Cityscapes consist of overpaintings. Buildings and events disappear behind ever new layers of history. The present determines what we remember and what remains visible. History paints over empty spaces. It chooses the focus selectively. In its self-narrative, the city of Münster likes to present itself as the city of the Peace of Westphalia and cultivates a distinct culture of memory. The fact that there is also a military history remains largely hidden.
Together with international artists, Till Wyler von Ballmoos develops an interdisciplinary theatre installation in order to deal with a piece of European military history. A format is created with the means of the visual and performing arts that makes it possible to experience spaces of the past on the basis of personal memories and historical facts and that triggers processes of cognition on the part of the audience. The audience will be confronted on site with the four eras of the barracks’ history: the present, the era of the British garrison, the period of the Nazi regime and the period of the Thirty Years’ War.
The Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster in co-production with Ballmoos Productions presents a site-specific, performative Parcours in the former warrant officers’ mess of the Oxford Barracks in Münster Gievenbeck.