The abysses and shallows of an artist's soul in Patrick Süskind's virtuoso masterpiece
A lonely man drinks, because of the loss of fluids, and sums up - about his profession as an orchestral musician, about the vocation to music, about the nature of art and about love.
The bitter, self-centered complainer hates his instrument because he believes it has made him a loser, but he can't get away from it either, because he needs it to feel like an artist - A hopeless situation.
He tells anecdotes from the classical music business, makes daring excursions into music history, goes from the ridiculous to the sublime and back again. Yet his question of fate remains unanswered: what if, for once, he were to give free rein to his passion and finally attract the attention of his secretly adored singer Sarah? When she is there, he plays especially beautifully - as far as that is possible on his instrument - but she does not notice. On the evening of a concert, he wants to change his life.
But one feeling is seemingly more powerful than anything else - the love-hate relationship with his instrument - the double bass - whose merciless presence is the tragicomedy of his life.
Experience the abysses and shallows of an artist's soul in Patrick Süskind's virtuoso masterpiece!
Director: Oliver Trautwein
set design: Oliver Trautwein, Andreas Zimmerling
it plays: Felix Neander
Performance rights: Diogenes Verlag
Length: approx. 70min (without intermission)