Peter Weiss: The Aesthetics of Resistance
A series of seven readings
Reading 1: Pergamon-Altar I
Peter Weiss provided thought-provoking impulses for processing the political atrocities of the Nazi era. His 1,000 page novel is a comprehensive review of the recent past from the perspective of a young communist worker involved in anti-fascist resistance in Nazi Germany, in the Spanish Civil War and in political activities after his emigration to Sweden. The first-person narrator not only bears witness to history, he also asks whether an aesthetics of resistance exists and what it means. Can art and literature really promote resistance, or are they no more than aesthetic responses to contemporary events? The questions and visions about a functional social community that Weiss formulates are of great relevance to today's debate about social values and ideals. The novel will be presented in great detail in seven readings at unusual venues organized jointly with the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar.
Readings can be selected individually.
The event is technically supported for hearing impaired people (e.g. deaf-aid and Cochlea implants).
So 21.8. / 11 am «Pergamon-Altar I» with Thomas and Arthur Thieme
Mo 22.8. / 7 pm «Widerstand»
Wed 24.8. / 7 pm «Guernica»
Thu 25.8. / 7 pm «Exil & Begegnung mit Brecht»
Sun 28.8. / 11 am «Die Mutter»
Fri 2.9. / 7 + 7.30 pm «Die Rote Kapelle»
Sun 4.9. / 11 am «Pergamon-Altar II» with Thomas and Arthur Thieme
Peter Weiss: «Die Ästhetik des Widerstands»
Beate Seidel, Martina Stütz
Thomas Thieme, Arthur Thieme, members of the DNT ensemble
Kunstfest Weimar, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar