PHOTO: © (c) Moritz Haase

Phädra, in Flammen

In the organizer's words:
Something is rotten in the prevailing stagnation in Athens. King Theseus has grown old and routinely holds on to his power; his wife Phaedra in menopause - burns with longing to throw off the too long worn rule corset of the royal palace and finally live her own needs. Demophon, the firstborn, is already ready as heir to the throne; he only needs to be married off. But Persea, the bride chosen by his father, causes unrest in the palace, because Persea and Phaedra fall in love with each other. A scandal that, according to the high priest, demands human sacrifice. The necessity of change is confronted with the violence of tradition and the existing order is shaken - politically as well as privately. With her rewriting of the ancient "Phaedra" myth, Nino Haratischwili not only takes up parable-like questions of power politics, emancipation and political regression with a view to the political situation in Eastern Europe and Georgia, but also shows the contemporary connection between personal and political desire: Where is my place in the world? How do I want to live? Am I responsible for my own freedom? And what am I willing to sacrifice for it? NANOUK LEOPOLD is a Dutch screenwriter and director. Her films have been screened at the Berlinale and the Cannes International Film Festival, among others. Following her production of Alice Birch's "Anatomy of a Suicide" (2021), Leopold is now showing a work at the Berliner Ensemble for the second time. Created as part of the BE-Dramatiker:innen-Fonds, supported by the Heinz und Heide Dürr Stiftung. A co-production with the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen. This content has been machine translated.


Berliner Ensemble Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1 10117 Berlin

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