Quotes:

"Ventestedet er en både troværdig og ganske absurd oplevelse, og det mest interessante er, at man holder op med at skelne det ene fra det andet. (...) Man går derfra berørt og en desorienteret social erfaring rigere - for de mennesker, man stiftede bekendtskab med, de patienter, man holdt i hånden, når de var ude af sig selv, er fiktive karakterer, og dog bærer man dem med sig i tankerne flere dage efter.
Teaterprojekter af denne slags kræver en umådelig fin balanceren og forvaltning af grænser - noget man med rette kan sige, at Signas Ventestedet manøvrerer til perfektion."
- Maria Bordorff, KOPENHAGEN MAGASIN 

"Hvor samtidskunsten med et lidt klichéagtigt credo tit vil »tvinge beskueren til at tage stilling«, så gør Signa faktisk det modsatte: At konfrontere os med vores egen passivitet ved at lade os opleve kropsligt, hvilken lise det egentlig er at tøffe holdningsløst rundt i sutsko på et gråt linoleumsgulv i fem timer og lade andre bestemme over én. På det punkt går Ventestedet hen og bliver en brugbar magtkritik."
- Anna Ullman, Information

"Som altid er det utroligt, så gennemautentiske performerne virker. Det her er ikke bare en menneskezoo, personerne kommer, aldeles afvæbnende, ind på livet af én."
- Monna Dithmer, Politiken 

"'Det er bare teater, det er bare teater.' Det er meget, meget sjældent, at det er dét, man som teateranmelder under en forestilling sidder og messer for sig selv. Men nu er Ventestedet heller ikke en almindelig teaterforestilling. Faktisk forekommer alt konventionelt teater med en scene, publikumsrækker, en fast fortællerstruktur og faste replikker vitterligt meget banalt, når man har set Ventestedet. Det er virkelig noget andet; for ikke at sige en helt anden dimension.
- Nanna Goul, Weekendavisen

Concept & Book: Signa Köstler

Direction: Signa Köstler with Arthur Köstler

Set & Costume Design: Signa Köstler with Mona El Gammal

Audiovisual Media and Technical Design: Arthur Köstler

Sound Design: Christian Bo

Production: Republique and SIGNA

Devising Ensemble: (in alphabetical order)
Arthur Köstler as Bernhart 'Boa' Hadraba
Christian Bo Johansen as Silvio Mikael Nielsen
Johannes Köhler as Peter Wächter
Julia Bahn as Juvelina Bobek
Klara Stoyanova as Dania Ananievna
Mareike Wenzel as Lizzibeta Wächter
Martin Heise as Benjamin ‘Benny’ Pingel
Mikk Siemer as Marlon Mysh
Mona el Gammal as Eurita Schönfeld
Siff Gyllenborg Lundgreen as Bolina ‘Bobbie’ Mynsted
Signa Köstler as Linda Parisienne Blach
Simon Steinhorst as Brandon Jacobi
Stefanie Mühlhan as Connie Akacia Döderlein
Yulia Yáñez as Laura ‘Luxine’ Schäfer

Supporting Cast: (in alphabetical order)
Camilla Lønbirk as Minga-Maria Bording
Diana Tørsløv Møller as Lidiana Romerdahl
Jonas Preben Jørgensen as Eurin Hansen
Julie Castmar as Lexi Lundberg
Madeleine Kate McGowan as Polina Attling
Maja Makki Palme as Goldina Armfelt
Maria Buch Cordsen as Brittney-Ann Ribnitz
Maria Ulrika Schneider as Rexita Carst
Merethe Bahn Trolle as Elvisette Markov
Nana Senderovitz as Angela Garder
Olivia Schrøder as Londra Kath
Rasmus Balling Larsen as Melvin Beck
Therese Mastek as Marcelina Ravn
Ursula Hessner Marcussen as Letitia Brindeborg
Victor Malmberg Vejle as Justin Kian Holt
Visnja Sretenovic as Nina Rahmani

Guest Appearences: (in alphabetical order)
Alba Köstler as a hallucination
Eva Vium as Sandra Bockholt
Hannah Grady as Joy Chadburn
Momo Subotic as Vladimir ‘Vlad’ Vlasic
My Larsdotter Lucas as Sandy Cronholm
Nana-Francisca Schottländer as Venise Berner
Stig Eivind Vatne as Jeff Gleiberg 

Technician: Martin Heise

Set & Costume Design Assistant: Julia Bahn, Rhoda Thing, Therese Mastek, Visnja Sretenovic

Catering: Julie Castmar

Graphic Design: Arthur Köstler, Klara Stoyanova

Additional Sound Design: Mikk Siemer, Steven Reinert

Craftsmen: Dave, Momo, Stig, Sune, Tobin

Programming: Ebbe Valbak, Mikk Siemer

Photography: Erich Goldmann, Arthur Köstler

Production coordinator: Maiken Bruun-Aamodt

 

Thanks:
Erni Köstler
Ebbe Sørensen 

 
   
 
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