Ein Sommernachtstraum (Premiere) - in German Language
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There is love chaos in the forest before Athens: Helena loves Demetrius. Demetrius, however, does not want to hear from her since he saw her friend Hermia. This secretly flees with her lover Lysander from Athens, because the couple is hoping for a new beginning outside the city gates. Helena reveals the escape plans to Demetrius and soon all four of them are lost through the forest. What they do not know: Here begins the kingdom of Titania and Oberon and there is currently a marriage war. The jealous Oberon is furious and Puck is given the job to teach the Elf Queen a lesson and to smooth the waves between the young Athenians on this occasion. But Puck pursues his own goals and soon there is only envy, jealousy and murder lust between the former friends. To top it all up in this magic forest also meets a troupe of actors who, although heavily understaffed, are all the more determined to bring "The Extremely Funky Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe" to the stage with only three men. Desire becomes a bizarre nightmare from which there seems to be no awakening.
Director Kieran Joel, who opened the season 17/18 at the Volkstheater with "Romeo and Juliet", continues his exploration of Shakespeare with the "Midsummer Night's Dream" and again pursues the driving forces of human desire. Oberon's magic flower, whose juice enchants the gaze of Shakespeare and transforms contempt into love, is balanced with the present conditions and causes of our love happiness and suffering. Is the idea of romantic love, which is so desperately chasing after the figures of Shakespeare, or even a hope to throw overboard, still touches one of the last tenets of modern man?
German by Jürgen Gosch, Angela Schanelec and Wolfgang Wiens (Verlag der Authoren)
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