Of the Utopian Attempt to Produce Change Together
A Precarious Singspiel by Beate Engl, Leonie Felle and Franka Kaßner
Live Performance / approx. 50 min
Sculptures, instruments, costumes, songs and videos
The premiere of the Singspiel took place in spring 2019 in the Kunstbau / Lenbachhaus.
The artists Beate Engl, Leonie Felle, and Franka Kaßner star in the roles of Speaker, Poupée, and Trickster, who live in the system PREKÄROTOPIA between dance number and wrecking ball. The play’s title blends the “precariat” and “utopia” in a kind of ambiguous figure— depending on one’s angle of view, it is an emblem of possibility or utter impossibility.
Dramaturgically and musically, too, the performance is a roller coaster of contrasts and sudden shifts: now trapped in individualistic and misanthropic isolation, now filled with euphoria by their shared struggle against the existing conditions, the characters are neither static nor prototypical, developing over the course of the play, approaching, and ultimately failing to achieve, mutual understanding.
Altogether twelve songs with lyrics and music by the artists—including a breathy chanson, impassioned agitation, and a bawled punk balla —outline an aesthetic of politicalideological difference and raise questions concerning the form and impact of joint political action. With a nod to Bertolt Brecht’s definition of the “Beggar’s Opera” as a play for rather than about beggars, PREKÄROTOPIA is proposed not as a diagnosis of contemporary society but as a vehicle of communication.
Parallel to the exhibition in the Lenbachhaus / Kunstbau, 2019 an LP will be released by the Munich label GUTFEELING RECORDS.
The production of the LP was funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Munich.
LP 12 “PREKÄROTOPIA
limited edition: 500 pieces
180g vinyl, gatefold with lyrics, poster, precarious manifesto, postcard
Including mp3 downloadcode