Mandragora (2021)

Mandragora Foto Heinrich Hesse

„One day this kid will find something in his mind and body and soul
that makes him hungry. (…) One day this kid will do something
that causes men (…) to call for his death.“
– Untitled (One Day This Kid…) by David Wojnarowicz

The mandragora (common mandrake) is a poisonous medicinal plant from the nightshade family which has a history of ritual use. Because of its root’s special shape, which resembles the human figure, magical properties have been attributed to it.
This staging is based on an exploration of discrimination, experiences of violence and othering of homosexuals. For Mandragora, Jan Jedenak is working for the first time with the renowned “King of Physical Theater” (The Scotsman Newspaper) Al Seed from Scotland. In this work Jedenak expands the aesthetic means and narrative methods of puppet theater through body and movement techniques of physical theater.

Concept & performance: Jan Jedenak • Direction: Al Seed & Jonas Klinkenberg • Dramaturgy: Jonas Klinkenberg • Music: Julian Siffert • Set design: Heinrich Hesse, Jan Jedenak • Light design: Nadja Weber • Acrobatic Coaching: Andrew Scordilis • Outside eye: Li Kemme • Poster: Peter Ardmar

A production by Jan Jedenak ( in coproduction with the FITZ Stuttgart – Theater animierter Formen and the studiobühne Köln ( Funded by the cultural department of the city of Stuttgart & the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theatererschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. with funds from the Ministry for Science, Research and Art of the State of Baden-Württemberg and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. from funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR