Plasma – the group around the director and author Lukas Bangerter – explores the borders between theatre, music and fine arts, and in this manner creates performances with a unique signature: densely layered and yet clear and reduced in its means.
The group has realised fourteen projects to date since being founded by Lukas Bangerter and the actor Wowo Habdank in 2000. Zurich acts as the base for the creation of their work, from where they perform at performance venues and festivals in Switzerland and Europe.
From the start, a focus of PLASMA's work has been the attempt to free language from its sole function of transporting meaning, and to extend the comprehension thereof as an acoustic and musical phenomenon. The pieces of Lukas Bangerter are never linear treatises. They can be read both as living instillations or as scenic concerts, and always bear witness to the attempt to transform form into content, and content into form.
During the last years PLASMA has participated in several festivals in Switzerland and abroad (amongst others the WIENER FESTWOCHEN 2006, IMPULSE, BALTIC CIRCLE HELSINKI, REMINISCENCJE TEATRALNE KRAKOW and festivals in Paris, Teheran, Lublijana, Mumbai, Neu Delhi, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, Potsdam, Köln, Szczecin, Seoul, Skopje, Nyon, Dublin and Kiev). On these occasions their specific use of forms and aesthetics received great resonance. It turned out that the work of director Lukas Bangerter did not lose its impact, even in front of an audience not speaking or understanding German in Cairo, Paris or Helsinki.
Random / Tip of the tongue, Kölnische Rundschau (D): "Bull’s eye! Anyone who has seen the work of the Swiss theatre group Plasma is fascinated by this border zone between movement, music and living installation. This is the expression of a will to form on a diet of self-irony and cheerful melancholy. Sophisticated theatre."
Delirium, taz, Berlin (D):
"Contemporary theatre with a precise time code and unusually precise acting that presents conclusive evidence that it is possible to integrate live music into theatre performance. Theatre that demonstrates the absurdity of pigeonholing concepts such as ‘free’ and ‘off’."
Interferenz, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (CH):
"Director Lukas Bangerter dazzles with scenes of ironic precision ... The humour in this minimalist art of subtly repetitive patterns never lapses into slapstick: exquisite fringe theatre."
Tip of the Tongue, Tagesanzeiger (CH):
"Sensual theatre: scientific language is quoted, modified, fragmented and reassembled. Light, sound, words, actions and images compact into a multimedia stage installation and poetic, moving moments you want to hold on to like fleeting thoughts."
Blue Moon, Der Bund (CH):
"Bangerter hones synonyms, tosses sequences into an endless loop and precisely twirls his material through the centrifuge, thereby allowing his language to shine with purely technical beauty. Plasma is extremely funny. Bangerter is just as much scallywag as rigorous formalist. A techno Tati."