Schweigen Impossible An encounter of translators, interpreters and know-it-alls
A strong evening from a strong group of performers.
How is it possible to reach an understanding when one person blusters and swaggers, the other person can hardly intervene in a comprehensible manner, a third person claims to understand everything, a fourth person rushes in to help using sign language and a fifth person translates everything into dance? A hopeless mishmash of languages like the Tower of Babel? A hilariously funny look at trying out all the options of (mis)understanding? Or a conciliatory coming together of different techniques of reaching an understanding? Factual, post-factual or as fake news – Thikwa sets off into perceived realities. An encounter of translators, interpreters and know-it-alls with people who speak using body language and sounds.
André Nittel is center stage, one of the most extraordinary Thikwa performers. He sits in a wheelchair because of his spasms and can only control his movements to a certain extent. He can only communicate using sounds. Despite or, more precisely, because of this, he is one of our strongest performers.
With a cacophony of possibilities, we approach each other in this performance of asymmetric communication. How much free choice about your own thoughts remains in a society in which nearly everyone feels they knows better what you want to say than you do yourself? Snippets of information come up against assiduous translations or those that just “feel” correct, a consciously manipulated and very loud game of telephone delivers unexpected results and dances that play with the movements of sign language accompany the search for the external voice. You can only make it through some forms of interpretation with a healthy dose of humor.
And then there is also a very well attuned long-term couple who abuse each other very strangely with taciturn half sentences and nevertheless do not get any farther.
An encounter of translators, interpreters and know-it-alls with people who speak using body language and sounds. A performance about serious attempts, hopeless errors and humorous consequences. A linguistic, musical and dance-filled research trip to the place for thoughts become audible.