Deutsches Theater Berlin (DE) - Slovenske Narodne Divadlo (SK)

Land der ersten Dinge / Bludička / Fen Fires

The award-winning German-Georgian novelist, playwright and theatre director Nino Haratischwili wrote a multilingual play for one German and two Slovak actors: Lara from the West, a former judge, diseased and in need of care, and Natalia from the East, a former musician who is taking care of Lara - two women with rather different life stories try to manage their daily routines, but are caught up by their memories and forced to face up to the shadows of the past. 

The team

Playwright: Nino Haratischwili, Germany
Dramaturges: Ulrich Beck, Miriam Kicinova, Peter Pavlac
Project managers: Radana Hromniková, Christa Müller
Stage director: Brit Bartkowiak, Germany
Set designer: Nikolaus Frinke, Germany
Costume designer: Karin Rosemann, Germany
Music: Thies Mynther, Germany

Emília Vášáryová, Slovakia
Dušan Jamrich, Slovakia
Gabriele Heinz, Austria

Nino Haratischwili

Nino Haratischwili (1983), playwright, based in Germany

Nino Haratischwili was born in 1983 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is an award-winning novelist, playwright and theatre director and has been writing in Georgian and German since the age of twelve. From 1998 to 2003 she ran the free, bilingual theater company (German, Georgian) "Fliedertheater" and had several appearances at various Georgian theaters as well as guest performances in Germany (Bremen) with this theatre.
From 2000 to 2003 she studied film directing at the State School for Film and Theatre in Tbilisi. From 2003 to 2007 she studied directing at the Theatre Academy in Hamburg, ITMF. Nino Haratischwili wrote several prose texts and pieces that were published and played both in Germany as well as in Georgia.  Her debut novel Juja was longlisted for the German Book Prize. Mein sanfter Zwilling(My Gentle Twin) won the Hotlist German independent publishers’ best book award in 2011. She also was a writer-in-residence at the British Centre of Literary Translation’s summer school in July 2012. Nino Haratischwili now works as a freelance director and author in Hamburg.

Brit Bartkowiak

Brit Bartkowiak (1980), stage director, Germany

Brit Bartkowiak was born in 1980. She studied German literature and theatre studies in Mainz and in Wellington / New Zealand. In 2006 she started her studies in Theatre Direction at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg.  Her first pieces during her studies were: “Black animal sadness” by Anja Hilling in Hamburg, “Time to love, Time to die” by Fritz Kater in Dresden. From 2009 to 2013 she worked as an assistant director at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, including with Dimiter Gotscheff, Nicolas Stemann, Stefan Pucher and Tom Kühnel / Jürgen Kuttner.
In 2012 at the Schauspielhaus Dusseldorf  she directed the German -language premiere of “Swchwrm” by Toon Tellegen and Guy . At the Deutsches Theater in Berlin , she directed among others : “Poor through labor” by Markus Breitscheidel , “The Golden Dragon” by Roland Schimmelpfennig and in 2012, the world premiere of “Mother tongue Mameloschn” by Marianna Salzmann. The production was nominated for the award of the Mülheim Theatre Days 2013.

In the season 2013/14 she is as a director, among others at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Staatstheater Oldenburg and at the State Theatre of Lower Saxony North in Wilhelmshaven.

Emília Vášáryová (1942), actress, Slovakia

A Slovak actress of the century, her life itself represents history and culture of Slovakia as well as of the central Europe. She is an actress that took part in the most important period of the Czechoslovak film, the Czechoslovak New Wave, that was founded by quintessential personalities such as Miloš Forman, Věra Chytilová, Evald Schorm.

She is an actress that illustrates several generations of directors and theatre poetics. First she started interpreting fragile and lyrical characters (Natasha, Helena, Roxane), later she characterized dominant roles (Antigona, Ifigenia, Iokaste, Elizabeth), and then continued with destructive characters (Masha, Estelle, Ellida Wangle, Maria Callas). However, she also embodied a normal aging Old Lady (Ionesco). She is an actress of a classical drama (August lost in Oklahoma), likewise of modern minimalism (Rechnitz – Der Würgeengel). Together with her colleagues, through theatre, they did not only react on politics of impediment but they were creating an island for an escape.

As a pedagogue, for thirty years, she was passing her knowledge about theatre and her vision of acting work onto students of performing arts.

Through the knowledge of languages (Hungarian, Slovak, and German) Vášáryová represents the encounter of the central European culture.  

