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Peter Handke: Die Stunde da wir nichts voneinander wußten | Thalia Theater, Hamburg | Photo: Armin Smailovic
Snapshots of Europe in the present and its historical constitution: absurd, comic and poetic encounters.
A theatre experiment: With their collected interviews, video recordings, text fragments and personal impressions of Peter Handke’s “Die Stunde da wir nichts voneinander wußten,“ performed at the Thalia Theater in May 2015, the young directors Giacomo Veronesi und Johanna Witt describe their attempt to reconstruct an event, the fleeting character of Europe and myth formation. In 1991 Peter Handke employed his poetic observations of a European market square as the basis for a stage play which completely dispenses with dialogue. 24 years later the directors Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper re-interpreted this play, bringing it to the stage in Hamburg with a 46-person ensemble of actors, dancers and musicians. Out of this project a performance for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt has been created with two actors from the Hamburg cast, Marina Galic and Björn Meyer, which explores the border between art, reality and subjective perceptions through the ages, throwing new light on 100 Years of Now.
Theater performance by Giacomo Veronesi and Johanna Witt, Thalia Theater, Hamburg, based on Tiit Ojasoo’s and Ene-Liis Semper’s production of the theater play of the same name by Peter Handke. Dramaturgy: Sandra Küpper, text version: Christian Winkler, stage design: Nursel Kilinc and Imke Ludwig. Featuring Björn Meyer, Marina Galic, actors, Hamburg
A coproduction of Haus der Kulturen der Welt with Thalia Theater Hamburg as part of 100 Years of Now
Marina Galic attended the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich between 1994 and 1998. Since then, she worked at the Schauspielhaus in Zürich, performed under Thomas Ostermeier in the Baracke of the Deutsche Theater in Berlin and followed him to the Schaubühne in 1999. Between 2002 and 2009 she worked at the Bayerische Staatsschauspiel in Munich. In 2004 she received the advancement award for young actors from the Verein der Freunde and in 2006 the Bavarian art advancement award. She has been a regular member of the ensemble at Thalia Theater since the 2009-2010 season where she plays Solveig in Peer Gynt (director: Jan Bosse), Brünnhilde in the Ring after Wagner and Hebbel (director: Antú Romero Nunes) and in Die Stunde da wir nichts voneinander wußten by Peter Handke (director: Tiit Ojasoo/Ene-Liis Semper).
Sandra Küpper studied drama, journalism and German at the universities of Leipzig and Vienna as well as dramaturgy in Hamburg. While still a student she worked with directors Roger Vontobel, Christine Eder, Hanna Rudolph and Friederike Czeloth. Between 2006 and 2009 she was the dramaturge under artistic director Anna Badora at the Schauspielhaus Graz where she also works regularly with Tom Kühnel and Suse Wächter. She has been the dramaturge at Thalia Theater since the 2009-2010 season and works here chiefly with the directors Antú Romero Nunes, Kornél Mundruczó and the director team of Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper.
Björn Meyer studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and performed in many student projects at Thalia Theater, St. Pauli Theater and Kampnagel. He was in a number of works in collaboration with the director Johannes Ender, such as Das Duell, Der Schimmelreiter and KarlMaySelf. Björn Meyer also acts often in film and television productions. He has been a regular guest at Thalia Theater for some time, acting in the Thalia soap Rennbahn der Leidenschaft by Christian Winkler, in Die Wilde 13 by Olivia Wenzel (director: Jan Gehler), Bei den wilden Kerlen (director: Christina Rast) and in Die Stunde da wir nichts voneinander wußten by Peter Handke (director: Tiit Ojasoo/Ene-Liis Semper).
Giacomo Veronesi studied economics in Havana, Hong Kong and Milan, where he was trained as a director at the Paolo Grassi Academy. He realized freelance projects outside of conventional theaters and took part in residency programs in Italy and Switzerland. Together with Anatoly Vasiliev he acted in France and Poland in a four-year project about the plays and novels of Noble prizewinner Luigi Pirandello with more than 100 international artists. He has been assistant director at Thalia Theater since the 2014-2015 season.
Christian Winkler studied German in Graz, cultural management at Goldsmiths College in London and dramatic writing at uniT. In 2007 he received the Retzhofer literature award and in 2012 the literature scholarship from the City of Graz. He was then invited to the Werkstatttagen am Burgtheater, to the hotINK festival in New York and to Text trifft Regie at the Staatstheater Mainz. He received an award from the Berlin Schaubühne for his play In den Arkaden in 2010. In 2012, his Räuberzelle got the critics’ prize for best radio play. He has created a number of theatre projects together with Franz von Strolchen, such as Stammtisch – Trilogie des Zusammenlebens Vol. 1 (2014), Maidorf – Trilogie des Zusammenlebens Vol. 2 (2016) and Fictional State – Trilogie des Zusammenlebens Vol. 3 (2015). His 13-part series Rennbahn der Leidenschaft ran at Thalia Theater in Hamburg in 2013.
Johanna Witt studied Communication and Cultural Management at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. While at university she organized the seekult students’ arts festival and also produced her own theater project. After internships at Thalia Theater under Jan Bosse and Leander Haußmann, she has been an assistant director at Thalia Theater since the 2014-2015 season. She produced the Thalia soap Rennbahn der Leidenschaft #3.2 at the Gauß Garage and organized readings for the Kulturlandschaften series.