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Klasmann-Deilmann Chi­na helps Shake­speare

17.10.2016 | Author: Kim Karotki | 0 Comments
Berlin’s “Schaubühne” company brings peat onto Chinese stage

A substrate is normally used as the medium for cultivating plants. But Berlin’s Schaubühne Theatre cultivated something very special in peat provided by Klasmann-Deilmann China: during its tour of China, the Schaubühne Theatre brought peat onto the stage for its production of Shakespeare’s Richard III.

“A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” are the last words spoken by the tyrannical king Richard III as he flees from the battle of Bosworth before being cut down by his rival. Marked by natural deformity, in Shakespeare’s play the king plays the role of a villain. Murders and intrigues help him to gain the throne, even though his reign founded on bloody deeds does not last long.

Director Thomas Ostermeier turns the gloomy historical play by English playwright William Shakespeare into a peaty affair: for its performances in Harbin Grand Theatre and in Tianjin Grand Theatre in China, the theatre ensemble with leading man Lars Eidinger acted on a stage covered with peat. Supplied by Klasmann-Deilmann China.


Photo: Arno Declair

Up until last year, Berlin’s Schaubühne Theatre at Lehniner Platz also obtained the peat needed for its productions from Klasmann-Deilmann. Back then, it was a brooding Prince Hamlet who wandered in peat across the stage to ask that most philosophical of all questions: “To be or not to be?”. The cooperation began already back in 2010. At that point in time, the Schaubühne used our Potgrond P for its production.

The first cultural appearance for one of our substrates took place in spring 2007 when Düsseldorf’s Schauspielhaus Theatre performed Federico García Lorca’s “Blood Wedding”. The gloomy atmosphere of the play was underlined by a crypt-like stage set with one of our black peat-based substrates on the floor. At the end of the season, the recyclable soils were used for soil improvement in Düsseldorf’s open spaces.


Photo: Duan Chao


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Our blog’s editorial staff prepare news and topics relating to our company’s various areas of activity. Here, we briefly introduce the members of the editorial team. Don’t hesitate to use the e-mail addresses given here for purposes of feedback and further information, to ask questions and suggest topics.


Corporate Editor

Dirk Röse | Head of Corporate Communications

Dirk Röse has been at Klasmann-Deilmann since 2004 and heads up the Corporate Communications division. His contributions to our blog are mainly about the company’s latest news and day-to-day activities.

Competencies Editor

Hermann Limbers  | Head of Advisory Service & Quality Management

Hermann Limbers has been with Klasmann-Deilmann since 1983. As part of the Product Development team, his contribution has included his instrumental role in establishing our range of Lithuanian growing media and our organic substrates. His present-day focuses are on international customer guidance and quality management. He consistently enriches our blog with his unique expertise on many aspects of raw materials and products.

Careers Editor

Kim Karotki | Corporate Communications

Kim Karotki has, since 2015, enjoyed a wide-ranging remit pertaining to Klasmann-Deilmann’s internal communications. Her background in journalism stands her in good stead when it comes to researching and delving into complex issues. For her blog entries, she generally takes contributions to internal communications and explores them further; she also focuses on human-resources development and careers.

Sustainability Editor

Jan Köbbing | Sustainability Management

Dr Jan Köbbing has been pursuing various research projects at Klasmann-Deilmann since 2015, on topics including Sphagnum farming and the restoration of former peat extraction sites. As Sustainability Manager, he also coordinates our emissions reduction measures and the preparation of our climate footprints. His contributions to our blog relate mainly to corporate social responsibility.