Djinns - by Fatma Aydemir - in a version by Birgit Lengers - Premiere on September 29, 2023 - Schauspielhaus, Kleines Haus - Stadt:Kollektiv
"Perhaps, after all, family is nothing more than a construct of stories and stories and stories. But then what do the voids in them, the silences, mean?"
In her acclaimed novel, Fatma Aydemir tells a gripping family story from six perspectives between Germany and Turkey, between emancipation and tradition - full of secrets, desires and losses.After 30 years of hard work in a country that never became home, Hüseyin has finally fulfilled his dream of owning a condominium in Istanbul. Before a family member has even set foot in it, he dies of a heart attack. At the funeral, his widow Emine and the four fundamentally different siblings meet. But what stands between them is not just their differences, hurts and silences - they all sense the djinns, the eerie presence of the absent.
Bassam Ghazi, director of Stadt:Kollektiv, stages the multi-layered social portrait of the 1990s with people of different generations from NRW, whose biographies are marked by migration. And he complements the conflict-laden search for meaning and self with the present-day perspective of the ensemble.