Der (kommende) Aufstand
nach Friedrich Schiller

andcompany&Co. (DE)

How to occupy an imaginary space within an imaginary context?
andcompany&Co., for years now the designated experts in joyfully juggling political discourse, occupy the Cologne studiobühne together with Flemish and Dutch colleagues, and rehearse the insurrection. For while the Dutch Geuzen were revolting against their Spanish oppressors almost 450 years ago, the Germans preferred to write plays about it, even years afterwards – for example, Goethe’s “Egmont” and Schiller’s “Don Carlos”: “Sir, give us the freedom to think!”
In collaboration with the Flemish director Joachim Robbrecht, andcompany&Co. call for a temporary transnational theater, interweaving current polemical pamphlets like “The Coming Insurrection” by The Invisible Committee with Schiller’s “History of the Revolt of the Netherlands” into an associative tour de force that leads from the Thirty Year War to the “Occupy Movement of 1940” and on to the New York occupiers of Zuccotti Park a year and a half ago.
Without any particular chronological order and undaunted by corny jokes and short circuitings, they conjure up the history of that freedom that was born a long time ago in the Netherlands and which is today being carried to its grave there as well. In historical costumes from past revolutions, the actors walk onto the stage that they are occupying: the Geuzen, the beggars are back! But this time it is not only Spain’s ruling lady that has to fear them, but all of Europe, for what began as a farce could end as a tragedy.


THURSDAY 27 JUNE 07:30 PM Cologne
Language DE & EN & NL with DE & EN SURTITLES studiobühneköln
FRIDAY 28 JUNE 07:30 PM Köln
Language DE & EN & NL with DE & EN SURTITLES studiobühneköln
SATURDAY 29 JUNE 07:30 PM Köln
Language DE & EN & NL with DE & EN SURTITLES studiobühneköln

Duration 90 Min


Directed by: andcompany&Co. (Karschnia / Nord / Sulimma) with Joachim Robbrecht
With: Rüdiger Hauffe, Alexander Karschnia, Simon Lenski, Joachim Robbrecht, Hartmut Schories,
Sascha Sulimma, Vincent van der Valk, Reinier van Houdt, Ward Weemhoff&Co.
Text: Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord, Joachim Robbrecht&Co.
Set Design: Jan Brokof&Co.
Costumes: Lisa Maline Busse&Co.
Music: Sascha Sulimma with Simon Lenski, Reinier van Houdt&Co.
Light Design: Gregor Knüppel&Co.
Dramaturgy Oldenburgisches Staatstheater: Jörg Vorhaben
Assistance to the Director: Thomas Renner
Assistance Set Design: Julia Harttung
Technical Director: Martin Kaffarnik
Sound Design: Torsten Schwarzbach
Production Management: Aurel Thurn
Company Management: Katja Sonnemann

A production by andcompany&Co. with Oldenburgisches Staatstheater and Theater Frascati Amsterdam in coproduction with FFT Düsseldorf and Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster.
Funded by Fonds Podiumskunsten NL, Kunststiftung NRW, NRW KULTURsekretariat, Goethe-Institut Amsterdam.

This event is made possible by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK as part of their program supporting guest performances, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as the State Ministries for Arts and Culture.