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DE SMUKKESTE MENNESKER (BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE)
DAS BECKVÆRK 2004
A town out in the province. A nightclub. A childless couple in their late thirties takes a young girl home to their lavish house. She is to save their lives. In all rooms there are cameras. There lives are on the Internet. Billions of eyes. But no one is looking. A man and a woman. We know them. They are just like us. But the girl? Who is she? Where is she from? What is she doing with their lives?! Beautiful people. A media-hell for three.
After the play The Parliament and the following Democracy project in Iraq, Das Beckværk went back into the theatre, back to the little black box called Denmark, to see if there was any sign of life, or perhaps rather: what kind of life we were living. Is our way of living less grotesque and more civilised, or you could say proper, than those we met in Iraq? Are we the Beautiful people, or are we in our own way just as mismanaged as the children of Saddam? What does the reality-society; the world of media, all these cameras, shows and self-mirroring do to our daily lives, our sense of self, love and marriage?
Opened on the 29th of April 2004, at the Das Beckværk-reactor in Buddinge, Copenhagen
Written by: Claus Beck-Nielsen (1963-2001)
Directed by: Werkführer Nielsen
Set-design by: Nicolaj Spangaa
Video: Niels Plenge
The original cast:
A woman: Charlotte Fich
A man: Henrik Prip
The girl: Karoline Munksnæs