Tamagotchi Life Support, 2017 Installation in Natural History Museum Arad
Based on themes from the fairy tale »Das kalte Herz« (»The Cold Heart«) by Wilhelm Hauff
With the piece »Aktion Sorgenkind«, based on themes from the fairy tale »The Cold Heart« by Wilhelm Hauff, Bernhard Dechant would like to show a modern Peter Munk: surrounded and infused with envy, from the jealousy and resentment of a society whose values only point toward the center or the periphery. Peter’s dearest desire is to become a part of this society, in the hope that in its center, he would no longer have to suffer. With »Aktion Sorgenkind«, Dechant attempts to show why people exchange their living, beating hearts for cold, stony ones. The piece, however, also shows an attempt to find a way out. Out of the center, but not to the periphery – the search for an opportunity of living in a state of happiness.
Actors: Ursula Renneke, Ines Hartung and a television
Stage and costume design: Gwendolin Bahr
Music: Tommy Neuwirth
Script and direction: Bernhard Dechant
In cooperation with the Theaterhaus Jena.
Bernhard Dechant (*1976 in Vienna/Austria) studied psychology from 1997 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2003 acting at the Franz Schubert Seminar in Vienna. He works as an actor and director. From 2004 to 2008 Dechant was part of the ensemble of the Theaterhaus in Jena/Germany. Recent projects (selection): »Mein bester Freund Klaus« [My best friend Klaus], reading by and with Klaus Kinski, Vienna and Jena 2008; »Don Quichotte«, director, Jena, Dresden, Berlin/Germany, 2007. In 2008 he won the audience award of the 100° Festival in Berlin. Bernhard Dechant is a Solitude fellow in 2009/2010.