On the 70th, the Augsburger Puppenkiste squeezes a monumental Wagner movement in two hours. With pomp and celebrities.
Legendary are the puppets of the Augsburger Puppenkiste. Kasperl, Jim Knopf and the Urmel have charmed visitors, television and film audiences for generations. But now there's Siegfried instead of Jim Knopf, a Valkyrie instead of Urmel.
Great drama on a small stage
Crushing, meaningful, pathetic: Wagner's monumental opera cycle was designed for size from the start. 16 hours, scattered by four operas, take this great work of Wagner.
The new Augsburger Puppenkiste shows that this can also be done in small pieces: 32 puppets populate the "ring" of puppets, led by seven puppeteers.
In 17 simple but colorful images, tell the dramatic story of love, power and family conflicts.
Almost every figure in the Ring has dirt in one form or another: above all, Alberic, the Nibelung, who gets the rolling stone stealing the gold from the Rhine's daughters. From this he can forge a powerful ring.
Make bulky easy
In Augsburg, "Ring" is not sung, but spoken. The spoken roles are sometimes prominent: with medical drummer Bela B. as Riese Fafner or the satirist Oliver Kalkofe as Nibelung Mime.
There is a modern tone. Director Florian Moch radically shortened Wagner's opulent and voluminous text and graced it with quotations from Shakespeare, Brecht, and Goethe. Often the lyrics seem wonderfully ironic.
The "Ring" is also tempered musically. Film composer Enjott Schneider, who has worked in music, incorporates rock and electronic sounds.
The most important reasons for Wagner can not be lacking in the Augsburger Puppenkiste. Rheingold's motif, for example, the ride of the Valkyrie horn motif or Siegfried.
But music remains a means of accompanying individual scenes, some of which are shown as individual snapshots of a family album over three generations. Not all figures can develop completely in the short time.
«Ring» with double bottom
However, the staging is exciting and fun from start to finish. Since it does not bother that individual values are missing.
A single Valkyrie strikes perfectly in Augsburg. Is that! Brünnhilde is in the Puppenbühne, a warm sweetheart with a smoky voice. Not only does it have a hint of cabaret.
The Puppenkiste of Augsburger
70 years ago, the wooden doors of the Augsburger Puppenkiste opened for the first time. On February 26, 1948, the founder of Puppenkiste Walther Oehmichen performs in Augsburg at his improvised theater "The Puss in Boots".
Kasperl, Jim Knopf, Urmel and Sams – today the Augsburger Puppenkiste is known, whether it be television, cinema or even puppet theater.
With the "Ring", the Augsburger Puppenkiste continues the series of opera versions, more recently "The Little Magic Flute", "The Little Rapture" and "Don Giovanni" by Mozart.
Wotan is a latent megalomaniac self-promoter who cares more about his ego than about content. And Siegfried, the supposedly radiant hero, appears like a clown and naive.
But the staging is not about playing with Wagner. They say that Wagner is a fan of puppet theater.
Presumably, this "ring" would have pleased him like a puppet theater. And that concludes the circle. Respectively the ring.