Momo

© Eike Walkenhorst

A visual poem based on the novel by Michael Ende
Staging: Alexander Giesche

Momo listens. Her friends come to the ruins of an old theatre to tell her stories. Due to her gift for listening, Momo becomes a threat to an entire system of timesaving, with which the ghostly “Men in Grey” mean to control the population. Alexander Giesche and his team turn the fantasy novel into an urban landscape and atmospheric meditation on what happens when time becomes a scarce commodity or gift that has to be continually reimagined. The stage becomes a fictional space of peaceful retreat. It abounds with time capsules that can prolong a moment into an eternity or contract it into the blink of an eye.

After Man in the Holocene and AFTERHOUR, Momo is the third work to find Alexander Giesche addressing the end of things. In the uncertain hope that another end of the world is indeed possible.

Staging
Alexander Giesche
Stage design
Alexander Giesche / Anka Bernstetter
Costume design
Felix Siwiński
Composition
Ludwig Abraham
Video
Luis August Krawen
Lighting
Christoph Kunz
Animation
Luis August Krawen
Robotics
Max Kriegleder
Artistic head of production
Sandra Schudel
Dramaturgy
Joshua Wicke
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Audience Development
Mathis Neuhaus
Theatre Pedagogy
Manuela Runge
Touring & International Relations
Sonja Hildebrandt
Production Assistance
Maja Renn / Sarah-Maria Hemmerling
Stage design assistance
Daniel Felgendreher
Costume design assistance
Mona Eglsoer
Composition/ Sound design assistance
Konrad Wehrmeister
Production intern
Sarah-Maria Hemmerling
Costume design intern
Thea Mühl
Inspection
Michael Durrer
Soufflage
Rita von Horváth
Surtitle Translation
Sinikka Weber
Surtitle Setting
PANTHEA
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  • Premiere: 11. February 2022, Schiffbau-Halle
  • 2h40, no interval
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 minutes before the performance on 3.3., 8.3., 9.3. In addition, all audio introductions can be found online on our Soundcloud account.

    For people with physical disabilities, beanbags will be provided. These can be requested from the theatre box office before the performance via theaterkasse@schauspielhaus.ch or +41 258 77 77.

Image gallery & Videos

Bits on Pieces
More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.

Momo hört zu: In die Ruine eines alten Theaters kommen ihre Freund*innen, um ihr Geschichten zu erzählen. Durch die Gabe des Zuhörens wird Momo zur Gefahr für ein ganzes System der Zeitersparnis, mit dem geisterhafte «Graue Herren» die Menschen kontrollieren wollen. Der Kulturtheoretiker Lukas Stolz hat sich Momo in der Inszenierung von Alexander Giesche angeschaut und darüber einen Text geschrieben, der verschiedene Fragen der Zeitlichkeit behandelt, das Abhängen als Form des Protests erkennt und das Beschwören einer besseren Zukunft als ausgehöhlte politische Strategie entlarvt. 

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Directors Talk:
Alexander Giesche
and Suna Gürler

With the series Directors Talk you can bring our in-house directors Alexander Giesche, Suna Gürler, Trajal Harrell, Yana Ross, Christopher Rüping, Nicolas Stemann, Wu Tsang, and co-artistic director Benjamin von Blomberg along with you into the productions of the 2021/22 season in eight conversations. During the second lockdown they met on Zoom to talk about here, now, and tomorrow, mainly in pairs and once round-robin. The conversations are part of the season preview, which presents the 2021/2022 season and is available now in all our venues, as well as free to order online.

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Directors Talk:
Christopher Rüping and
Alexander Giesche

With the series Directors Talk you can bring our in-house directors Alexander Giesche, Suna Gürler, Trajal Harrell, Yana Ross, Christopher Rüping, Nicolas Stemann, Wu Tsang, and co-artistic director Benjamin von Blomberg along with you into the productions of the 2021/22 season in eight conversations. During the second lockdown they met on Zoom to talk about here, now, and tomorrow, mainly in pairs and once round-robin. The conversations are part of the season preview, which presents the 2021/2022 season and is available now in all our venues, as well as free to order online.

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The 8 chatting.