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THYESTES BRÜDER! KAPITAL by claudia bosse after «thyestes» by seneca | 2nd – 17th october 2019 kasino am kempelenpark, vienna (at) | 11th/13th/14th september 2019 fft düsseldorf, botschaft am worringer platz (de) | a project by claudia bosse/theatercombinat in coproduction with fft düsseldorf (de)

selected press

press reviews (de)

- edith hall (professor for ancient greek literature)
– dr. laura gianvittorio-ungar (senior postdoc, research on greek theatre)
- constantin leonhard (actor, director and performer)



a full audio-visual documentation of the performance can be send on request. write to: buero@theatercombinat.com

tantalus, as punishment by the gods bound on the tartarus rock and therefore in eternal hunger and thirst, is dragged from the underworld by the fury to prolong the curse on his family and the enmity between his grandchildren atreus and thyestes. in the fight for dominance over mycenae, the betrayed atreus forges a cruel plan: out of fear of a civil war, he invites his banished brother and his sons to share the power over mycenae. thyestes becomes the victim of the staged revenge of atreus, who kills the sons of his brother thyestes in a ritual and feeds them to him. thyestes devours his own sons, unknowingly, in the certainty of having a share in the power. out of horror at this unimaginable crime, the cosmos collapses and daylight disappears forever.

contemporary bodies, which with their biography
inscribed in their flesh,
encounter the ancient tradition of a brotherly conflict,
moving it through and within themselves.
they spit out the result.

claudia bosse stages thyestes by seneca as a text-space choreography of fragile bodies that meet the language of the roman empire. language that moves naked bodies and is moved by them. language, which surprises in its explicitness and challenges our imagination: absorbing, speaking, swallowing, breathing, eating. the five actors take hold of the figures tantalus, furie, atreus, thyestes, messenger. they are at the same time the choir and negotiate the constantly growing thirst for revenge.

a former cafeteria of the siemens factory becomes the location for the choreographic staging: a factory-canteen-architecture for the reproduction of working people and employees in the design of the globalization of the 1980s.

in the negotiation of past and future, the ancient theatre text touches on the present: the violence of myth, which triggers a cycle of competition and the production of revenge, while territory, power, property and (family) solidarity are at stake. fragments of karl marx's „grundrisse der critic der politischen ökonomie" confront seneca's language with economies of the present, the circulation of raw materials, people, goods and capital, until the world sinks into ecological chaos.

a story of the (re)production of guilt and revenge, a conflict about unconditional power and superiority. atreus lets his brother thyestes unknowingly devour his own children. in a cycle of violence, the digestion of one's own children becomes an act of the greatest tenderness. a local youth choir expanded the choral organism in the 4th act of the piece, wandering through space.

botschaft am worringerplatz, düsseldorf 2019
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photos: robin junicke

kasino am kempelenpark, vienna 2019
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photos: eva würdinger

concept/ space/ artistic direction: claudia bosse;
with: rotraud kern (choir+furia), mun wai lee (choir+atreus), nic lloyd (choir+thyestes), lilly prohaska (choir+tantalus), alexandra sommerfeld (choir+messenger),
juri zanger

youth choir düsseldorf: finn cam, nina daumen, sumejja dizdarevic, emma fuhrmeister, friederike kemmether, djordje mandic

youth choir vienna: gabriel blasl, sonia nicole brindus, sumejja dizdarevic, emma edwards, magdalena frauenberger, valentino gallo, anna grobauer, ines kaiser, franz perko, elina elisabeth pratter, josephina radojkovic, hannah resatz, victoria simon, jonas e. tonnhofer, roswitha zeillinger
youth choir: constance cauers (junges volkstheater)

sound/ video: günther auer
technical direction: marco tölzer
critical witness: reinhold görling
assistant to the director: dagmar tröstler
intern: len-henrik busch, ella felber
communication: oliver maus, michael franz woels
press relations: barbara pluch
operations: alexander matthias kosnopfl
stage right: suhrkamp verlag berlin

a production by theatercombinat, in coproduction with fft düsseldorf, supported by wien kultur. visuals supported by resolume. cooperation with junges volkstheater, am kempelenpark

video- or audiorecordings and photography prohibited, entry granted only if over 16 years of age.

anatomy of a revenge

by claudia bosse after «thyestes» by seneca

2nd/4th/5th/9th/11th/12th/15th – 17th october 2019
kasino am kempelenpark
entry: kempelengasse 6
1100 vienna (at)

following some performances there are artist talks with the artistic team and special guests:
on 4th october about "marx and classical cannibalism" with edith hall (classical philology, london)
on 12th october about "choir and choreography" with monika meister (theater scholar)
on 15th october about "desire and anatomy" with anne juren (choreographer)

11th/13th/14th september 2019

fft düsseldorf
botschaft am worringer platz
worringer platz 4
40215 düsseldorf (de)

following the show on the 13th september there is an artist talk with nikolaus müller-schöll (theater scholar), kathrin tiedemann (FFT düsseldorf) and the artistic team, moderated by katja grawinkel (dramaturgy) and verena meis (hhu düsseldorf, german studies).

trailer: günther auer

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