In stadtsteinach, “the world is coming apart at the seams”

What the sociologist richard sennett analyzes in several hundred pages, jan burdinski manages in two hours with the result: we are concerned and worried about our fate under the conditions of "change". We lack a mental and emotional anchor, loyalty and trust. We have a high level of fear for that.

"Help – the world is out of joint" is the title of the deeply profound, but happily thoughtful revue, which the actor, musician and theater organizer jan burdinski gave on friday evening in the stadtsteinacher frankenwaldtheater to the best as well as to the afterwards grubeln.

"Oh, what a bad world it is, burdinski joined in the general world lament with a couplet to the guitar at the beginning, but did not refer to previous social science surveys, but made them on the spot.

He asked the audience about their fears. Burdinski reports that his wife presented him with an eight-point questionnaire on what to be afraid of. It has become sensitized in this area through media consumption. He himself had not yet been so preoccupied with such doomsday scenarios, he admits. He had health anxiety only since he was informed about the invention of bacteria.

And this catalog he then also ticks off with the audience. With cards distributed beforehand, he has his personal level of concern indicated: yes, no, I don’t care… Gone – were the possible answers to meteorite impact, volcanic eruption, climate change, atomic warfare.

Also the topic of refugees. Whereby he quttierte this with unverstandnis: he itself, burdinski, let on a polish rough father fall asleep. "We are all migrants, he notes; and anyway, probably all franks immigrated from the bohemian at some time or another. However, this is not now acutely seen as a danger, it states in this regard.

Finally, there is PET. He only realized this when he was disposing of plastic gauze: putin, erdogan, trump, he says. Burdinski, however, does not seek political-cabaret solutions to the fears of his audience, but rather artistic ones.

He is staging a desensitization theater, after which he wants to send his audience home again in a cheerful mood and with confidence. In the end, after he has treated the audience to songs, prose and poems from his broad repertoire, he is happy to do so.

Basically, he concludes, nothing is as bad as it looks. He gives two examples: hermann hesse, who was a member of the german national team until he was 50. He had been rather confused and even depressed during the first years of his life – until he wrote the "steppenwolf" in which he made himself realize not to take anything dramatically anymore.
Burdinski found the right approach to conflict in heinrich heine: before we can talk to each other, we must first learn to argue with each other.

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