VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin
Roee Rosen:
Kafka for Kids, with Hani Furstenberg
14.05.
Grüner Salon

Performance
In englischer Sprache

Artist, writer, and filmmaker Roee Rosen’s presents the Berlin premiere of his ongoing project Kafka for Kids, which begins from the humourous attempt to make Franz Kafka’s disturbing and multi-layered stories accessible for toddlers. At the Grüner Salon, Rosen takes this project as a starting point for a larger discussion on what are appropriate materials and behaviours for children, problematizing the idea of childhood and naivete as a privileged perspective on life. In his characteristic way he applies dark humor and subconscious urges to his research materials, resulting in an evening that is both silly, inappropriate and yet politically urgent.

Rosen starts by presenting production materials from his current, brutally surreal series Kafka for Kids, combining elements from comic-drama fiction, documentary, musical, and including animations based on the artist’s drawings. The program then moves to consider childhood from a wholly other perspective: the troubling intricacies of how the Israeli military law defines childhood in the occupied Palestinian territories. Hani Furstenberg, an accomplished actress and long-time collaborator of Rosen’s, appears as a fictitious legal scholar, offering a strangely eroticized and logically opaque explanation of the Kafkaesque legal reality of the occupation. To conclude, Furstenberg performs a live, extraordinarily un-politically correct stand-up routine.

Roee Rosen’s work in film, drawing, writing, and performance proposes alternative worlds related to ours, but separated by farce, tragedy, and near-truths. He often imagines historical figures or attaches unsubstantiated histories to existing ones; he weaves wishful and humorous twists into current events, bringing history or politics to their illogical extremes. He has explored such figures as the Marquis de Sade, Georges Bataille, Vladimir Putin, Franz Kafka, and Eva Braun; but might interweave their stories with popular media, political propaganda, or children’s fairy tales. His constant probing of the appropriate and inappropriate - in family, national narratives, culture and politics - is a source of both searing critique and hilarious release.

Hani Furstenberg is an actor known for her international appearances onstage and onscreen. Her early career was spent in Israel, where she starred in TV series and award-winning films such as “Yossi and Jagger” and “Campfire” and was a regular cast member in Tel Aviv’s The Cameri theater. Since 2010, she has been based in NYC and has starred in internationally acclaimed films such as “The Loneliest Planet” and “The Golem,” among others.

Image: Roee Rosen, Kafka For Kids (performance at Steirischer Herbst), 2018, courtesy Liz Eve

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