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HELENA WALDMANN

LUCKY JOHNNY - A BOAT MOVIE

SPACE AND DIRECTIONHELENA WALDMANN
BODYFRIEDER BACHMANN
VOICEMECHTHILD GROßMANN
MUSICTRICKY CRIS & SYNCROMATIC DUBSTERS
LIGHT DESIGNHERBERT CYBULSKA
DRAMATURGYSUSANNE WINNACKER
COSTUMEGESINE SCHUCHHARDT
PREMIEREMAY 15, 1998 KüNSTLERHAUS MOUSONTURM FRANKFURT/M.

In Bert Brecht's short piece on gambling, the eponymous hero Johnny plays poker
on an ocean liner, winning a fortune but losing his life. Arranged like a poker game
with 52 cards, Glücksjohnny is based on the concept of the bluff. The cards are
being constantly reshuffled on the two-dimensional, multi-layered screen - with
video projections, light and bodies, voices and music. Luck hangs on the two legs of
the dancer, Pina Bausch protagonist Mechthild Großmann, who lends her voice
while eyes wander on the rocking deck. Here, film and dance are almost
indistinguishable as befits the story's ambiguity.

glücksjohnny is a coproduction of
Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, Volos Music Theatre Festival,
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt,
in collaboration with Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaften der Universität Frankfurt,
supported by inter artes Essen, Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
Naspa-Stiftung Initiative und Leistung, AV-Kommunikation Frankfurt, Irrlicht Bühnenbeleuchtung Oberursel, Phase Fünf 'Das Werk'.

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