"F/T12 Jelinek Series: Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)"
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On the eve of the end of World War Two, at an Austrian Nazi-supporter aristocrat husband and wife's castle, around 200 Jews are murdered as a "party game". This true event inspired Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek to pen the play "Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)", dealing with a paradoxical situation that denies language and portrayal.
On stage arrive 5 "reporters" who come to tell us more about the incident. However, we cannot determine if the testimony of these 5 is as perpetrators, victims or just observers. Their many digressions and repetitions create merely contradiction and confusion. Famed opera and theater director Jossi Wieler is a specialist in Jelinek's work and here he creates a unique theatrical atmosphere of multi-layered and complex imagery, a dramatic sequence like a tromp l'oeil ever increasing its ambiguity as the language proliferates.
There will be a talk in theatre lobby by dramaturge Julia Lochte before each performance (c.40 min., in German)
Festival/Tokyo 2012 opens with a provocative, interactive site-specific installation in the Sugamo area