RAR – Zäh wie Windhunde


my own pre-diploma piece

In the third year of study, my first comprehensive work took place, in which I – together with my fellow student Eileen von Hoyningen Huene – chose the traditional mask playing technique. We had to design an overall concept that meant everything from selecting the content by creating and building the stage design to playing the piece.

Directing, play, scenography and concept: Bianka Drozdik, Eileen von Hoyningen Huene
Original music: Carsten Thorwald
Voices: Linda Mattern, Josephine Buchwitz
Sound: Mate Victor
Directing Supervisor: Agnes Kuthy
Photography: Mate Victor

The chosen theme was the silence about traumatic events. The artistic process was preceded by an intensive research phase of two weeks in the medical field of „epigenetics“. Epigenetics is a discipline that specifically investigates the factors that control the activity of our genes. We wanted to practically investigate the question of whether trauma can be inherited.

We have dealt with our grandparents‘ generation. The generation of those who were children in the Second World War and in the post-war period and often have not spoken openly about this time with their children or grandchildren. Apart from a few sound recordings, no language is used in the piece. There are two masks and shadow play.

Everything is very reduced and minimalist. Our stage design is completely covered  with white gauze and therefore offers many possibilities in terms of lighting qualities and shadows. Each of the two figures lives in its own space, a cube covered with white gauze, which runs diagonally down to the sides.

The oblique spaces have not only served us as an active play partner, but have also symbolized the passage of time, the linear perspective from „old“ to „young“. The only object on stage is a suitcase that inevitably gets to the younger figure trying to open it. But she can’t do it without the help of the older character. How does she persuade the other character? This physical theatrical language invites us to think, experience and discover this silent dialogue between the two generations.