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  • 11/2010
  • 12/2010
  • 3/2011
  • 5/2011
  • 8/2011
Theater Zeebelt, Den Haag Theater De Nwe Vorst, Tilburg Theater De Melkweg, Amsterdam Theater Frascati, Amsterdam Dock11, Berlin

Family Matters

Concept: Jochen Stechmann
Performance: Jochen Stechmann, Margrit Stechmann
Live Voice Over: Birgit Wieger
Light Design: Dennis van Paassen
Advice: Titus Muizelaar
Foto: Thomas Lenden
A DasArts Final Project produced by Zeebelt Theatre The Hague

"A reflection on the old and the new, an inter-generational dialogue with ghosts of the past. Without the slightest hint of sarcasm"
Boris Gerrets
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This semi-autobiographical performance reflects upon a set of symbolic objects representing both collective and personal history. A semidocumentary attempt to negotiate an honest position between confrontation of the past and a final reconciliation with it, using dance, song and drama to move towards the future.

Nietzsche, Nico, Nirvana, identity, dead deer, terrorists, fresh fruit and grandfather's glass eye...these are the elements of Family Matters. In his new piece theatre-maker Jochen Stechmann – joined live by his mother, Margrit – takes a personal and intimate look at the way our family histories shape our present experiences. How can we deal with our emotional heritage? How does it affect our daily life?
What does it mean to be German nowadays? Can we ever outlive the sins of our fathers? These are difficult and delicate questions, especially when it turns out that Jochen’s grandparents seem to fit the stereotypes of Third Reich sympathizers.