The Flemish actor Benny Claessens, known for his role as Benny The Peacock in the Woestijnvis-series ‘Sex and The Peacock,” Monday at the Theatertreffen Berlin the Alfred-Kerr-Spelersprijs won. That is the most important German acteerprijs for young theatertalent. The panegyric of the only jury member, the actor Fabian Hinrichs, made afterwards for discussion.
Judge Fabian Hinrichs gave the prize to Benny Claessens for his acting performance in the piece “Am Königsweg’ by Elfriede Jelinek, made at the Deutsche Schauspielhaus Hamburg. “If Benny Claessens stage exit, one is sad. It had rested much longer and may take a while”, said the German actor in his eulogy.
Hinrichs said disappointed about the quality of the performances that he got. According to him, the contemporary actors too many performers and too few artists. Claessens is according to him an exception, he recalls the lost thought “that an actor is a whole theatre can be”, she said. The criticism of Hinrichs was by several German media picked up.
The Alfred-Kerr-Darstellerpreis since 1991 in memory of the Berlin theatre critic Alfred Kerr every year on the last day of the Theatertreffen presented to a young actor or a young actress at that theatre festival plays.
The Theatre shows each year the ten most outstanding productions from Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. The Belgian theatre Festival was founded in 1987 following the example of the Theatertreffen.