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What does the GDR cult film DIE LEGENDE VON PAUL UND PAULA tell us about great and small happiness and where can it be found today? The theater group DAS HELMI and employees of the Diakonie Bitterfeld-Wolfen-Gräfenhainichen have set out on a search. Together they bring the legend to the stage in an entertaining and heartfelt way.

With their funny foam puppets, the theater group DAS HELMI brings even the most complicated plays and stories to the stage in an entertaining and intelligent way. After being inspired by THE LORD OF THE RINGS and STAR WARS, they are now tackling the most legendary of all GDR films: the love story of Paul and Paula. When the film was released, over 3 million people stormed the cinemas to see the search for personal happiness in conflict with official state ideas. Beforehand, however, SED leader Erich Honecker allegedly had to personally give the green light for the film to be shown. But what does this story tell us today? Where can happiness be found today and where does it collide with social ideas? After the production at Ballhaus Ost in Berlin with lots of puppets and wild music, DAS HELMI set out on a search in a workshop with people with disabilities at the Diakonie Bitterfeld-Wolfen-Gräfenhainichen. Together they now present their legend of happiness without end.

Performance in Wolfen: Emir Tebatebai, Maxim Ali Tebatebai, Christina Berger, Florian Loycke, Amy G Dala, Brian Morrow, Jakob Dober, Florian Hein, employees of the Diakonie: Ricarda Busse, Konrad Erler, Mario Geisler, Markus Gorski,Kathrin Hennig, Marcel Kaspersinsky, Anja Kettlitz, Steve Kilz, Tom Kitzing, Marion Konarski, Heiko Lawrenz, Marco Löprick, Andreas Maul, Florian Meudtner, Katrin Necke, Mirko Pelz, Alina Ritter, Thomas Röder, Tom Walter, Anja Walther and Mareike Wysekal.
General direction: DAS HELMI
Director: Florian Loycke, all
Texts: Emir Tebatebai, Maxim Ali Tebatebai, Christina Berger, Florian Loycke, Amy G Dala, Brian Morrow, Jakob Dober, Anne Kubatzki, Florian Hein, Ulrich Plenzdorf
Choir texts: Christina Berger
Musical direction: Amy G Dala
Choir direction: Florian Hein
Painting, puppets: Felix Loycke
Costumes: Louise Pons
Stage design: Fabian Eichner, stage design class of the UDK Janina Audick
Choreography: Sasa Quelix
Technical direction, lighting design: Fabian Eichner
Dramaturgy: Emir Tebatebai and Florian Loycke, all
Artistic collaboration: Peter Frost
Performance collaboration: Louise Pons, Anne Kubatzki
Production management: Natascha Tertre
Production: Basisförderung Berlin and Ballhaus Ost

In cooperation with the Diakonieverein e.V. Bitterfeld-Wolfen-Gräfenhainichen.

“THE ART OF REMAINING MANY. Nationwide Forums for Art, Freedom and Democracy” is a series of events organized by the Fonds Darstellende Künste in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, Chamäleon Berlin, fabrik Potsdam, FFT Düsseldorf, Hans Otto Theater Potsdam, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Impulse Theater Festival, Kunstfest Weimar 2024, LOFFT – DAS THEATER Leipzig, OSTEN Festival Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Plattenstufen-Festspiele presented by PHOENIX Theaterfestival Erfurt, Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig, Societaetstheater Dresden, Sophiensӕle Berlin, Zentralwerk e.V. Dresden.

Funded by: The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.

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