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Katie Mitchell «Zauberland» — An Encounter with Robert Schumann’s «Dichterliebe»
War in the Middle East. A young woman is waiting somewhere on the southern border of Europe, hoping to enter this «Zauberland » – a seemingly magical world of peace and security. But she cannot flee from the past; the memories of her homeland in flames still haunt her …
Schumann’s «Dichterliebe» – a collection of 16 poems by Heinrich Heine set to music – is one of the key works of German Romanticism. The Belgian composer Bernard Foccroulle and British playwright Martin Crimp present the original cycle in its timeless beauty alongside 16 newly composed pieces of their own. Together they engage in a poetic-musical dialogue between yesterday and today, Orient and Occident, the «Fortress of Europe» and the origins of our civilisation in the eastern Mediterranean region.
The highly successful British director Katie Mitchell has garnered acclaim in Germany for her recent productions at the Berlin Schaubühne and the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. The world premiere of «Zauberland» will be staged at the legendary Bouffes Du Nord in Paris at the beginning of April before coming to Weimar.