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PROGRAMME DETAIL

Peter Handke • Immer noch Sturm

Coproduction with the Thalia Theater Hamburg

World premiere
End of performance approx. 11:30 p.m.

PREMIERE

  • 12 August 2011, 19:00

DATE

  • 17 August 2011, 19:00
  • 18 August 2011, 19:00
  • 23 August 2011, 19:00
  • 24 August 2011, 19:00
  • 26 August 2011, 19:00
  • 27 August 2011, 19:00

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LEADING TEAM

Dimiter Gotscheff, Stage Director
Katrin Brack, Set Designer
Ellen Hofmann, Costume
Sandy Lopicic, Music
Paulus Vogt, Lighting
Beate Heine, Dramaturgy

CAST

Jens Harzer, I
Oda Thormeyer, My Mother
Tilo Werner, Gregor, "Jonatan", the mother's eldest brother
Hans Löw, Valentin, the second eldest brother
Bibiana Beglau, Ursula, "Snežena", the mother's sister
Heiko Raulin, Benjamin, the youngest brother
Gabriela Maria Schmeide, My Grandmother
Matthias Leja, My Grandfather
Sandy Lopicic, Matthias Loibner, Musician

Complementary programme: Jenseits der Grenze

 

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

In his dream-play, Peter Handke recalls the resistance in Carinthia and the history of his Slovenian ancestors. A narrator stands upon the heathland of his home, Jaunfeld, and reports on the history of his “people” and his family – beginning at the time of World War II and the partisan struggle which divided the family and cost his mother’s brothers their lives. His memories invoke his ancestors, and he describes the scenario like an old black-and-white photograph into which he inserts himself, and which gradually comes to life. Experiences, memories and fiction intermingle. He encounters different generations, his grandparents, aunts and uncles from whose experiences make up the family history, and who stand for the collective experiences, values and prejudices of different epochs. Inspired by letters left to him, private notes, and oral tradition, the narrator follows the traces of his memories. He encounters his mother as a young woman, and later as she is pregnant with him. Immer noch Sturm is probably Peter Handke’s most personal play. The uncle, long dead, speaks to the “ego” figure: “There is still a storm raging. Still a storm. History: the devil in us, in me, in you, in all of us, playing god, the highest authority, the highest principle.” The partisans want to end their suffering at the hands of world history, and Immer noch Sturm tells their tragic story. At the same time, it talks about the attempt of the narrator to give them life, to do them justice and to conserve a piece of history.




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