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Theatre performances

All performances, except for "Das Theatre" on 9th April, at 10h30, will be either surtitled in English, or they will have a synopsis in English.


ROMEO & JULIA - NEXT GENERATION

After SHAKESPEARE
Directed by ULRIKE STÖCK
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Thursday, 6th April at 19h
Junges Staatstheater INSEL
Performance in German with English synopsis (80 minutes, no intermission)

The audience divided on two stands, into two clans that battle each other with the use of their smartphones: For the first team, the team of the recently established children and youth department produces an adult classic – with the attempt, to translate the mythical drama of love made impossible by society and family feud into the digital age. Spectators are encouraged to enter into a dialogue by chatting with their smartphones. The chats can be seen in surtitles.

Ulrike Stöck has adapted and directed the classic in a version for everyone 14 and older. She has successfully directed “Tschick”, the film adaptation “Fucking Åmål” und the youth opera “Border” with the participation of young migrants. Ulrike Stöck has been the founding director of the „Junges Staatstheater“ / department for Children and Young audiences and was part of the ETC project „Young Europe 2“ with the bilingual classroom play „Fragen fragen / La vache et le commissaire“ with the TJP, Strasbourg.

Supported by Gesellschaft der Freunde des Badischen Staatstheaters Karlsruhe e.V.


ATTACK ON FREEDOM

World Premiere

By JULI ZEH and ILJA TROJANOW
Directed by PATRICK WENGENROTH
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Thursday, 6th April at 20h
Studio Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Performance in German with English surtitles (90 minutes, no intermission)

Customer Cards, DNA-data farms, biometric passports, CCTV in all public areas: the surveillance and control of our lives by governments and private enterprises has become reality, far beyond of what George Orwell and Aldous Huxley imagined. The digital revolution that brought us new freedoms to live our lives entails a new dark age of control: All our activities are recorded, evaluated and connected. The fight against terror is declared as a war and a constant state of emergency is declared, so we accept without protest the step-by-step suspension of civil liberties that former generations fought for. New technologies make it so easy – both for us who think we have nothing to hide and for private and public institutions.

German best selling authors Juli Zeh and Ilja Trojanow want to alarm us with their essay that the sell-out of freedom is in full progress. Berlin based director Patrick Wengenroth is the newly appointed head of the Brecht Festival in Augsburg and creator of „philosophical books on stage“ shows at the Schaubühne and in Karlsruhe – Nietzsche, Sloterdijk, Theweleit etc. – He will direct this first staging of the book with 5 actors - and some pop songs.


I HAVE NO REGRETS 

World Premiere

A project about Edward Snowden and the NSA by JAN-CHRISTOPH GOCKEL, THOMAS HALLE and KONSTANTIN KÜSPERT
Directed by JAN-CHRISTOPH GOCKEL
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Friday, 7th April at 20h
Studio Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Performance in German with English surtitles (80 minutes, no intermission)

A young man changes the course of world and most of our behavior, and we don’t know him. Who is Edward Snowden? What kind of hero or non-hero is he? All alone on stage as we are in front of our computers or smartphones, an actor starts a search for the famous whistle blower – and the image we have of him: the young American, the CIA spy in disguise, the sad knight that fails with his attempts of protection, the deep sea diver who disappears, even his girlfriend, the ex pole-dancer.

In revealing classified papers of western secret services and their methods, he has divided the world: European citizens have praised him as a symbol of emancipation, the US is chasing him, and Russia has granted him political asylum.

Jan-Christoph Gockel studied directing at the „Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch“ in Berlin and started his career at the Schaubühne. Meanwhile he is renowned for his new take on classics – e.g. “The Seagull” in Karlsruhe – and devised plays on political topics like drone wars in Mainz, colonialism in Africa and new right wing terrorism.

For his performance, actor Thomas Halle was awarded the prize for best young actor by the German Academy of Performing Arts. The performance toured abroad to High Fest, Yerevan, and to Neue Stücke-Festival, Théâtre de la Manufacture, Nancy, and will be shown during the „Dramatiker*innenfestival“ at Schauspielhaus Graz.


THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN 

A comedy play by MARTIN McDONAGH
Directed by NICOLAI SYKOSCH
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Friday, 7th April at 20h
Kleines Haus Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe 
Performance in German with English surtitles (150 minutes, no intermission)

In 1934, the people of the West Irish island of Inishmaan learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighbouring island to film his documentary Man of Aran. No one is more excited than Billy, an unloved and crippled boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for Helen, a girl who wants no part of him.

For Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. As news of his audacity ripples through his rumour-starved community, The Cripple of Inishmaan becomes a merciless portrayal of a world so comically cramped and mean-spirited that hope is an affront to its order.

With this bleak yet uproariously funny play, Martin McDonagh became popular on many stages across the world while confirming his place in a tradition of Irish play writing that extends from Synge to O'Casey, Beckett and Brendan Behan.


ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

Opera by FRANCESCO CILEA, based on the drama by EUGÈNE SCRIBE and ERNEST LEGOUVÉ, adapted by ARTURO COLAUTTI
Conducted by JOHANNES WILLIG, directed by NICOLAI SYKOSCH
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Friday, 7th April at 20h
Grosses Haus Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe 
Performance in Italian with English surtitles (165 minutes, no intermission)

Adriana Lecouvreur loves the Count of Saxony, who returns her love – but dies as a result of a bouquet of poisoned flowers sent her by her rival. Cilea and his librettist Arturo Colautti skilfully interweave a story set in the world of the theatre with the historical reality. The title character and her lover lived in the 18th century, and she was a leading actress of her time. Fiction and history thus form a densely knit whole elaborately enriched by the music of Cilea. “Adriana Lecouvreur” was first performed on 6th November 1902 in Milan. The veristic style of the composer, and the complex story of love and jealousy make this a masterful, yet very convoluted work. The new production of the STAATSTHEATER continues the series of belcanto operas like “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” and L’élisir d’amore. Katharina Thoma, award winner of the European opera director prize in 2007, has recently directed operas in Glyndebourne, London - Covent Garden - and in Strasbourg. Adriana Lecouvreur marks her debut in Karlsruhe.


LA SYLPHIDE

Ballet by PETER SCHAUFUSS, after AUGUST BOURNONVILLE
Music by HERMANN S. LOVENSKJOLD, played by BADISCHE STAATSKAPELLE
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Saturday, 8th April at 19h30
Grosses Haus Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe 
(120 minutes, 1 intermission)

This first of the Romantic ballets is set in Scotland, a land that was considered remote and exotic at the time. In 1832 it was created, for Marie Taglioni to dance the role of the sylph, by her father. He invented the dance on toes and the Tutu dress with it. The version of Peter Schaufuss is based on the 1836 staging of the famous founder of the Royal Danish Ballet, August Bournonville. With this recreation, Ballet director Birgit Keil has completed her cycle of classical ballets that go along with new creations of narrative ballets, most recently “das kleine schwarze” on the love story of Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky and “Anne Frank”.


ANTIGONE 

Premiere

A tradegy by SHOPHOKLES
Directed by ANNA BERGMANN
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Saturday, 8th April at 19h30
Kleines Haus Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe 
Performance in German with English surtitles 


The new production of Antigone combines three lines of programming: It follows the successful staging of “The women of Troy” by Euripides in a contemporary translation by young German playwright Konstantin Küspert. Starting with “Terror”, the court room drama about a fighter pilot who shot down a civil aviation plane hijacked by a terrorist to save more lives in a stadium, the theatre section deals with moral dilemmas and political conflicts: “sterben helfen” is a commissioned play on euthanasia by Konstantin Küspert. “Suddenly there was an incident” is a text by the British performer and playwright Chris Thorpe. “Attack on freedom” is based on a political essay about civil liberties and human rights. In Anna Bergmanns staging, “Antigone” is a family drama where everyone is involved in the conflict of law and morale and no one is really dead. With her production, the young director returns to Karlsruhe where she has directed a highly discussed “La Bohème” for the opera and Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” told backwards for the theatre department. Most recently she has been working in Malmö and for the Burgtheater and Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna.


HOW THE SOLDIER REPAIRS THE GRAMOPHONE 

Participatory installation based on the novel by SASA STANISIC
Directed by BEATA ANNA SCHMUTZ
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Saturday, 8th April at 19h30
Studio Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe 
Performance in German with English synopsis (90 minutes, no intermission)

In Višegrad, a city by the river Drina in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christians, Muslims, Bosnians and Serbs were living in peace next to each other, with each other… until politics, the war and a demonic, long-lasting hatred ruined the harmony. Aleksandar is searching for the funniest and most insane stories of his city, but when the war arrives, his world can no longer withstand the violence – his family needs to flee. Being abroad, his passion for storytelling becomes a way of survival. In the peculiar place called Germany, he recounts his past and home and succeeds in creating a new reality for himself, something others have failed at. A jaunty and untroubled childhood clashes violently with the challenges of integration into a new world. Saša Stanišić himself had to leave his homeland in the 1990s. At the age of only fourteen, he and his family fled to Heidelberg. His partially autobiographic novel has been translated into thirty different languages and honored with a multitude of awards.

