Anke Retzlaff

Dream Machine


DREAM MACHINE is a frantic trip into the world of dreams. Moreover, it is the inventory of an attitude towards life. Do dreams find us or do we invent them? And how does our dream world change when crisis hits and our reality suddenly seems turned upside down? In a polyphonic composition, the boundaries between dream and reality, between music and spoken word are dissolved. What lies behind this processing of daily detritus slowly crystallises: an impeded farewell.

In 2014 Anke Retzlaff was nominated for the “New Faces Award” for her film work. In the field of theatre, the magazine “Theater Heute” recently nominated her as best up-and-coming artist. For her project DREAM MACHINE, Retzlaff, who is also a trained musician, has gathered a trio of equally compelling instrumentalists from the fields of avant-garde pop and progressive jazz. Grooves and beats from her fellow musicians seemlessly blend with Retzlaff’s shifts between performance, acting, and singing. Texts by Matin Soofipour Omam form the basis of this play development.

➤ Visitors are invited to leave their memory of important dreams in a telephone booth installed during the festival, in order to become personally involved in the performance and also to participate in a growing dream archive.

Concept, Stage Direction: Anke Retzlaff | Co-Direction: Paul Jumin Hoffmann | With texts by: Matin Soofipour Omam | Dramaturgy: Katharina Rösch | Stage and Costumes: Marie Gimpel, Karolina Wyderka | Light Design: Philippe Waldecker, Jörg Paschen

With: Anke Retzlaff, Performance | Jo Beyer, Percussion| Lukas Schäfer, Synthesizer | Peter Florian Berndt, Sampler

Location: Volksbühne – Saal

Duration: ca. 70 minutes

Sa 9.4. | 20:30 UHR

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A production by Anke Retzlaff.
Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste.