A 'Thinkspiel' about man who loses his grip on the world

Humans need more and more energy, but generating it is often disastrous for the earth. The clumsy way in which people deal with this is central to Kein Licht . Jelinek cleverly pokes fun at that human incapacity in her text.

As the word 'Thinkspiel' indicates, the work deals with substantive issues, but without forcing the audience in a particular direction. Two wandering figures, A and B, speak to each other, but do not understand each other. Who or what they are exactly – two elementary particles, or perhaps the deceased first and second violinist – remains in the middle.

Bold Choices

Both the German Stemann and the French Manoury are known for their bold choices. The director and composer playfully explore the boundaries of text, music, theater and technology. They combine composed fragments with live electronics that intervene in real time in an unpredictable way on the sound of singers, instrumentalists and even a Jack Russell. Together, this adventurous collection forms a great thunderous lament that does away with our belief in the controllability of technology.