Vesper // Snack

A production for children (4+) by JES – Junges Ensemble Stuttgart in collaboration with backsteinhaus produktion

Graphic: JES Stuttgart // Photos: Alex Wunsch


A growl. A rumble. Pause. A grumble, a clear complaint of emptiness, or was it something else? The growling – was it your stomach? ›Vesper‹ explores through dance playful the common break and hunger as a subjective as well as a global monster. The table is set, at least for us.

›Vesper‹ is a call for better distribution, a question to the next generation, a story about two gluttons and a room for one or more stomachs to fill. Young and old from the age of 4 are invited to master the abundance with the two performers Franziska Schmitz and Kelvin Burkhard and to follow the flow of nutrients in our body. Visually rich and almost textless, the two search for a fair distribution among each other and are accompanied and supported by the young audience in the final shared snack. It will be danced, shared, played, eaten, burped and farted until the police arrives, the stage gets sick and a big question remains in the room: How the hell can we make it, make up for it, change it?


Premiere: 9. March 2019 // JES – Junges Ensemble Stuttgart



Performer: Franziska Schmitz, Kelvin Kilonzo

Artistic director: Nicki Liszta
Stage & costumes: Nina Malotta
Music: Heiko Giering
Dramaturgy: Christian Schönfelder
Video: Christopher Bühler
Choreographic assistant: Isabelle von Gatterburg
Assistant director: Jule Kriesel
Theatre pedagogy: Silke Wilhelm



»To illustrate this problem of distribution even to the youngest, Liszta has two very hungry (stirring: Franziska Schmitz and Kelvin Kilonzo) dance through a sophisticated landscape of organs that fight for anything that rumbles through the esophagus into the digestive tract. In front of wonderfully bubbling video images (Christopher Bühler) and to the driving electrobeats of the composer Heiko Giering … they stuff not only the incoming bites greedy in pants and shirt. … The young spectators and their parents were justifiably thrilled. Rich in images, Liszta sums up the issue of food and distribution – and creates an enthralling plea for justice and an agrarian revolution for the younger generation.« Petra Mostbacher-Dix, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 12. March 2019

»People of the age of four and up are told about the hunger in the world, in simple and grandiose pictures. The choreographer Nicki Liszta, who has for the first time created a production for children, remains true to the principles of her group backsteinhaus produktion: Scenography, movement material and statements become fundamental political issues that affect the future of the world and are finally combined into a statement.« Manfred Jahnke, Die Deutsche Bühne, 10. March 2019

»The work shows that it does not always take great effort, kitsch or storytelling to captivate children. Only with their body language on a restrainedly designed stage, the two dancers manage to communicate impressively without words what the fight for food is all about. … But even adults get brainfood from this dance theater – so far, that literally the laugh stucks in the throat. So that the conclusion in the end: ›I’d rather share with you and heal the world a bit,‹ only consoles the young audience. But for everyone there is a snack after the show.« Barbara Wollny, Südwestpresse, 16. March 2019