Imaginary Europe

Project 1 of the European Ensemble
With texts by Peter Weiss, J.B. Savigny and Alexandre Corréard, Walter Benjamin and Heiner Müller
In English, German, Polish and Croatian with German and English surtitles
not currently scheduled
Together with the European Ensemble, Oliver Frljić embarks on a search for a theatrical utopia. In view of the strengthening of right-wing populist movements in Europe, increasing intolerance and the challenges facing modern migration societies, he poses questions about intellectuals’ and artists’ responsibilities. With the aid of Peter Weiss and his Aesthetics of Resistance, a critical, analytical perspective is presented on two key works in the history of painting and thereby on different aspects of the French Revolution: What has become of the ideal of liberty, equality and fraternity? Biographical material from the actors takes the audience into the centre of the contradictions in our convoluted present. Can the European dream still be saved?

Premiere: Wed – 10. Apr 19

A coproduction of Schauspiel Stuttgart with Nowy Teatr, Warschau and Zagreb Youth Theatre (Zagrebačko kazalište mladih). Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Concept, Staging and Set Design
Costume Design
Light Design
Agnieszka Fietz