Premiere – March 8th, 2013
A hotel room, at the centre of which sits a «king size» bed, surrounded by blue panelling and floral upholstery – a truly bourgeois, vaudevillian decor. In the intimacy of this room, a man and a woman – accompanied by an older woman – strike up an eclectic musical repertoire, ranging from traditional songs and classical works to «pop music». According to the pieces they are performing, they outline a few steps of ballroom dance, thus bestowing upon their actions a certain comical dimension. This irresistible zaniness to which Christoph Marthaler invites us is enlivened by the eccentric gestures of the actors.
The desirable peaceful entente of individuals with different personalities is here evoked; however, rather than showing harmonious interactions, it evidences the loneliness, the grotesque conventions and the tragic daily lives of human beings. With «King Size», Marthaler gives music the lead, thus creating a whimsical show full of tenderness and melancholy.
Director Christoph Marthaler
Musical direction Bendix Dethleffsen
Set design Duri Bischoff
Costumes Sarah Schittek
Dramaturgy Malte Ubenauf
Lighting Heide Voegelin Lights
Stage manager Peter Affentranger
Lighting manager Jean-Luc Mutrux
Dresser and props Cornelia Peter
Tour manager Anne-Christine Liske
Cast: Tora Augestad, Bendix Dethleffsen, Michael Von Der Heide, Nikola Weisse