The Return of Danton
عودة دانتون

Written by Mudar Alhaggi
Directed by Omar Elerian
A guest performance of the Theater an der Ruhr

 Therese-Giehse-Halle
 Germany Premiere: 3.12.
 12 Euro, 6 Euro (reduced)
 Therese-Giehse-Halle
 Germany Premiere: 3.12.
 12 Euro, 6 Euro (reduced)

THE RETURN OF DANTON is a new play by Syrian playwright Mudar Alhaggi and directed by Omar Elerian. The play is a contemporary exploration of how the dynamics of political revolutions - from the French Revolution to the Arab Spring - can be reflected within the politics of the rehearsal room.

About the play: A collective of German-based Syrian actors is rehearsing a contemporary adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Danton’s Death. A shattering, political drama, at its centre is a conflict between two giant figures of the French Revolution, Danton and Robespierre.
It is considered to be one of the greatest revolutionary works of European theatre. It is also terribly complex and convoluted, and the translation into Arabic from the German isn’t particularly good.
The company’s director believes this adaptation of a German classic will secure them funding. But the playwright turned dramaturg was more keen on writing a new play about the everyday lives of Syrian refugees living abroad.
As the company wrestles with Büchner’s manically intense play, life mirrors art as the two lead actors are caught up in the arguments between the writer and director.
Between catastrophic line runs and overlong cigarette breaks, the four lock horns about their conflicted views on the Syrian revolution and their roles as artists in exile.
Rehearsals progress and the tensions and disagreements grow as the company - almost unknowingly - engage more deeply with the themes of the play: What is a revolution? When does it end? Ten years after the Syrian revolution, do they really understand what happened and how they can tell their story?

A production by Collective Ma'louba and Theater an der Ruhr in co-production with Shubbak Festival London
In cooperation with Maxim Gorki Theater and Münchner Kammerspiele
Supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Guest Performance Fund for Theatre, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, as well as the culture and art ministries of the federal states.
  • With Amal Omran, Mohamed Alrashi, Mohammad Dibo, Kinan Hmeidan
  • Directed by Omar Elerian
  • Stage / Costume Designer Rajha Shakiry
  • Lichtdesign Jackie Shemesh
  • Sounddesign Khaled Kurbeh
  • Make-Up Suzana Schönwald
  • Scenic Painting Elisa Cervik
  • Producer Immanuel Bartz
  • PR Omar Mohamad
  • Associated Director Liam Rees
  • Associated Stage / Costume Designer Maryam Samaan
  • Assistant Director / Surtitles Israa Habasch
  • Sound Uwe Muschinski
  • Lighting Fritz Dumcius, Bryn Jones
  • Props Kemal Kilicli
  • Translation Hassan Abdulrazzak, Sandra Hetzel
  • Photos Franziska Götzen
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