Dem Menschen ein Wolf (2018)


"Lupus est homo homini, non homo, quom qualis sit non novit" .... words written by the roman writer Titus Maccius Plautus. Therefore "a man is a wolf rather than a man to another man, when he hasn't yet found out what he's like."


Together with eight dancers we want to make these words the central theme of our new dance project "Dem Menschen ein Wolf". We observe the human dealing with strangers, who are not recognized and acknowledged as fellow beings but who are prejudged with attributes like cunning, greed and the danger of a predator - just because of their otherness.


As a result the natural basic instincts emerge in the struggle for self-interest, selfishness  and self-protection which without a subduing higher instance would result in a state of war and that happens to be dog eat dog.



I experienced so much helpfulness and compassion by the majority of the German society when I arrived here in late summer of 2015 as a Syrian refugee. Can these humanitarian attitudes survive in a time of egoism and separation - both on an interpersonal and international level?


Beyond this question we want to explore further motives and perspectives of human co-existence. Why are so many people following demagogues who propagate walls instead of bridges with simple slogans? Why so many people are afflicted by the fear that something might be taken from them if a society acts solidly united? Is the human egoism by nature really as unlimited as Schopenhauer was claiming?


"Dem Menschen ein Wolf" is a production of the association menschMITmensch e.V. in Trier, Germany.