'BAUPROBE BEETHOVEN' Theatrical site inspection at Beethovenhalle
‘Bauprobe Beethoven’ (Beethoven – a scenographic mock-up) places the commemoration of Beethoven in a larger context. Post-war German history is written into the building itself – a history of rebirth, glory and affluence, but also of neglect, strife and loss of meaning.
Rimini Protokoll’s trademark is their use of amateur actors, so-called ‘experts in everyday life’. Their current project likewise involves people whose work and lives are closely connected with Beethoven Hall. ‘Bauprobe Beethoven’ thus breathes life into the Hall – prematurely – and perhaps addresses Beethoven as a ‘permanent construction site’, a figure constantly slipping out of our grasp.