Football and theatre have one thing in common: they both feed the spectator’s yearning for emotion.
The fascination of football is always based on the option of the existential with its combination of speed and drama, the proximity of triumph and failure and the identification potential with winners and losers. This is its theatrical moment – and as such it is entirely appropriate for the theatre.
But how to bring theatre and football together?
Like this: a large public place, an imaginary playing field high above the heads of the players and the spectators; a figure around whom the evening pivots and who is able to focus on the various aspects of football: the trainer.
His figure is associatively conceptualised. It has no in-depth psychological profile of its own, but instead is more of a personified playing transparency, upon which football’s different aspects, relationships and mechanisms can be illustrated.
In connection with the conceptual use of audiovisual materials, PAN.OPTIKUM outlines the fictitious biography of a trainer and sketches his career through several stations from the pupil kicking a ball to the celebrated player and trainer; it accompanies the rise, crises and return of the protagonist.
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