Dušan Jamrich (1946), actor, Slovakia

He began by impersonating the young, handsome, committed and appealing men. Subsequently, he started playing the rough Haimon, Orestea, Prince Fridrich-like characters  that later turned into dramatic, cynical and cruel Richard II., Solonyj, Henry from Wales, Richard III., Thomas More and Montparnasse. Today, he is a mature and sensible Count of Scerback, an authoritative and politically correct Menenius Agrippa but also a repellent and perverse Father, or a corrupt and decadent Karamazov. These acting placements are so distinctive from his natural persona that it underlines not only a degree of his extensive experience but also the malleability of his talent and how the natural aging is linked with humility towards working process. He is a synonym for a natural aging of a talent.

While he was in charge of the SNT, he became a vice-president of the European Theatre Convention (ETC), he co-organized an international festival Eurothalia 2002 in Bratislava. Dušan Jamrich is a synonym for one entire epoch of the ETC itself.

Dušan Jamrich with Emília Vášayová are partners from many theatre and television productions. They both became an icon for our generation; many spectators can see through them one very important era of television lasting about thirty years which was not yet spoiled by commercialization and fast production of superficial formats. Dušan Jamrich and Emília Vášayová belong between those few that were working and creating with all respect to every member of their audience. They are live memorials that keep reminding us the different position and functioning of the television in Slovakian.

Gabriele Heinz, actress, Austria

Gabriele Heinz. Born in Vienna, Gabriele Heinz studied at the Ernst Busch School for Performing Arts in Berlin. In 1975 she made her Deutsches Theater debut in Peter Hacks' Adam and Eve (directed by Wolfgang Heinz). Gabriele Heinz worked repeatedly with directors Wolfgang Langhoff, Alexander Lang, Wolfgang Heinz, Friedo Solter and Thomas Ostermeier, and more recently with Michael Thalheimer, Dimiter Gotscheff, Amelie Niermeyer and Jürgen Gosch. Her recent appearances include roles in Roland Schimmelpfennig's stage adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, and Michael Thalheimer's productions of The Nibelungs by Friedrich Hebbel and Lonely Lives by Gerhart Hauptmann. Currently Gabriele Heinz can be seen in Thalheimer's staging of Hauptmann's The Weavers and Brit Bartkowiak's production of Mother Tongue Mameloschn, as well as in the Peter Hacks drama Anxieties and Power. Heinz also directed the DT productions of The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Tilla by Christoph Hein.

Karin Rosemann (1982), costume designer, Germany

Born in 1982 in Munich, Karin Rosemann studied fashion design in Berlin and worked as designer in New York and Berlin. From 2010, she is employed as costume assistant at the Deutsches Theater and participated to the following production: Das Wildpferd unterm Kachelofen (directed by Brit Bartkowiak), Alles (directed by Marike Moiteaux), Paradiesvögel, (directed by Alize Zandwijk).


Thies Mynther (1968), musician, Germany

Born in 1968 Thies Mynther is a German producer and composer. Since 1995, Thies Mynther has produced albums of the Chick on Speed and Miss Kittin. His carreer  progressively moved towards the production and composition of music (“Die Anruferin”, and “Wie Ich ein freier Reisebegleiter wurde” from Jan Peters).  Along the years, he became more and more attracted to music with a dramaturgical function. 

Christa Müller, dramaturge and project manager, Germany

Christa Müller, Born in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Studied History of Dramatics, German and English Literature at the University of Munich, went to acting classes. Started as a dramaturge and actress at the theatres in Dinkelsbühl, Landshut and Kaiserslautern (1969-1981). Gained experiences in the adaptation and translation of plays, some of them are published. Worked as a reader for publishers of German drama. Joined the team of Ulrich Khuon (the present artistic director of Deutsches Theater Berlin)  as a dramaturge at the Stadttheater Konstanz (1983-93), as director of artistic production at the Staatstheater Hannover (1993-2000), as production director and dramaturge of 'Thalia in der Gaußstraße' at the Thalia Theater Hamburg (2000-09), and finally as dramaturge in charge of international contacts and the festival 'Berliner Autorentheatertage' at the Deutsches Theater Berlin.


Ulrich Beck (1981), dramaturge, Germany

Born in 1981 in Stuttgart, Ulrich Beck studied Dramturgy at the Music and Theater school „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ in Leipzig from 2005 to 2009. He gained his first experience at the Schauspiel Staatstheater Stuttgart under the Intendanz of Friedrich Schirmer. After that he was dramaturge assistant at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Deutsches Theater Berlin and Burgtheater in Vienna.
Since 2011, he is dramaturge at the Deutsches Theater Berlin.