Total Therapy

Interrobang (Berlin)
In “Total Therapy”, the performance group Interrobang scrutinise the trend towards pathologising more and more areas of life. As an experiment, real and fictitious forms of therapy are applied to socio-political issues of our times: social injustice, politics of emotions, the phenomenon of enraged citizens, the dilapidation of the wealthy, the retreat into filter bubbles, loneliness.

“Total Therapy” is a balancing act between therapy and theatre, rendering the reciprocity between the private and the political tangible. Interrobang explore how the imperative for therapeutic self-optimisation, often headed by specialists, is connected with altered late-capitalist ways of life and production. They choose a latently megalomaniac setting for their attempt: Established forms of therapy, like family constellations, Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, auto-drama and others, usually employed in the treatment of psychological problems and complaints, are deliberately misappropriated and applied to global political topics like social inequality, migration and open societies. This provocative friction facilitates new perspectives on the political problems at hand, while at the same time politicising the sphere of the personal. The therapy of social conditions exposes the therapeutic itself as a political power structure.

Most recently, the performance collective Interrobang produced their much-noticed piece “Der Prozess 2.0”, based on motifs by Franz Kakfa, at Residenz.

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Leipzig premiere on April 11, 2019


Concept: Interrobang
From and with: Bettina Grahs, Lisa Großmann, Kaja Jakstat, Elisabeth Lindig, Till Müller-Klug, Lajos Talamonti, Nina Tecklenburg
Stage & costumes:: Silke Bauer
Music: Friedrich Greiling
Lighting design & technical management: Dirk Lutz
Production: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
Public relations: Tina Ebert
Hospitance: Miriam Bach
Photos: Paula Reißig

A production by Interrobang in co-production with Sophiensaele Berlin, Schauspiel Leipzig and WUK Performing Arts Wien.

Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the conceptual support of the Fonds Darstellende Künste e. V. – from federal funds.