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Licht

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!

“When I was in captivity, I said to him:
If I ever survive this, I will tell the entire world what you did to us. I will tell the story for myself and for all the women of the world.

He said: Hush. If you speak another word, I will cut your tongue off.
Now I am here to tell the story.”

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. Their voice is their power. With faith in theatre, they leave the story with the audience.

Every night one part of the story is told.

Licht IX is the final part, the last performance where the protagonists recount the whole story and bring it to its end. It is a victorious ode to survival.

Licht is about destiny. The one written for us and the one we rewrite for ourselves together in theatre. As Licht travelled to different cities, Tea Tupajić invited everyone in the hosting theatres 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. Every star carries the story of one person.

“Licht I”, “Licht II” and “Licht III“ were presented at the Münchner Kammerspiele. The other parts were presented internationally, in theatres and festivals led by female artistic directors only.

The performance lasts a few hours with a short break. The end is dependent on the decision of the performers. The process of creating “Licht” and performing it in different episodes of the story in different cities has been an intense and interesting one. After the last performance, join us at the Kantine to meet the storytellers and the team and to raise a toast to the experience we shared.

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
  • Directed by Tea Tupajić
  • Dramaturgy and production Katrina Mäntele
  • Dramaturgical advise Olivia Ebert, Mehdi Moradpour
  • Stage and costumes Hannah von Eiff, Lisa Chiara Kohler
  • Music Roel Meelkop
  • Sound Viola Drewanz
  • Light Charlotte Marr
  • Curtain Awaz Abdi, Alyssia Achille, Erwin Aljukić, Barbara Biel, Lisa Braner, Dîlan Z. Çapan, Olivia Ebert, Hannah von Eiff, Leyla Ferman, Felicitas Friedrich, Gundula Gerngroß, Nicolas Hemmelmann, Josef Hofmann, Maria Hörger, Carolin Husemann, Iroha Kaneshiro, Melisa Kaya, Lisa Chiara Kohler, Simone Kremser, Nikolai Kuchin, Elvira Liesenfeld, Christine Maaß, Charlotte Marr, Katrina Mäntele, Jutta Masurath, Najlaa Matto, Heloà Pizzi Mauro, Roel Meelkop, Josh Menges, Mehdi Moradpour, Barbara Mundel, Ronya Othmann, Esther Patrocinio Sánchez, Barbara Patz, Annette Paulmann, Gina Penzkofer, Sandra Petermann, Katharina Quandt, Jeanette Raue, Sofie Reindl-Grüger, Stefanie Rendtorff, Steffen Roßmanith, Daniela Schroll, Anette Schultheiss, Sabine Schutzbach, Tea Tupajić, Constantin Weidenbach, Volker Wiltsch, Teresa Winkelmann, Yue Ying, Alicia Susanna Nsukami (FFT), Linda Kuhlen (FFT), Julia Lorenz (FFT), Lian Heüveldop (FFT), Judith Cermann (FFT), Sonja Klempert (FFT), Svenja Schlei (FFT), Sina Langner (FFT), Katja Grawinkel-Claassen (FFT), Carlo Bourguignon, Elli Bryce, KIT, Daniel Veldhoen, Rik Vermeulen, und andere, die lieber unbekannt bleiben möchten
  • Live interpretation Tea Tupajić
  • Assistant director Dîlan Z. Çapan
  • Costume assistance Heloà Pizzi Mauro
  • Stage manager Stefanie Rendtorff
  • Therapeutic and creative advisor Rik Vermeulen
  • Reference person storytellers Leyla Ferman
  • Artistic Administration Constantin Weidenbach, Zora Luhnau
  • Technical Management Carolin Husemann, Julia Schröder
  • Stage master Marcel Homack
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Licht – all episodes
Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele
Licht I-III
23.2.2023, 25.2.2023 & 15.4.2023
Brussels, Kaaitheater
Licht IV
21.4.2023

For more information, click HERE

Düsseldorf FFT
Licht V & VI
27.1.2024 & 26.1.2024

For more information, click HERE

Lucerne, Luzerner Theater
Licht VII & VIII
25.6.2024 & 26.6.2024

For more information, click HERE

Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele
Licht IX
July 2024

Director Tea Tupajić in conversation about her production “Licht”.

Next date 3.7.
Ronya Othmann: Vierundsiebzig
Ronya Othmann liest aus ihren neuen Roman zur Geschichte und Verfolgung des Jesid*innen • Moderation: Julia Encke (FAS)

Press reviews

“Their courage is almost unbearable”

“The play is called “Light” because light dispels fear. What the women do is heroic, says director Tupajic, who comes from Sarajevo and experienced the Balkan war herself. She has established a special connection with the women, built up their trust over the years and fascinated them for the theater.”

“In words that are not easy to understand cognitively, halting, broken, choked with tears, but gesturally expressive, she evoked the atmosphere of fear immediately before the IS attack on her home village of kocho and thus the suffering of her people, the misery of all rape victims of all wars since Troya.”

Literaturportal Bayern • 11.4.23

“We are not just victims, we are survivors and that should be celebrated.”

Mondiaal Nieuws • 5.5.23
Dates & Tickets
Thu 4.7. 7 pm
Letzte Vorstellung Theatre Day: 10 € on all seats!
Licht
  • Schauspielhaus
  • Opening night: 23.2.2023
  • several hours, with intermission
  • Traumatic content!