In a nostalgic setting reminiscent of a cabaret, apocalyptic drinks are served as different performers cast a melancholy and critical gaze on the fading present-day and future worlds that will no longer come to be. Unfettered lamenting, ironic distance, and a reflexive take on prevailing narratives are here tested out as strategies to deal with Ohnmacht in a convivial setting.
On the second evening, Paula Irmschler, a first-time guest in Graz, will be reading from various texts. Her anecdotes deal with anti-fascism in East Germany, subcultural aberrations and permanent feminist frustration.
Paula Irmschler, born in 1989 in the GDR (former East Germany), is Germany's most obsessive society and pop expert. She has written columns for Intro, Titanic, Neues Deutschland and currently for Musikexpress. From 2019 to 2023 she was an editor at the satirical magazine Titanic, and her novel "Superbusen" was published in 2020. She would like to interpret Café Endzeit as "Café Resthoffnung" and reads harebrained and romantic texts about East Germany, the last twitches of the patriarchy and about culture of the 1990s, 2000s and today!
Lamenting about Ohnmacht is a bittersweet item on the menu at Café End Times – and the three performers offer this service as a heady brew. Expect evenings as drawn-out as a long black Viennese coffee with too much cream on top.
17/11/2023, 8 pm with Der singende Bronco
17/–20/1/2024, 8 pm each evening with Monika Klengel
Café End Times with Monika Klengel in cooperation with Theater im Bahnhof
Curated by Markus Gönitzer, Robin Klengel and Miriam Schmid