After “Gewalt” and “For the First Time”, this installation is the most recent production by Beata Anna Schmutz, director of the citizen’s stage department named “Volkstheater”. Beata Anna Schmutz has adapted the novel for young people of different origins. She takes the real life experiences of adolescents who were forced to leave their homes, and have now been given a chance to tell their stories of how they manage to orientate themselves in these unfamiliar circumstances. Regarding the challenge posed by the current refugee crisis, the STAATSTHEATER is intensively engaged in and working with stories and narratives of refugees and migrants.


DAS THEATER

A site specific performance, prologue to the residency project "Das Repertoire"
Directed by BERNHARD HERBORDT and MELANIE MOHREN
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Sunday, 9th April at 10h30, meeting point boxoffice hall
Performance in German (7 hours 30 minutes, including breaks, lunch and coffee with cake)

A whole village is being staged! “Das Theater” invites you into a performative landscape in Michelbach an der Lücke, taking you on an excursion of theatre installations, a performance of the specifically composed Michelbach-Sinfonietta, lunch, a cake-sculpture and a joint coffee break. Empty spaces around the village square are transformed into performance sites – as archive, guest house, cinema, museum and theatre, between action group and art, stage and daily life. The artist duo Herbordt/Mohren are collaborating with the STAATSTHEATER over the course of two years within a residency which puts focus on researching new forms of encounter and questioning the future of theatre as an institution of artistic production.

Sponsored by “Fonds Doppelpass” of the Federal Cultural Foundation


FIFTH SYMPHONIC CONCERT

A concert by GABRIEL FAURÉ, ANTONIN DVORAK, ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG
Directed by LOTHAR KOENIGS with the Badische Staatskapelle
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Sunday, 9th April at 11h
Grosses Haus 
(2 hours, 1 intermission)

Gabriel Fauré Orchestersuite from Pelléas et Mélisande op. 80
The suite is derived from stage music written by Gabriel Fauré for a staging in London of Maurice Maeterlinck's play of the same name. He was the first of four leading composers to write music inspired by the symbolist drama. Debussy, Schoenberg and Sibelius followed in the first decade of the 20th century.

Antonín Dvořák Violin Concerto in A minor op. 53
The only violin by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was premiered in Prague in 1883. It is considered as one of the major works of his “Slavic period”.

Arnold Schönberg Pelleas und Melisande op. 5
The symphonic poem was completed in February 1903. It was unsuccessfully premiered on 25 January 1905 at the Musikverein in Vienna under the composer's direction. The subject was suggested to Schönberg by Richard Strauss. 


TRIPPING STONES

Documentary theatre by HANS-WERNER KROESINGER
Directed by HANS-WERNER KROESINGER
Production: Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Sunday, 9th April at 15h
Studio 
Performance in German with English surtitles (2 hours, no intermission)

The piece takes a close look at Badisches Staatstheater during the months around Adolf Hitler’s seizure of power in Germany – and on societies influenced by populism and art controlled by politics in general. The production title refers to an art project by Gunter Demnig. According to his homepage www.stolpersteine.eu, this project “commemorates the victims of national socialism, keeping alive the memory of all Jews, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, dissidents, Jehovah’s witnesses and victims of euthanasia who were deported and exterminated”. The “Tripping Stones” are cobblestone-sized and carry an engraved brass plate that shows the name and biographical facts of the person it commemorates. Usually Demnig places the tripping stone into the pavement surface right in front of the last self-chosen home of the victim.

In Karlsruhe there are two exceptions. In front of the building of Badisches Staatstheater opened in 1975, we find two tripping stones: one in memory of actor Paul Gemmecke and the other for opera soubrette Lilly Jankelowitz, called Jank. Gemmecke and Jank were both part of the theatre’s company in 1933 and lost their jobs due to “racial reasons” – Lilly Jank was Jewish and Gemmecke was married to a Jewish woman. Later, Jank died in a concentration camp and Paul Gemmecke took his own life because he was banned from the stage.

Created as a counterpoint to the celebrations of Karlsruhe’s 300 years’ anniversary in 2015, "Tripping Stones" focuses on the destinies of four employees during the less liberal years of a city founded on the base of freedom of religion, profession and trade.