The last time I visited a theaterpiece by the Signa collective I was wowed for several days. It was at Ballhaus Ost were the whole theater was transformed into a mental ward. I was a patient there for a whole day and I will never forget the experience. Now the Danish theater group is back in town and ready to strike again with a really provocative matter. At Club Inferno you will become part of a sick parallel universe, where most of its “inhabitants” are stuck and rarely ever take a step outdoors. Read the whole synopsis and more information about the play after the jump.
The Club Inferno was established by Beatrice Godeux ten years ago as a luxury class casino in Berlin’s borough Wedding in the style of a glamorous Las Vegas venue. After his adored mother Beatrice died, her son Herbert has turned it into a place where guests and staff regularly gather to play games revolving around the thin line between life and death. Proceeding from Dante’s topology of hell, they are confronted with their own lifes, and their desires and anxieties, in a world in which bad deeds can no longer be washed away by a purifying bath, because there is no divine (or natural) power to forgive our sins. Today the club has mutated into a sick parallel universe, where most of its “inhabitants” are stuck and rarely ever take a step outdoors. Rather, they are trapped in Dante’s circles of hell, living in limbo and sharing a collective psychosis with no connection to real life. Similar to Dante’s imaginary guide Vergil, Herbert Godeux invites us on a journey beyond the grave, urging us to abandon all hope and cross the river of Acheron.
A ticket for the date you would like to visit Club Inferno DOES NOT let you enter Club Inferno directly. First, each ticket holder has to go in person to the Pavilion at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, where she or he will receive a personal invitiation to the Club. PLEASE NOTE: Only this personal invitation will allow you to enter Club Inferno on the day you have booked. We kindly ask you to plan your visit to the Pavilion in due time before the day of your visit to Club Inferno. It is not necessary to book your visit to the Pavilion in advance and you may choose when to go (see below for opening hours of the Pavilion). Depending on how many visitors are present you should plan on spending approximately 15 minutes at the Pavilion.
For visitors only staying in Berlin for a short time: ONLY on the following dates it is possible to visit the Pavilion in the afternoon and Club Inferno in the evening of the same day: March 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd & 23rd and April 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st.
8th to 24th of March and 9th to 21st of April 2013 (all days except Mondays)
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz