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Variations on the Kraepelin Model

Davide Carnevali

We have all probably been in a situation where someone tells a story without remembering that they have already told it a dozen times. Memory with its tricks can place us into any sort of situation, sometimes even a very absurd or a funny one. By the way, this can happen to anyone, no matter the age. Is a person’s life – the life story of a person – defined by what it actually was, what he remembers or how he remembers it? Our memory remembers things selectively, sometimes creates illogical connections and recalls imaginary events as real.

The hero of our story is an old man who has lived a long life. He was the contemporary of our great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers. His memory is fading; recollections mix with the imaginary, occasionally taking him to places where he has never been. That which disappears in turn affects next connections and fantasies. Yet, not everything is completely mixed up. He does remember some things. Besides, is it really important in which order events, fragments and memories are remembered? The most important thing is that these would make up a complete story. A story of one person.

The author of the play has also made a few suggestions. Fragments that make up the text do not necessarily need to be recited in the order that they are written down. The plot can be messed up. Some of the scenes may overlap or be performed at the same time. Some things may even be cut. Scenes may be joined together, one scene can be interrupted by the arrival of another or some scenes may be randomly repeated. Or they can be performed, once, twice, three times, infinitely, in the form of these subtle variations that we call life.
At times we have followed these suggestions.

“It doesn’t feel like there’s a war going on. But yet the war has left its mark here as well. The restaurant has two stories. The pillars and the walls of the first one are covered by ivy. Today is her birthday. She is wearing the floral dress I gave her that night. There are red flowers on it. We are young, very young, her and I.”
Hendrik Toompere jr jr

The author of the play, Davide Carnevali (born in Milan in 1981, currently living and working in Berlin), is an Italian theatre critic and editor. The play premiered at Stückemarkt festival in Berlin in 2009.

Directed by Hendrik Toompere jr jr
Design by Laura Pählapuu (guest)
Translated by Dagmar Raudam
Cast: Lembit Ulfsak, Raimo Pass, Lauri Kaldoja (guest appearance)

Dates Start time Kirjeldus Stage