Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek was born in Mürzzuschlag/Steiermark, Austria in 1946 and grew up in Vienna. Already at the age of four she was given ballet and French lessons. Thereafter she underwent comprehensive musical training. In 1960 she started studying piano and composition at the Vienna Conservatory. After passing her A levels in 1964 she changed to the Vienna University and studied dramatics and history of art. In 1967 she discontinued her studies and took up writing. Her poetry and prose texts were published in anthologies and literary magazines prior to the appearance of her first book “Wir sind lockvögel baby” (1970). Elfriede Jelinek ranks among the most important German-speaking contemporary authors. In 2004 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her first theater play “Was geschah, nachdem Nora ihren Mann verlassen hatte oder Stützen der Gesellschaften” was first performed in 1979. Since then she has written numerous other theatrical plays, which have been staged by directors, such as Claus Peymann, Frank Castorf, Einar Schleef, Christoph Schlingensief, Johan Simons and frequently by Nicolas Stemann. She has been honored with numerous prizes and awards, including the Georg-Büchner-Preis, the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis and the Else-Lasker-Schüler-Preis for her overall dramatic work. Many of her plays have been (first) performed at the Münchner Kammerspiele, such as “In den Alpen”, “Wolken.Heim”, “Ulrike Maria Stuart” and “Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)” as well as “Winterreise”, “Die Straße. Die Stadt. Der Überfall” and “Das schweigende Mädchen”.
During the 2015/16 season, Nicolas Stemann staged her latest play “Wut” – the reason for its creation was the Paris terror attack.