The extinct species of the world speak out. A polyphonic swansong to fauna and humanity, a requiem manifesto. The animals lament their extinction and recall their memories “of futures that are doomed to never exist — memories of lives that will never have been lived”. The manifesto tries to move away from the current debates and status quo, it attempts to leave the economic system behind and instead look at the bigger picture — ultimately, isn’t humanity just one of many species in the world?
In his new play, Thomas Köck, the two-time winner of the MÜLHEIMER DRAMATIKERPREIS (MÜLHEIM DRAMATISTS’ AWARD), considers how we could change the way we look at time and temporality, at our responsibility. Perhaps by rethinking how we consume resources and our environment and, instead of only considering if we’re going to be fine tomorrow or the day after, we need to focus on how the future may look for generations to come. Or would the earth ultimately be better off if the human species became extinct?
Marie Bues, who directed a play at KUNSTFEST 2020 at the ALTE FEUERWACHE WEIMAR, has already premiered many works written by Thomas Köck. Her directing work concentrates on contemporary writing and she works closely with the playwrights. In collaboration with Anouschka Trocker, she is creating a live audio play of the piece. Astrid Meyerfeldt, who was awarded the German theatre prize DER FAUST in 2020 for best actress, Sarah Sophia Meyer and Nico Link, both ensemble members of SCHAUSPIELHAUS GRAZ, and Janus Torp, member of the ensemble at the DEUTSCHE NATIONALTHEATER UND STAATSKAPELLE WEIMAR, will bring the requiem manifesto of animals to life.