PHOTO: © Sandra Then / Residenztheater


In the organizer's words:


based on the novels "Childhood" - "Youth" - "Dependence" by Tove Ditlevsen adapted for the stage by Tom Silkeberg

from the Danish by Ursel Allenstein

Age recommendation: from 14 years

There is no room for the talent and dreams of the adolescent Tove in the Copenhagen working-class district of Vesterbro in the 1920s. At the age of fourteen she has to leave school and work against her will as a housemaid and later as an office assistant. Nevertheless, she refused to give in, initially publishing poems and stories and unwaveringly seeking her liberation in her own writing. In the "Copenhagen Trilogy", Tove Ditlevsen always uses her own biography to tell the story of her escape from a complicated everyday life into narration, cleverly interweaving reality and fiction. Her eponymous first-person narrator reports humorously and laconically on private matters that are nonetheless political.

The ruthlessness with which Ditlevsen writes about what it means to want more as a woman than society allows is in no way contradictory to her utopia of a successful life through art and literature. Ditlevsen's autofiction can be understood as a guide to self-empowerment and is a resistant female legacy of a great writer.

Already announced twice, the Residenztheater is now making a third attempt to realize this important project. It will be directed by Elsa-Sophie Jach, resident director at the Residenztheater, whose highly musical, playful productions are always original and original interpretations of texts.

"In her writing, Tove Ditlevsen maps the world into which she is born: the too-small apartment, the narrowness in her parents' faces, the beautiful, always dissatisfied brother, the neighbors, the furtive glances, the secret visitors, the gathering political storms. Writing, she creates a reality from which she simultaneously writes herself out in search of a vastness that she not only finds in her words, but which actually opens up for her as an artist through her work. But she always remains an outsider, addicted to opportunities to break out, even if they have the potential to destroy her." Elsa-Sophie Jach

Artistic direction

Production and version Elsa-Sophie Jach
Stage Marlene Lockemann
Costumes Aino Laberenz
Composition and musical direction Samuel Wootton
Lighting Barbara Westernach
Dramaturgy Constanze Kargl

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Price information:

from 10€ for students


Marstall Marstallplatz 4 80539 München

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