People in the theatre world are constantly confronted with a thin line between everyday challenges and excessive demands. double has talked to puppeteers, theatre-goers and an expert on burnout about their experiences. When it comes to excessive demands the fringe scene and conventional theatre are unusually similar. The head of the “Fonds Darstellende Künste” Günter Jeschonnek talks about precarious working situations, the continuous pressures of production and the lack of performing opportunities, whilst Michael Isenberg takes a look at the constraints and the freedom of the municipal theatre system at the Naumburg Theatre.
Three other articles are devoted to excessive demands as a constant factor and an aesthetic phenomenon in artistic processes. Heiner Goebbels, Artistic Director of the Ruhrtriennale festival, talks about challenging the audience and the freedom to make ones own discoveries. The puppeteer and director Sandy Schwermer describes how she and her team try to deal productively with excessive demands during rehearsals, whilst the French puppet maker Renaud Herbin examines the “excessive demand potential” in the complex relationship between the human and the artificial body.