Tonight is the last official night of the Theatertreffen, and we are blogging up to the final minute, with the last of our live blogs. Starting at 22:00, you can follow the Via Intolleranza II audience discussion here. I will be sharing the threads the discussion follows and my impressions and reactions – all in the role of an audience member, filling the seat of those of you who can’t be here but wish you could. So get that “refresh” button ready, and please feel welcome to comment (in English or German). And as preparation, read up on Christoph Schlingensief’s opera village.
22:13 The talkback is scheduled to start in two minutes – a little later than planned. The show ran until shortly before 10pm, and it’s our last night to enjoy the garden bonfire, after all…
22:17 Slowly but surely, the audience brings its pretzels and beer upstairs. Maybe they were all busy downstairs at the donations booth, responding to the call for donations to the opera village during the curtain call.
22:19 By the way, I hate to spread stereotypes – but I’m really not kidding about the pretzels and beer.
22:20 Here we go! Curious to see how this plays out, because I know a couple of people on the podium don’t speak German.
22:22 Got it. Wilfried Zoungrana‘s on it.
22:26 A question on the actors from Burkina Faso about the casting in Ougadougu: Why did you want to participate? How did you end up participating? There were 300 people participating – why did you want to take part? Isabelle Tassembedo: “I’ve never acted before, I came because I heard they needed a woman of my age. And as soon as I got there, I realized there was no language barrier. Even though we didn’t speak the same language, I understood him.” (Also, a correction from Tassembedo: “actually, there were 400 participants.”)
22:30 Schlingensief has a convert to the theater through Tassembedo: “I had a lot of fun. I think I’ll keep going.”