Photo: Sima Dehgani



The stories of Yazidi women
Direction: Tea Tupajić

 Schauspielhaus
 Opening night: 23.2.2023
 several hours, with intermission
 Traumatic content!
 Schauspielhaus
 Opening night: 23.2.2023
 several hours, with intermission
 Traumatic content!

‘What is it inside of you that could kill you?’

In our times, there are few horrors unheard of and unimaginable. The crimes ISIS committed against the Yazidi women in North Iraq are among them. Certain demons you slaughter from within. In “Licht”, director Tea Tupajić invites the Yazidi women to descend into themselves to try just that.
After a yearlong journey of preparation, the women come on stage to tell the story of what happened, exactly how they remember it. They bleed it out then and never again, part by part, until they can’t anymore. They do so, so that all that happened was not for nothing. With faith in theatre, they leave it with the audience.

Every night one part of the story will be told. LICHT lasts until the whole story is told.

For the stage, Tea Tupajić invited all the colleagues of Münchner Kammerspiele to together create a proscenium curtain. On the curtain, they embroidered by hand the stellar constellation of the sky in the night of the premiere. In each star, one person embroidered an image of that what is inside of them, that could have killed them.

“Licht I”, “Licht II” and “Licht III“ will be presented at the Münchner Kammerspiele.

A few other parts will be presented internationally, in theatres and festivals led by female artistic directors only.

The performance starts at 19 o’clock. It lasts several hours. The end is dependent on the decision of the performers.

A production of the Münchner Kammerspiele in co-production with the Kaaitheater Brussels, the FFT Düsseldorf and the Lucerne Theatre.
In the frame of “Female Peace Palace“, a joint project by Münchner Kammerspiele and Monacensia im Hildebrandhaus. Funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). Funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media).
  • Storytellers Awaz Abdi, Najlaa Matto, Intisar Oso, und andere, die noch nicht erzählen möchten
  • Directed by Tea Tupajić
  • Dramaturgy and production Katrina Mäntele
  • Dramaturgical advise Olivia Ebert, Mehdi Moradpour
  • Stage and costumes Hannah von Eiff, Lisa Chiara Kohler
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Licht – all episodes
Licht I – Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele, 23.02.2023

Iraq, 2014. 9 o'clock in the morning it is already over 40 degrees hot. Family life. Trying to hold on / save daily routines. News, phone calls. IS is close. Not understanding. Fear.

With: Awaz Abdi, Najlaa Matto

Licht II – Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele, 25.02.2023

The IS is there. An escape into the mountains. People are left behind. An ultimatum passes. An entire village community is herded into a school. Women and children and men are separated: the men are taken away, shots.

With: Awaz Abdi, Intisar Ali, Najlaa Matto

Licht III – Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele, 15.04.2023

Information will follow

Licht IV – Brussels, Kaaitheater, 21.04.2023

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Licht V – Düsseldorf, FFT, Winter 2023

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Licht VI – Düsseldorf, FFT, Winter 2023

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Licht VII – Lucerne, Lucerne Theatre, 25.06.2024

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Licht VIII – Lucerne, Lucerne Theatre, 26.06.2024

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Licht IX – München, Münchner Kammerspiele

Information will follow