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Hamburg’s Theater Triebwerk
in Kitchener

by Herwig Wandschneider

Herwig Wandschneider

Theater Triebwerk came to the Concordia Club in Kitchener, courtesy of the Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, to present the story we all read - Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Actually, Theater Triebwerk is on Tour in the USA and across Canada for several weeks and side-tracked to Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener and London from New York, before carrying on to Halifax and then on to Calgary and Vancouver. And what a privilege it was to have them here!

Ismael (Oliver Hermann) way up there in rough seas & the crew (Heino Sellhorn, Uwe Schade)  [photo: Herwig Wandschneider]An audience of some 230 watched in fascination as the three actors transported them into the exciting and fascinating chase of Moby Dick in the mid 19th century. Supported by only by a few props carried with them from venue to venue, the three, Oliver Hermann, Uwe Schade, und Heino Sellhorn, managed to turn the simple stage into violent storms in the Pacific in the deadly hunt for the most aggressive of all Great Sperm Whales (Pottwal). Through song, musical effects and extraordinary acting we saw Ismael climb high up the mast to secure the rigging and spot Moby Dick as the seas tossed the ship in all directions. And were frightened by the angry captain thumping about the ship with one artificial leg as he forced the crew to persevere.

An enthustiastic audience acknowledges this magnificent performance  [photo: Herwig Wandschneider]Not only did the play bring back the memory of the adventure, it transformed it into reality before your very eyes, and if you took a moment to study the faces of the audience, they were transfixed in awe and amazement, at one time horrified by the vivid description of the processing of the whale to oils, soaps, and candles and another laughing at the uproarious humour interspersed with the tale of the hunt. Not surprisingly, the audience was represented by all ages, but the majority were adults, who enjoyed every minute of this 70 minute long play.

Marion Villa-Lobos of the Goethe Institute accompanied the performers to Kitchener: "The play has been received by appreciative audiences around the world. Their performances received numerous awards in Germany. We were exceptionally lucky to have them."

Theater Triebwerk presents the play on demand in either German or English. Here it was of course in German. The audience gratefully acknowledged that this performance was made possible through the Goethe Institute. The Concordia Club generously provided the Halle for this purpose. No Admission was charged.

Pity those, who missed this event.


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