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For the summer time, composer Martin Lingnau and writer Heiko Wohlgemuth have give you a brand new present for the Schmidt Theater: “Oberaffengeil” brings the eighties and nineties to life in trend, media, music and dance.

The Eighties had been a difficult time by way of trend. Today, the hairstyles, make-up and garments of the western world of these days look like a satire not solely on the style of the Sixties and Seventies, but additionally on trend basically. Basically, the Eighties had been the flashy decade and ABBA had been finally the flashier Beatles. Finally, fuelled by trend and music within the west, the need for freedom additionally grew within the east, which led to a peaceable revolution that culminated in German reunification.

From mullet to aspect flip

That was nice, in fact – for most individuals, as most individuals thought on the time – and issues continued fairly amusingly within the nineties. This is demonstrated by the event of mainstream hairstyles from mullets to aspect flips. From the attitude of historians, the chancellorship of Helmut Kohl (CDU) may be seen as the principle hyperlink between the 20 years, along with crepe hairstyles. From 1982 to 1998, he did all the pieces proper that wasn't solely fallacious. So there are a lot of good causes to be nostalgic concerning the eighties and nineties. That's what occurred not too long ago to 2 artistic individuals on the Schmidt Theater on Spielbudenplatz, which opened in 1988 at 8:00 p.m. on August eighth, fittingly for the eighties. There on the time was Schmidt co-founder Corny Littmann.

Now Littmann, along with Heiko Wohlgemuth (textual content), Martin Lingnau (music) and director Carolin Spieß, introduced the plans for a 3rd main hyperlink between the 20 years, alongside Krepp and Kohl: the present “Oberaffengeil” (the extent to which the youth-speak expression of the eighties goes again to the seventies movie sequence “Planet of the Apes” is disputed in linguistic analysis). It is taken into account confirmed: It was a typical intensification of the expression “affengeil” that prevailed over variants corresponding to “hyperaffengeil” and “affentittengeil”. The Duden dictionary describes using “affengeil” as “slangy”. A nine-person ensemble carried out a disco dance that appeared typical of the time to the catchy title music written by Lingnau and a medley of works by the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys (nineties). Both numbers made you need extra. And triggered a pleasing shudder.

Corny Littmann: “That would be unthinkable today.”

The new present shall be operating from June twenty seventh on the Schmidt Theater, the place it can have its world premiere. If you don't really feel prefer it, you may in fact knit your self a bicycle – or deliver knitting into the corridor. That wouldn’t solely be a pleasant nostalgic lecture corridor expertise, but additionally a reminder of the crocheting Marlene Jaschke, recognized from the early Schmidt midnight present.

Corny Littmann laconically remarks concerning the dancing actors: “It's really sweaty, I admire it. The actors were only just born in the 1980s…” and describes in an interview with WELT what he feels is the most important distinction between then and now: “What strikes me today is the incredible speed of life. If you look at our TV shows from the 1980s: we took our time, it's unimaginable. Sometimes it went on until four in the morning. Everyone in the hall was drunk, everyone on the stage was drunk. That would be unthinkable today. Today it's quick, quick, quick, quick, quick.”

Mit Bravo-Foto-Love-Story stay

But it’s not simply the tempo that has picked up, significantly within the space of ​​fragmented public communication: “If you look at the scandals surrounding AfD politicians like Krah: In the 1980s, the party would have been out of the picture, no one would have voted for them anymore. Today, it is suffering losses of 0.3 percent. Unimaginable.” The new music present on the Schmidt Theater is by no means within the path of Schlagermove, says Littmann musically. The artistic workforce has at the moment diminished the choice to 75 songs and reserves the fitting to make additional cuts. The title music is the one new piece that Martin Lingnau has composed. The variety of costumes is now 160, based mostly on 280 costume concepts. “Changing clothes not only takes time, it is also exhausting,” notes director Spieß.

In addition to pop live performance moments, there shall be loads of music and dance numbers, from sport present mash-ups to Bravo photograph love tales stay, choreographed by Bart de Clercq. “The deeper we immersed ourselves in the era, the more awesome it became,” mentioned Heiko Wohlgemuth fortunately. “By the way, I was never allowed to say “superior” as a child.”

Schmidt Theater: “Oberaffengeil”, from June 27