meaningless and useless. These events provide meaning to the life of some protagonists, if only temporarily.
1914 by Jaroslav Hasek, Karl Kraus, directed by Robert Wilson , Národní divadlo, Prague, Czech Republic “The Good Soldier Švejk”, the key novel of Czech literature and an ironic insight into war and its attendant absurdity, is creatively juxtaposed in this production with Karl Kraus’s satirical anti-war play “The Last Days of Mankind”. The modern theatre wizard Robert Wilson transforms all this into a cabaret replete with scenic images, music and surprising humour in a parable not only of 1914 but also, and primarily, our life today, one hundred years after the outbreak of a terrible war that marked the real start of the 20th century. The powerful production about Europe, its optimists and pessimists (beneath the gaze of eternal Time), is a unique project in which—for the second time—the elite of Czech drama joined forces with an artist setting the direction of global theatre.
A Man Wants to Advance by Hans Fallada, directed by Anselm Weber, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bochum, Germany The protagonist Karl Siebrecht is chasing his dream of conquering the city of Berlin. This big narrative spans many years of German history: It starts in the backyards of Berlin’s impoverished Wedding district and ends in a villa in Berlin Grunewald in 1931. For Karl Siebrecht, these are years of hard work, years in which he grows up. But not only the First World War, austerity, and disappointment accompany his rise, so do his friendships with Rieke Busch and Kalli Flau, as well as his falling in love with Ilse Gollmer and Herta Eich. The writer, Hans Fallada, has a particularly good eye for these characters, with their small worries and big dreams: He tells their stories with great warmth and humour. Anselm Weber’s production, featuring Felix Rech in the leading role, included several songs from the Weimar era and created a panorama of German history.
Three Years of Battle Union des Théâtres de l'Europe