Drama

Egmont!

Based on texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Heiner Müller
Performed in German

Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
Photo: Andreas Etter
Rainer Kühn
Photo: Andreas Etter
Janning Kahnert, Janina Schauer
Photo: Andreas Etter
Evelyn M. Faber, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Ensemble
Photo: Andreas Etter
Daniel Sträßer
Photo: Andreas Etter
Daniel Sträßer, Ulrich Rechenbach, Evelyn M. Faber, Uwe Kraus, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
Photo: Andreas Etter
Rainer Kühn
Photo: Andreas Etter
Daniel Sträßer, Janning Kahnert
Photo: Andreas Etter
Daniel Sträßer, Ulrich Rechenbach, Janina Schauer, Evelyn M. Faber, Uwe Kraus
Photo: Andreas Etter
Evelyn M. Faber
Photo: Andreas Etter
Ulrich Rechenbach, Rainer Kühn
Photo: Andreas Etter
Janning Kahnert
Photo: Andreas Etter

Brussels during the mid-16th century provides the historical context. Our eponymous hero, the carefree, zealous libertarian Count Egmont, whose principles are highly popular amongst the citizens, is by nature rather an apolitical person. He becomes ensnared in politics when a rebellion against the Spanish Regency begins to rage in the Dutch province and the Duke of Alba, a man at the forefront of the power system, strikes back with a vengeance. Alba is acutely aware of Egmont’s influence over the people and uses his power to find devices against him within the political turmoil. Egmont, whose power over Alba lies mainly in his winning personality, negates the impending danger for as long as possible, until it is too late and he is sentenced to death.

The controversy surrounding the dialectics of domination and freedom between Egmont and Alba continues beyond Egmont’s death through Alba’s young son Ferdinand who is – interestingly – a genuine admirer of Egmont. Interweaving the private and political spheres once again, Goethe represents statesmanlike conflict not only as a family struggle, but also one surpassing generations.

Director Johanna Wehner blends the classic Goethe text with fragments from Heiner Müller’s “Leben Gundlings Friedrich von Preußen Lessings Schlaf Traum Schrei” (Gundling's Life Frederick of Prussia Lessings Sleep Dream Scream), which constructs a type of blueprint through the cracks of history. In this way, Müller gives a voice to various ‘damaged’ and ‘dismantled’ figures from classic dramas and German history in an unexpected variation of freedom and liberty.

Cast

Director Johanna Wehner
Stage Designer Elisabeth Vogetseder
Costume Designer Ellen Hofmann
Music Felix Johannes Lange
Dramaturgy Anna-Sophia Güther
Margaret of Parma Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
William of Orange Daniel Sträßer
Machiavelli / Mother Evelyn M. Faber
Count Egmont Janning Kahnert
Richard / Silva, Gomez Uwe Kraus
Duke of Alba Rainer Kühn
Ferdinand / Brackenburg Ulrich Rechenbach
Clara Janina Schauer