Geboren in Hamburg, erhielt Pia Händler zunächst eine Gesangsausbildung an der Hamburg School of Music und war Mitglied in diversen Bands (Gesang und E-Bass), bevor sie von 2006 bis 2010 ihr Schauspielstudium an der Universität der Künste Berlin absolvierte. Vor und während ihrer Ausbildung arbeitete sie am Hamburger Schauspielhaus und am Deutschen Theater Berlin u. a. mit Jürgen Gosch, Tom Stromberg und Jorinde Dröse. Nach ihrer Ausbildung war Pia Händler festes Ensemblemitglied am Schauspielhaus Graz und am Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus sowie am Theater Basel. Dort arbeitete sie u. a. mit Claudia Bauer, Simon Stone, Robert Borgmann, Thom Luz, Nora Schlocker, Oliver Frljić, Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson, Julia Hölscher und Dani Levy. 2019 folgte sie Andreas Beck ans Residenztheater.
It is centred on Argan, who not only imagines he is ill, he actually is: he is suffering from hypochondria. As a result, he cannot and will not relate to his social surroundings any differently than he does to his misfortune, which he circles in tyrannical self-reflection. With «The Imaginary Invalid», the Cologne-based writer and musician PeterLicht writes his fourth new version of Molière: in his customary playful language he dissects both the individual body and the body of society and breaks the final taboo of neoliberal self-optimisers – that of mortality.Der eingebildete Kranke oder das Klistier der reinen Vernunft (The imaginary invalid or the enema of pure reason)
The director Elsa-Sophie Jach, who recently made her debut at the Residenztheater with her production of Herbert Achternbusch’s «Heart of Glass», brings the outrageous love poetry of «Europe’s first poet» to new life. Known for a directing style characterised by precise language and strong visuals, she hunts down the forgotten remains of Sappho’s poems, condenses them into a chorus and, on a tour through the literary canon together with the Munich techno live band SLATEC, she exposes the systematic erasure of the female voice, its silencing and the need for it to empower itself.Die Unerhörten (The outrageous ones)
Ephraim Cabot has built his farm in New England up out of nothing, through hard work and the sweat of his brow and he keeps his three sons in line with Puritan discipline. However, instead of handing on the fruits of their collective toil to the next generation, he introduces the young Abbie to them as his bride, thereby unleashing a tragedy of ancient dimensions. While the elder brothers entirely abandon any hope of inheriting from their father and follow the call of gold to California, a fateful triangle develops between his youngest son Eben, his father and his step-mother – and Abbie too raises a claim to the farm that Eben is willing to defend by any means.Gier unter Ulmen (Desire under the elms)
The author and musician PeterLicht frees this moral portrait that we now find barely legible from the socio-political reality of French absolutism and sets his sights on the present in his new version «Tartuffe or the Philosopher’s Swine». Here he employs the same characters as the original, whose literary descendants are nevertheless given considerable licence: in secular times one abhors a vacuum and so the «socially interconnected sculpture» hopes for and fears the appearance of Tartuffe, who serves to supply their wishes and as a surface onto which they may project themselves.Tartuffe oder Das Schwein der Weisen (Tartuffe or the philosopher's swine)
In «Archive of Tears» Magdalena Schrefel invents a commemorative space that preserves the most fleeting signs of human feelings – tears. This universal, human, salty secretion that leaks from the organs of our sight, the eyes, seems to combine the body and emotion, the mind and chemistry in an almost alchemical fashion: feelings – of movement, grief or joy – are translated into a physical language.Archiv der Tränen (ARCHIVE OF TEARS)
In her new work, the director Claudia Bauer, who has been invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen four times and is renowned for her work with fast and furious acting ensembles, now tackles someone who typifies Munich, the brilliant comedian Karl Valentin. In her usual, opulent stage language she will devise a homage to the Bavarian whose anarchic approach to language led the critic Alfred Kerr to invent the term «Wortzerklauberer», someone who steals words and tears them to pieces.Valentiniade. Sportliches Singspiel mit allen Mitteln (VALENTINIADE. SPORTING SINGSPIEL WITH NO HOLDS BARRED)