SUPPLY AND DEMAND (2006)

Photo: Thomas Petri

Joseph and Ruby collect fantasies. They are unemployed, and after all they must pass the time somehow. Every day they invent an everyday that makes life bearable. This is by no means boring, they have plenty of imagination. The German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig explores what happens when two people loose their jobs in the modern world where work equals identity. 

Joseph pairs all sorts of animals, for instance. Ruby lists the many ways you can die. Together they list the names of lipsticks. Which is not without poetic qualities. Their world is fictitious and yet highly recognisable. It resembles commercials we are familiar with it from movies and television. They also venture out into society. Or rather: They go to the mall, not to buy anything, but in order to be present in the world and belong to it, Ruby says. 

Schimmelpfennig's play is not social realism, but SUPPLY AND DEMAND truly concerns our reality–and all the fiction it includes. The two characters are not presented as naive; on the contrary they are quite accurate in their interpretation of the situation they find themselves in. They realize how things are and work hard to survive using their daydreams.

Schimmelpfennig is often described as the poet among the contemporary German playwrights. He focuses on text rather than on plot. This leaves room for the scenographer, and Jacob Schokking's visual and video-based method is perfect for Schimmelpfennig. The performative space presents itself as an installation that creates different spaces for Ruby's and Joseph's memories, dreams and projects by way of light, video and electro-acoustics. A musical performance that invites reflection.

CREDITS

Text: Roland Schimmelpfennig
Translation: Hans Ægidius
Direction/Set design: Jacob F. Schokking
Sound: Gert Sørensen
Video and graphics: Jakob Thorbek
Light design and technical coordinator: Peter Plesner

Cast:
Ruby: Tammi Øst
Joseph: Thomas Mørk

Producer: Traudi Chr. Palsbøll
Produced by Holland House