Simple maths is providing the right path / glittering and decorated with laugh / walk it through and you will glow / forever in the natures flow
According to safety regulations, 3.6 persons are allowed on one square meter of earth. 10 billion people are already predicted by the year 2100. It’ll be tight in this world.
The lust for life becomes fatality to the world as to humankind, susceptibility becomes our own noose. Out of great love for life, backsteinhaus produktion creates a counterconcept and is passionately devoted to purely organic material disposal. ›Platonia‹ understands the order of the world as a balancing act between ecosystem and human impact.
As a mouthpiece for the planet, ›Platonia‹ recounts how intimacy can be practiced gently and living together is made sustainable – for diversity in nature, for climate protection and self-regulated food chains. This makes our misanthropic heart beat faster and our conscience become pure. So we finally defy the deficient reality and take to the theater the idea of an ideal world. Self-determined and enlightened, we go the path of the only way out. Not depressed and not excessive. The elimination of errors takes place in peaceful coexistence, self-responsible and courageous. Rationality is the essence of salvation.
Following the thoughts of a woman in her thirties, between the desire of having a child but not leaving more footprints, raises the question of whether her personal decision could be a solution for the entire planet. Out of this world of ideas unfolds the grotesque landscape of a civilization on demand, which leads us into a future of radical overpopulation and the platonic ideal of residue-free life and love.
›Platonia‹ follows the trail of this romantic idea and its absurd and fantastic development – and celebrates life.
Premiere: 6. June 2018 // Theater Rampe, Stuttgart
Guest performance: 27. October 2018 // EinTanzHaus, Mannheim
Performance and creation: Steven Chotard, Ariel Cohen, Isabelle Gatterburg, Martin Mauriès
Musician: Heiko Giering
Artistic director: Nicki Liszta
Executive director and artistic assistant: Isabelle Gatterburg
Music director and composition: Heiko Giering
Stage design: Nina Malotta, Samuel Hof
Costume design: Nina Malotta, Rebecca Moltenbrey
Dramaturgy: Tobias Tönjes
Video: Christopher Bühler
Duration of the piece: ca. 60 minutes
»The black-humorous prelude to ›Platonia‹ the new piece by choreographer Nicki Liszta for backsteinhaus produktion, in the foyer of the Rampe Theater hit home. Like what followed on stage: While the audience sat down, the suicide artist threw herself in backbends and twists, as if it were about life and death. It did, about humanity and the earth. How the overpopulation lets the the planet gasping for air, was shown on two screens. … It is strong stuff – and a highly explosive and indispensable for the discussion, which is grandiose and consistently without moral finger pointing brought on stage by the backsteinhaus artists. That’s exactly why it gets under your skin.« Petra Mostbacher-Dix, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 8. June 2018
»The piece ›Platonia‹ by the Stuttgart choreographer Nicki Liszta at Theater Rampe is negotiating with sober cynicism, dark and frightening the colossal overpopulation and waste of resources . … In addition to unusually comforting hugs, the rather brutal dance Nicki Lisztas shows the pure physical attack against the lunacy of existence. The eerily swirling sounds of dripping water, which Heiko Giering is creating on his computer, rise to threatening rhythms through piano music and paradisiacal harmonies.« Angela Reinhardt, Eßlinger Zeitung, 15. June 2018
»… ›backsteinhaus produktion‹ from Stuttgart … is launching a new production in Theater Rampe: ›Platonia‹, ›Physical theater‹ at its best. Nicki Liszta, the leader of the group founded in 2008, has developed a choreography on the subject of the overpopulation of the earth, which works with the elements of water and light. … Exciting how Nicki Liszta perseveres this theme and drives her four-strong dance ensemble into ever new rebounds. Acrobatic and with great speed, Steven Chotard and Martin Mauriès move through the room with a lot of ground contact and a lot of physical effort: … expressing a power that emanates optimism. … Finally, a utopian space develops. … A strong image in the coproducing Theater Rampe.« Manfred Jahnke, Deutsche Bühne, 7. June 2018
Realized in cooperation with the Theater Rampe in the line of the three-year collaboration ›Rampe tanzt!‹. Funded through conceptions-subsidies of the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. aus Mitteln des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg and the City of Stuttgart and the Fonds Darstellende Künste.