Chris Ziegler: forest 2
Another Midsummer Night’s Dream
Wed, September 02, 2009 – Sun, September 06, 2009, Performance
Chris Ziegler, an artist affiliated with the ZKM, presents his latest theater work “forest 2”, which was produced and presented at the Munich DANCE2008 festival, as an interactive theater installation.
“forest 2,” which is based on Shakespeare’s drama “A Midsummer Night‘s Dream” and Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”, plays with the complex elements of its literary origins. The text written by Michael Hewel weaves together the three motifs of love, art, and death and ties them to the theme of the forest. An extensive installation, which in conjunction with the music by Torsten Brandes and the Ensemble für Neue Musik Schloss Hamborn as well as a specific movement, light, and image architecture, creates an unusual association space in which the forest appears as a site of myths and fairytales, fears and dreams. The audience is invited to explore these different spaces with Puck (Friederike Plafki).

“forest 2” consists of two parts: an exhibition (Wed., Sept. 2nd, to Fri, Sept. 4th) and a performance part on the following weekend of September 05th and 6th.
In the exhibition, the viewer himself becomes an actor on the interactive stage and thus part of the changing sequence of scenes, which is constantly generated anew.
The story taking place in the light forest of the Midsummer Night’s Dreams is told from a different perspective in every performance resp. during every visit of the exhibition.

On Saturday, Sept. 5th, and on Sunday, Sept. 6th, the perspective of narration always changes on the hour:

12 a.m. - Oberon
1 p.m. - Titania
2 p.m. - Music version
3 p.m. - Titania
4 p.m. - Oberon
5 p.m. - Music version

(Duration of each cycle: 20 min.)

Concept, direction: Chris Ziegler
Text: Michael Hewel/ Theater M
Composition: Torsten Brandes
Music: Ensemble für Neue Musik Schloss Hamborn
Sounds: Alexandre Decoupigny
Programming: Martin Bellardi
Oberon/Acting: Jens Kipper
Titania/Song: Ute Merz/Steffi Fischer
Puck/Dance: Friederike Plafki
Organization / Institution

Landesverband Freier Theater Baden-Württemberg (LAFT) ; Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg