Berlin, Tempelhofer Feld | Perpetuum
Perpetual motion is a dream for cranks. But haven't we all long since fallen prey to "perpetual thinking"? The wheel turns higher, faster and ever further - more money, more technology, more sex, more power.
300 years ago - on the eve of industrialisation - a remarkable experiment took place in the castle of the Landgrave of Hesse: The inventor Johann Bessler had set up a "perpetual wheel" under scientific supervision in a chamber of the castle. Once started, it ran for more than six weeks at a stretch without having to be turned on again.
At six venues, old and new stories of the peretuum mobile intertwine. The futurist Paul Scheerbart visualizes his “world of the perpeh” onto facades by means of a crazy projection apparatus. A lecture performance combines a virtuoso game of light and shadow, conjuring up the madness of a machine that is spinning ever faster and faster. In an impressive experiment, visitors can admire the so-called “butterfly effect”. Ten books of different sizes are positioned after one another. And when, in the end, a tiny book triggeres a chain reaction and topples a nearly two meter tall book, the madness is palpable. In front of a big cross, “Ms. Mehr” muses on a world without God. She celebrates the multi-machine “Perpetuum mobile”. Printers are constantly duplicating shareholding certificates of this new invention, raising the key question: Don’t we all want a little bit more?
The profound and pictorial round dance shows poetic views from the fields of religion, art, science, vision of the future and history.
The award-winning Berlin company has been enchanting audiences all over Europe with their poetic dream worlds for over ten years. They have been guests at Tempelhofer Feld for six years.
Their unique combination of installation and acting turns the productions into multi-layered and sensual spaces of experience. The boundary between audience and stage is dissolved.
Advance booking: € 24 / reduced € 14
Normal price box office: 28 € / reduced: 18€
Reduced admission is available to schoolchildren, students, the unemployed and people with disabilities (if you are severely disabled and have a "B", the accompanying person is admitted free of charge). Please have the relevant ID ready at the entrance control.
Recommended for children aged 10 and over.
The box office opens 1 hour before the start of the event (from 8.30 pm), entrance Columbiadamm.
Playing time: approx. 120 min
Exclusively entrance Columbiadamm!!!
IMPORTANT: Please note that all other entrances to Tempelhofer Feld will be closed at 9.30 pm. Come directly to the main entrance Columbiadamm!
Arrival by public transport
U 8 | U-Bhf Leinestraße or Boddinstraße
(approx. 15-20 min. to the entrances at Columbiadamm)
BUS 104 | Stops cemeteries Columbiadamm or
(approx. 1 - 3 min. to the entrances at Columbiadamm)
Via the city motorway, Tempelhofer Damm exit
Via Tempelhofer Damm and Columbiadamm
PERPETUUM MOBILE will also take place in light rain (except for severe weather warnings, storms, etc.). We recommend sturdy shoes and rainwear. Please refrain from using umbrellas. There are not always paved paths. Unfortunately, this means that the production can only be experienced with limited accessibility. If the event has to be cancelled for weather reasons before one hour of performance time has been completed, the ticket entitles the holder to admission to another PERPETUUM MOBILE performance date.