Barbara Westernach

Productions

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)
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
Thu 12 Jan
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
Fri 27 Jan

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)
Marstall, 19.00 o'clock
Sun 04 Dec
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
Thu 22 Dec
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
Tue 27 Dec
Marstall, 19.00 o'clock
Sun 22 Jan

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)
Premiere
Marstall
Fri 03 Feb

No other play by Heinrich von Kleist inspires quite so many superlatives as «Käthchen of Heilbronn». It is not only the most successful, but also the most romantic, the most fairy tale-like and at the same time the most mysterious play that he wrote.

Das Käthchen von Heilbronn (KÄTHCHEN OF HEILBRONN)
Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30 o'clock
Mon 12 Dec
Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30 o'clock
Wed 14 Dec
Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30 o'clock
Thu 15 Dec
Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30 o'clock
Mon 19 Dec
Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30 o'clock
Mon 09 Jan

For the city of Munich, the 1972 Olympic Games are a giant step towards the future. How the Cold War was reflected in the «cheerful games» of 1972, why violence in the form of international terrorism came to the Olympic village despite all efforts to the contrary, and what consequences this continues to have today are investigated by the directing team of Regine Dura and Hans-Werner Kroesinger using eyewitness accounts, investigation files, newspaper articles and interviews with people who were there and saw what happened.

Die Spiele müssen weitergehen – München 1972 (THE GAMES MUST GO ON – MUNICH 1972)
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
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Marstall, 19.00 o'clock
Sun 18 Dec
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
Tue 03 Jan
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
Mon 23 Jan

On the basis of interviews that the journalist and writer Jürgen Berger conducted with trans* people in Thailand and Germany between 2017 and 2022, the production explores the gap in society which these people inhabit in both countries.

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In her adaptation, the director Elsa-Sophie Jach has seized on the idea Goethe abandoned and transfers Goethe’s love-sick alter ego to the stage. «WERTHER. A Theatrical Folly» supplements Goethe’s shimmering, astonishingly modern rush of emotion with texts by one of his contemporaries: Karoline von Günderrode.

Werther
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Mon 05 Dec
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Mon 12 Dec
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Fri 23 Dec
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Tue 14 Feb
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Thu 05 Jan
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Wed 11 Jan
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Sat 14 Jan
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Thu 26 Jan