insert.eins / eskapade
insert.eins/eskapade is film and theatre: the performance at the Bellariakino now moves on to dietheater Künstlerhaus.
The Bellariakino was built in 1911 and is located right behind the Volkstheater. It is an old, fusty cinema with a foyer, a long, narrow, velvet-lined auditorium with a six-by-one-metre stage in front of the screen and a small room for the projectionist at the rear end. The foyer is connected by doors to the auditorium, that in turn has doors which open directly onto the street. Every afternoon at 4pm, the cinema shows (UFA) films from the thirties and forties. An audience of regulars with an average age of seventy-five comes to watch these films every day.
At first, I wanted to understand the celebrity cult, the emotions, the physicality celebrated on a daily basis at the Bellariakino. As a dancer and choreographer, I studied the films, the auditorium and the setting with regard to “getting closer”, increasingly coming to focus on gestures of (self-)touching. There followed extensive film research at the Bellariakino and at the Austrian Film Archive along with conversations about physical and societal aspects in the films of this era with the historian Frank Stern, film historian Elisabeth Büttner and Thomas Ballhausen from the Austrian Film Archive. Doris Uhlich
The starting point of the body material was the gestures of (self-)touching of Paula Wessely and Zarah Leander in films produced in Austria/Germany between 1933 and 1945. The gestures clash in bodies of different ages and in people with different biographies.
On 3 and 4 March 2006, the film screening took place as usual at 4pm, with Maskerade on the bill (1934, by Willi Forst and starring Paula Wessely). The interest lies in the unpredictable situation when the regular Bellaria audience / cinema audience mingles with a theatre audience, when the film gesture of the “perfect film world” breaks away from the screen, landing in the theatre’s black box, reformulating and touching it as purloined quotations collide with present-day bodies and biographies.
I met the players on the street, in the Volksgarten, at the Senior Citizens Fair, in pensioners clubs, at the Central Office for Pensioners, I spoke with the Erinnerungstheater Wien on the phone, with a former music teacher at the Conservatoire, asked people in the tram: Excuse me, I like you. No, not like that. May I ask you something? My name is Doris Uhlich and I am looking for older people for a theatre project. Doris Uhlich
Concept Doris Uhlich
Dramaturgical advisor Christine Standfest
Performance Hans Breitschopf, Peter Fenz, Uschi Halmágyi, Pauline Haslinger, Irma Jindra, Herta Kressnik, Martin Nechvatal, Frédéric Nedoma-Ohnhäuser, Susanna Peterka, Helene Schmidhuber, Otto Schödl, Franz Stockhandl, Elfie Sus, Doris Uhlich, Ilse Urbanek, Werner Vockenhuber and more guests
Light Andrea Korosec
Premiere 03/03/2006 and 04/03/2006 Bellariakino Wien and dietheater Künstlerhaus, in the frame of imagetanz 2006
With support of the imagetanz artist in residence program, dans in kortrijk and the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.
Biographies (among others)
Dkfm. Mag. Hans Breitschopf, born in Vienna in 1938, member of the Vienna Boys Choir from 1947 – 1952, member of the academy chamber choir Vienna 1956-1961, member of the musica antiqua und clemencic consort Vienna 1961-1975, certified graduate of college for international trade (world trade) 1963, employed in industry and business administration etc. 1964-1993, part-time choir director and musician since 1972, self-employed specialized music tradesman, studied history of fine arts in Vienna 2000-2005, performer in insert.eins/eskapade.
Peter Fenz, born in 1938, elementary school, secondary modern school, apprenticeship, company employee for 40 years, cloakroom attendant at Theater an der Wien, „after seven years of retirement I was discovered as an extra by Miss Doris Uhlich“, performer in insert.eins/eskapade.
Pauline Haslinger, nickname „Hasi“, born in Texing in 1929, raised at her grand parents´ working farm, school for agricultural and domestic economy, married 1953, employed at the federal office for food research, retired 1989, husband died when she was forty-two years old, three children, eight grand-children, one great grand-child, performer in insert.eins/eskapade.
Christa Himmel-Schwarzmüller, stagename „Christal“, born in Gmünd / Waldviertel 1947, Graphic Designer education at the Higher Technical School in Linz, working in the advertising industry for twenty-seven years, runs own gallery, domestic and international exhibitions, creative projects with children, young people and adults also in cooperation with artist associations such as the Forum Stadtpark, development of the seminar series living colors, trained seminar supervisor in skill enhancement for adults, integrative Yoga and meditation, school of energy mastery (USA), own center 1997-2000, active trainer for meditation and energy mastery, artist recent project Project Chair-Design, restoration of old chairs with each chair receiving a completely new individual design (recycling art).
Frédéric Nedoma-Ohnhäuser, born in Vienna in 1921 as Friedrich Johann Viktor Nedoma, business school, certified management accountant, data processing tradesman, artistic education with certificate of the Adult Education Center for Fine Arts Lazarettgasse (adult education), exhibitions: Lazarettgasse, University of Vienna, WUK, Marktgasse, acrylic painting The Last Potter for the published dissertation of Gerda König, performer in insert.eins/eskapade.
Susanna Peterka, born in Vienna in 1948 as the second daughter of the coffee house owners Josef and Anna Kalla, office clerk since 1964, public service since 1980, participation anatomie sade/wittgenstein (theatercombinat) 2002/2003 and belagerung bartleby 2004 im hau 1 (director: Claudia Bosse), performer in insert.eins/eskapade.
Ilse Urbanek, born in Waidhofen / Thaya in 1935, Doctor of Philosophy, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, after working as a design draughtsman, employed high-school teacher and school librarian for twenty-eight years, author of and performer in Frauen führen sich auf (transl.: Women showing off, a feminist project of the University of Vienna), participation in anatomie sade/wittgenstein and Die Perser (theatercombinat) 2002/2003 and 2006, perfomer in insert.eins/eskapade.
Werner Vockenhuber, born in Vienna in 1943, education: toolmaker 1958-1962, higher technical school for machine building at the TGM in Vienna 1962-1966 (evening school), high school in Vienna 1968-1972 / evening school, course of studies for advertisement and sales 1974-1976, University of Economics Vienna / evening school, various seminars (courses) / personnel management, mediator, career: toolmaker 1962-1964, technical tradesman 1964-1968, product manager 1969-1976, sales manager / proxy 1976-1983, general manager – German enterprise 1984-2005, retired since 01/07/2005, playing the piano, tendency towards theatre, psychology, sports, performer in insert.eins/eskapade.