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The small guy with his mustache, his bowler hat and his bamboo cane is world-famous. However, who is the man behind this figure? Mario Schröder wondered the same thing when choreographing “Chaplin”.

His sudden fame makes Chaplin a person of public interest. The clown becomes political. Chaplin interferes and leads his Tramp to society’s hot spots. He brings him into factories, to strikes, to demonstrations and finally gets him involved in fascism: The clown provokes the big dictator and reduces him to a preposterous gnome. America’s conservatives are, however, suspicious of Chaplin’s commitment. He falls victim to the persecution of communists and is eventually expelled. The ballet describes Chaplin’s life in constant connection with his creative work and shows that an artist, observing his environment both sensitively and wide awake, stands behind the funny Tramp. Chaplin’s compassion and his sense of justness in an unfair world make his Tramp a role model for humanism, placing him on the same level as Don Quichotte and Jesus of Nazareth.


Production Notes

  • Theatre Company
  • Leipziger Ballett & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
  • Country
  • Germany
  • Parental rating
  • Parental rating information not available.
  • Duration
  • 84 minutes
  • In theaters
  • No
  • Category / Genre
  • Dance

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