The Trial 2.0
A Labyrinth of Guilt Based on Kafka
“Someone must have traduced Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.“ One may feel quite akin to Kafka’s protagonist in his famous novel “The Trial”, living in a world which is obsessed with high performance and self-control and in which we tend to turn ourselves into our very own relentless judges: Am I successful enough? Have I put my talents to use sufficiently? Do I manage to balance work, family and friends? Am I happy with my life and if not: is it not my own fault? Unlike Kafka’s novel we don’t even need an outer control anymore: We happily accuse and arrest ourselves without having done anything “wrong“ in a juridical sense. We blaim ourselves rather than society. We go and see a therapist, personal coach or yoga instructor instead of joining a union or a demonstration.
In looking back at Kafka’s classic novel, which reveals striking motives quite relevant for 21st century’s globalist society, Interrobang drags the inner tribunal of us self-responsible neoliberal human beings out in the open for public trial.
by and with: Till Müller-Klug, Nina Tecklenburg, Lajos Talamonti, Elisabeth Lindig
dramturgy: Kaja Jakstat
set design, costumes: Sandra Fox
music: Friedrich Greiling
production manager: Ehrliche Arbeit – Freies Kulturbüro
intern: Katharina Öttl, Daniela Schroll
A coproduction by Interrobang with Sophiensaele Berlin and Schauspiel Leipzig. In cooperation with Schwankhalle Bremen. Funded by the Mayor’s Office of Berlin (Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten), Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. and Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.