Sibylle Canonica

Sibylle Canonica erhielt ihre Ausbildung an der Folkwang-Hochschule für Musik Theater Tanz in Essen. Sie spielte am Oldenburgischen Staatstheater, am Schiller Theater Berlin, am Staatstheater Stuttgart, am Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus und an den Münchner Kammerspielen. Mit Dieter Dorn wechselte sie von dort zur Spielzeit 2000/2001 an das Residenztheater. Sie gastierte regelmäßig bei den Wiener Festwochen und Salzburger Festspielen und arbeitete u. a. mit George Tabori, Hans Lietzau, Peter Zadek, Thomas Langhoff, Dieter Dorn, Werner Herzog, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Jan Bosse, Barbara Frey, David Bösch, Herbert Fritsch, Timofej Kuljabin, Tina Lanik, Bernhard Mikeska, Ivica Buljan, Martin Kušej und Michael Thalheimer.

Performing in

«Agnes Bernauer», first performed in the GDR in 1977, starts like a stop-motion fairy tale: after the death of her mother, Agnes is sent out to work by her bankrupt father. But she is unable to believe that she will find a profession that «gives her pleasure», and decides to marry money. Her rise in society happens quickly: Agnes becomes pregnant and takes Albrecht as a husband: a squeamish only child and mother’s boy who is pampered in the golden cage of the Werdenfels’ family business.

Agnes Bernauer

«Danton’s Death», written by the 22-year-old Georg Büchner in a mere five weeks in 1835 following extensive research, is based on historical sources and documents from the French Revolution, whose maxims of «liberty, equality and fraternity» shaped our understanding of modern European democracies. However, Büchner does not tell of the triumphant beginnings, the storming of the Bastille as part of a popular uprising that continues to be celebrated today, focusing instead on a few days towards the end of the Jacobins’ so-called reign of terror in the spring of 1794.

Dantons Tod (Danton’s Death)

In her autobiographical memoir «A Girl’s Story», published in 2016, the French writer Annie Ernaux attempts to understand a deeply formative experience in her own life. What happened to her, a young woman aged 18 at the time, in the summer of 1958? Between fragments of memories, diary entries, letters and decades-old photos, the author undertakes an almost forensic analysis of what happened, its effects and the social frameworks and sexual double standards that grant or refuse entirely different forms of «freedom» to men and women respectively. «A Girl’s Story» shows an almost 80-year-old woman painfully confronting sexual shame, impotence and self-empowerment and is – shortly before the #MeToo movement arose – a touching and highly political document of putting an end to silence.

Erinnerung eines Mädchens (A Girl's Story)