The Madman

We dragen allemaal een masker wat ons beschermt tegen de mensen om ons heen, maar ook voor onze eigen naakte waarheid. We betalen een hoge prijs voor het onderhoud van dit masker, namelijk de vrijheid die nodig is om onszelf te kunnen ontdekken. Deze voorstelling is geïnspireerd op het gedicht The Madman van Kahlil Gibran.

..One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen..

The Madman

This performance is inspired by the poem The Madman Kahlil Gibran, and the theme is the search for yourself. We all wear masks that protect us from the people around us, but also against our naked self.
We pay for the maintenance of these masks a high price, namely the freedom to explore ourselves. The central theme of the show is taking off masks.
..I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves.


The process of self-discovery has always been of great importance to me. Who am I? Who do I want to be? And why?
These are all questions that everyone should ask themselves again and again. With this show I want to invite the audience to see for themselves, to investigate whether one or the other does not wear a mask and whether one can not and does not want to take it off. In the current situation of our society as a whole, where handing time is becoming stricter and the abuse of information has become a habit, there is very little room for self-discovery.
I am convinced that many of our global and national problems result from self-alienating as individuals. Many people accept this. I want to show what everyone can do, that it is the decision of each individual, as in this performance.
..For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more..

Ralph Öllinger

Ralph is a circus performer specialized in ball juggling, living in the Netherlands, with his roots in Austria. He finished the bachelor program of Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam where he was specializing in ball juggling, Walking Globe and Partner Acrobatics in the summer of 2016. Right now, he is doing a master degree in choreography at both universities Codarts Rotterdam and Fontys Tilburg.

..And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

This project is funded by the BKA, the cultural network of Lower Austria and the state of Lower Austria and Circunstruction.