- Artistic Team and Cast
Makers and actors Herman Helle, Arlène Hoornweg, Pauline Kalker
Sound/foley artist Ruud van der Pluijm
Technicians Joris Oosterhout, Edwin van Steenbergen, Aram Visser
Production manager Tineke Verheij
Photos Herman Helle, Leo van Velzen
Poster design Ralph Prins, Sibe Kokke
Thanks to Fien Benninga-Warendorf, Leny Boeken-Velleman, Hans and Noëmie Beckman, who were willing to share their memories about the camps with us.
The theatre company Hotel Modern creates plays that combine puppetry, scale model art, live animation film, theatre, visual art, mime and music. The group’s repertoire includes City Now, The Great War and Kamp, in all of which entire miniature worlds are brought to life on stage. Hotel Modern performs their plays all over the world, in cities such as Tokyo, Paris, London, Rome, Moscow, Cairo, Hong Kong, Adelaide, Los Angeles and New York.
A miniature model of the Auschwitz concentration camp complex fills the entire stage. Barracks, railroad tracks, thousands of finger-sized figurines and that gate auguring horror with its inscription »Arbeit macht frei«. In 2005 Hotel Modern, the Rotterdam-based theatre and performance collective known for its live animation films, developed this piece, which can now be seen in Vienna for the first time. They attempt to make the unimaginable imaginable: one of the biggest mass murders in history, committed in a city built especially for this purpose. The three performers – Pauline Kalker, Arlène Hoornweg and Herman Helle – enter the set like larger-than-life war reporters. They move the figurines and film the everyday events of horror with micro-cameras. The live footage is projected onto a large screen without words. At the posthumous memorial service for Pauline Kalker’s grandfather, who was murdered in Auschwitz, we become witnesses to the processes and mechanisms of this factory of systematic torture and murder.