Der Zinnsoldat und die Papiertänzerin
A birthday party means presents! New toys! And the old toys quickly lose their appeal – among them, the paper figure. The one-legged tin soldier is no use either. They are set aside, on the windowsill. For a while they hope that their young owner will pick them up again, but a gust of wind (or was it the jealous jack-in-the-box?) seals their fate. The soldier lands in the gutter and the paper ballerina is whirled high up into the air. Strange and perilous encounters await them both in the world outside the nursery. Evil twins, selfish clouds and rats guarding the borders place the soldier and the ballerina in great danger. Wherever they end up, no one wants them – where they are wanted, on the other hand, they are enslaved or gobbled up. But the ballerina escapes from the possessive and dangerously chaotic magpie family, and even a perpetually hungry giant fish can’t digest a tin solider. A magical coincidence brings them back together and everything seems to be turning out well – but in fact there’s worse to come. Only a miracle can help!
Roland Schimmelpfennig, the most frequently performed German playwright, has reworked Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tale THE STEADFAST TIN SODIER. The fantastical journey reflects on questions for people of all ages: How do we treat one another? How do we behave towards people who are different from us? And what does ownership mean? Mia Constantine, who has directed various works at Dschungel Wien and the Junges Residenztheater Munich, among others, directs the Austrian premiere, which is also her directorial debut at the Vestibül.
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