Grotest Maru (Germany)</font>
In 1996, the director and costume and stage designer Ursula Maria Berzborn founded Grotest Maru at Kunsthause Kule in Berlin, where the company has been based till today. The Arthouse Kule grew out of the squatting movements in the early 90ies in Berlin. After the fall of The Berlin Wall, a number of artists of various disciplines developed a new project of combining art, theatre and life. Arthouse Kule is a place offering apartments and ateliers, stages for theatre and action and a facade gallery in order to create an utopian space and freedom for their interdisciplinary artistic work. Grotest Maru works in between dance and theatre and integrates physical and visual theatre, street and object theatre. Installation, land art and fine art are sources of inspiration. Dramatic examples and teachers are to be found in medieval celebration of carnival and fairs, or in the expressive contemporary dance of the 1920es, or Grotowski"s poor theatre, with Tadeusz Kantor, ODIN Teatret, Bread & Puppet and also in the Japanese Butoh dance with its strong visual language and contemporary life art. Grotest Maru is searching for forms of communication, which cross cultural borders, either sensuously lavish either ascetically minimized The members and guest performers of Grotest Maru are international and beyond the background of cultural diversity they create universal dramatic images, to be understood worldwide, mostly without any words."Under the surface of daily movements and actions we approach the abyss of human existence searching for images of now and the poetry in between" - they speak about their work.
<font color="#D2CFA8">"Parada Narrnia"</font>
Artistic director: Ursula Maria Berzborn (Germany)
General assistant: Martin Scheer (Germany)
Author: Ursula Maria Berzborn and the Cie Grotest Maru
Direction: Ursula Maria Berzbon and the Cie Grotest Maru
Set design: Ursula Maria Berzborn and the Cie Grotest Maru
Costumes: Ursula Maria Berzborn
Actors: Ursula Maria Berzborn (Germany), Ingo Mittelstaedt (Germany), Ulrich Reinhardt (Germany), Doris Weidmann (Switzerland), David Maj (Czech Republik), Eleonora Aira (Argentina), Paulina Almeida (Portugal), Rodrigo Malvar (Portugal), Andreas Kermann (Germany)
Year of creation: 1999
Duration: ca. 35 minutes
We go to the end of the world to come back again
The big white bird, the magic gardener, the sad prince and other members of the court of the forgotten queen are travellers from a different world, a fairy world, and they visit us to present stories and images from their world which seems to be lost. Visually impressive stilt characters and quick moving ground actors communicate with the audience and will include the people in their play. Grotest Maru loves to develop new characters and improvisations corresponding to the location and environment they are invited. Parada Narrnia can be performed by day and by night."Parada Narrnia" has successfully been touring all over world (Umbertide in Italy, Oerol Festival in Terschelling, Microsunamis Festival Arizona in USA, in Sarajewo, Tollwood Festival in Munich, BRAMS Festival Belgrade and International Festival of travelling Theatre Radebeul.