In this two hander theatre-maker Jochen Stechmann – joined live by his mother, Margrit – takes a personal and intimate look at the way our family histories shape our present experiences. On stage his mother performs the triple role of assistant, witness and soothing presence.
This semi-autobiographical performance reflects upon a set of symbolic objects representing both collective and personal history. An honest attempt to negotiate a position between confrontation of the past and a final reconciliation with it. How can we deal with our emotional heritage? How does it affect our daily life? What does it mean to be German nowadays? Can we ever outlive the sins of our ancestors?
concept and performance: Jochen Stechmann
performance: Margrit Stechmann
live voice over: Birgit Wieger (German version), Mariangela Tinelli (English version)
light-design: Dennis van Paassen
advisors: Titus Muizelaar, Edit Kaldor
videos: Jochen Stechmann
Family Matters is a DasArts Final Project produced by Theater Zeebelt and Stichting Traum-A