Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Ein Chor irrt sich gewaltig

by René Pollesch adapted from „Un elephant ca trompe enormement“

“We’re already good enough!” (Dietmar Dath) And what would that mean for a dominant criticism of capitalism? Will it finally fall silent? Because it keeps limiting itself to saying, that we just have to become better people? “First comes a full stomach, then comes ethics!” So be done with it! All this reckless talk about the end of capitalism! How about the end of ethics! Okay, we could keep talking about excessive executive’s payments! But what if we were already good enough? In that case the critique of capitalism would stand before us and it wouldn’t have much more to say that we could all simply agree to. We’re already good enough! You, Lucien! I! We all are good enough, that’s not the problem right now, that some people are not as good as others. But you! With your self-certainty about your place in life, that only tolerates every theory like an accessoire beneath itself. But apart from that one is relying on the pillars of a christian-jewish based occidental social order, which has become the model of a modern lifestyle with its protestant ethics. This misunderstanding of our historicality! We’re not historical beings because we repeat every piece of crap from our ancestors. In that we’re rather unhistorical. The idea of an inflexible historical core, which is in fact ahistorical, Liven! I am feeling so proletarian here in bed with you… but this reckless talk about the bankruptcy of capitalism. It has to stop! Sex and the search for the truth are unnessecarily linked. We’re both lying here and what kind of truth is that supposed to be? Sex is not a taboo in these societies, that’s the misunderstanding, in fact they have been constantly talking about nothing else than sex. The misery of sexuality doesn’t consist in repression. Marx didn’t declare capitalism as repression, as a pre-arranged theft. It’s not the purpose of capitalism to exploit the worker. Or that this purpose is hushed up, that’s not the problem. His own unfeigned surprise about how one becomes a slave owner. Now that’s a topic! And not good and bad. The way the basic principles of capitalism are constituted inevitably leads to misery. Marx dedicated himself to the analysis of production. That way he could escape the indignation.

Duration: 1h


With: Jean Chaize, Brigitte Cuvelier, Christine Groß, Sophie Rois, Claudia A. Daiber (Chor), Betty Freudenberg (Chor), Jana Hampel (Chor), Lisa Hrdina (Chor), Marie Löcker (Chor), Marie Lucht (Chor), Silvana Schneider (Chor), Ninja Stangenberg (Chor), Nele Stuhler (Chor), Irina Sulaver (Chor), Lisa-Theres Wenzel (Chor) and Anna Kubelik (Chor)

Choir: Christine Groß

Director: René Pollesch
Stage and Costumes Supplier: Bert Neumann
Costumes: Bert Neumann
Light Design: Frank Novak
Dramaturgy: Aenne Quiñones

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Inspiration by

Herve Vilard - Capri c'est fini
Michel Delpech - Pour un flirt
Gilbert Becaud - Nathalie
Josephine Baker - La petite tonkinoise
Verdi, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Carlos Kleiber, Ilena Cotrubas, Placido Domingo, 1977 - La Traviata