Modern everyday life: A family falls apart
by Gilla Cremer
with: Gilla Cremer,
directed by: Eva-Maria Martin
Stage & costume design: Jasmin Andreae
Music: Ernst Bechert
assistant director: Uschi Mierzowski
Premiere: Kammerspiele Hamburg (2001)
A man leaves his partner after 20 years of living together. The couple, open-minded and wordly-wise in the sense of the 70’s spirit, always felt it was superfluous to wed. Now the man marries (!) a younger woman.
The abandoned woman, mother of two sons, is unable to express her hate, her sorrow and the sudden fear of becoming old and being alone.
She borrows Medea’s voice, rummages among the fund of Medea material to safeguard and cover her tracks in it.
„The grand masterpiece Gilla Cremer achieves is not only an association of set pieces from Medea literature (by Euripides, Sylvia Plath or even Heiner Müller), but the portrait of a woman between composure and insanity. Superlatives would not suffice to describe the fantastic acting by the solo artist Gilla Cremer.“ (Welt)
„Modern Medea does not murder, she calls a top lawyer. The revenge myth of the abandoned woman takes place in real life, but to express her true feelings with bloodshed is forbidden by decorum and the law. Modern day woman – like Renate – bravely smiles in her Prada outfit, stylishly sips from her wineglass and sensibly reasons about crying, instead of sobbing and raging with pain and anger, until…(HA)
„Cremer serves the audience small portions of Medea and one’s own insane way of experiencing life. A myth becomes human and celebrates its resurrection. Just as subtle as it is impressive.“ (Mopo)