By and with the ensemble and employees of the Kammerspiele, the Open Border Ensemble as well as Thomas Kürstner, Sebastian Vogel, Claudia Lehmann and Nicolas Stemann
Director: Nicolas Stemann
The “original” text of “Die Schutzbefohlenen” was completed more than three years ago. At the time boat accidents which took the lives of refugees off the coast of Lampedusa and protests of asylum seekers against the conditions of their accommodation in Vienna caused Elfriede Jelinek to sit down and write and to turn the global and social upheaval related to flight into an issue for the theater. Subsequently the events happened at breakneck pace and thus Jelinek realized she had to continue writing. Four eventually independent follow-up pieces to “Die Schutzbefohlenen” have been created up to now. The latest, “Philemon and Baucis” is dated April 2016.
144 pages of “Die Schutzbefohlenen” and thus more than three years of flight history present an opportunity for the Kammerspiele to repeat on October 6 a podium of the Open Border Congress (“Refugee Protest”) from October 16, 2015 with representatives of refugee self-organizations such as Newroz Duman (Young People without Borders) and Felleke Bahiru Kum (Anti-Camp Network Germany Camp Country). On the following day we will engage in a review during a marathon first reading of the entire text of “Die Schutzbefohlenen” including, among others, the Kammerspiele ensemble, the Open Border ensemble and the Kammerspiele staff, established by Nicolas Stemann. Let us bring the events to mind: Have we made any progress, internally, externally? Which borders still exist, exist again or have been established anew?
P.S. Thank you, Elfriede Jelinek. For your untiring creative efforts. And your undaunted courage to immerse yourself into life and art.