as part of PLAY FULL

23.02. – 28.02.2023

PLAY FULL is all about performative practices and exploratory approaches in theatre aimed at a young audience. During the compact festival, children, youths, artists, and pedagogues meet. The second edition focusses entirely on ghosts.

Old Masters


Performance Young FFT Theatre & Performance

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Let’s go! This is life! This is theatre! And this is Kim’s, Klöb’s, and Mauro’s story. Those three are a clique, and their specialty lies in using items in different ways than expected. That is their thing! Then, Jonathan, Klöb’s cousin, pays them a visit. Jonathan finds their arrangements truly astounding. And he thinks that all the things he does himself are worthless. “But do go on, Jonathan, do it… do your own thing!” Swiss collective Old Masters has developed a piece for a young audience for the first time in Das Haus meines Geistes. They deploy a panorama made of images, objects, and visions, thus offering the audience a house for their spirits. This may be a haven, but also a support space for children: for their personal ideas, their creativity, and their ability to invent their own worlds.


Concept, text, choreography, and staging: Old Masters. Cast: Sarah André, Marius Schaffter, Jérôme Stünzi and Sofia Teillet. Lighting design: Joana Oliveira. Music: Nicholas Stücklin. Text (montage): Marius Schaffter. Stage, costumes: Jérôme Stünzi, Sarah André. Stage and costume assistance: Antonie Oberson. Administration: Laure Chapel (Pâquis production). Tour planning: Tristan Barani.

Old Masters is a collective consisting of Marius Schaffter (performer and geographer), Jérôme Stünzi (set decorator and artist) and Sarah André (author, artist, and set decorator, aka André André). They have been focusing on a wide variety of discourses since 2014, rearranging them – sometimes banally, sometimes expertly, sometimes scientifically, sometimes politically, artistically, or in everyday terms. By conceiving theatrical depiction as an exclusively malleable, plastic work, they create universes with a strong, exceptional, and radical aesthetic. Their preferred means to employ are absurdity, sincerity, benevolence, irony, beauty, sadness, and tenderness. Old Masters would like to offer us an opportunity for a collective experience of what freedom could be today: A freedom that is changing, constantly searching for itself.


Coproduction: Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Geneva et Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne. Supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Cultural Foundation, Organe genevois de répartition de la Loterie romande and as part of “Take-off: Junger Tanz“ by the Cultural Department of the State Capital of Düsseldorf as well as by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. “Take-off: Junger Tanz” is a cooperation between Düsseldorf cultural, educational, and social institutions under the overall direction of tanzhaus nrw.