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René Pollesch

AROUND TEN YOUNG GIRLS wearing pink nightgowns and toting crude wooden rifles take the stage. They strike various poses in rapid succession, threatening us, conducting drills, enacting tableaux vivants. Most of the poses are taken directly from the Maoist comic Das Mädchen aus der Volkskommune (The Girl from the People’s Commune), which, in the early 1970s, was popular with European leftists, and which was published in book form, complete with an afterword by Umberto Eco, by a German literary press. The performance of the pink-gowned girls goes on for quite a while and is peppered with political and theoretical pronouncements, declaimed in exact unison, on the student strikes and protests at German and Austrian universities in fall 2009. The girls hold forth with thesis-like musings on collectivity and collaboration; they groan disgustedly that there is nothing more boring on the face of

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