Karl Valentin, Žanina Mirčevska
Valentin on Show
A comical parade of everyday life
First Slovenian production
16 April 2016
Karl Valentin, a Bavarian comedian, is often compared to Charlie Chaplin and other stars of silent film burlesques. In the realm of literature, he is above all a master of collage. He sets carefully chosen dramatic characters representative of bourgeois life into his fragmented dramatic structures and recognisable dramatic situations based on a misunderstanding. The misunderstanding or error becomes a field of dramatic conflicts that unveil the complexity of interpersonal relationships and create a comic absurdity effect. Valentin’s dramatic acts are light, realistic, lucid, and simple, but at the same time everything about them is very special, unique, and authentic. His ordinary people ever so inconspicuously change into clowns, outlaws, and eccentric characters. The language he masterfully uses is often a pun distinctly demonstrating that nonsense still has sense. The dramatic conflict is based on absurd stumbling against the incapacity of language, and the unique humour mercilessly exposes the truth of our existence.