Su, 07.04.2019
Grosses Haus16:00
For his next creative venture with the Hessian State Ballet, Tim Plegge takes his cue from the 1909 play "Liliom" by Ferenc Molnár, which takes a peek behind the facade of bourgeois society.

In search of a better life, the protagonists of this suburban tale ask themselves the timeless question: can a person change or do we remain inherently the same? How does this circle of life - in which we repeatedly come across the same issues and fall into the same patters - actually work? Can we break free from its monotony? Where does it all lead and is there a better life? For Liliom, a tough, cocky, good-for-nothing carousel barker, this search will soon lead to disaster.  He loses his job after falling in love with Julie, a maid, and rebelling against the carousel operator. Julie, who remains devoted to him, also gets fired.

Soon, this life of free love on the opposite spectrum of a supposedly "healthy" bourgeois society begins to fall apart. Not even Julie's unconditional devotion can appease Liliom, who - although he loves her - often becomes violent towards her. When Julie becomes pregnant and the situation really comes to a head, he becomes involved with the wrong people and takes part in a failed robbery attempt.

Yet he remains convinced: "...even a low-down good-for-nothing can make a man of himself." Will he get a second chance?

Albert Horne conducts the Hessian State Orchestra of Wiesbaden.


Conductor Albert Horne
Choreographer Tim Plegge
Stage Designer Andreas Auerbach
Costume Designer Judith Adam
Dramaturgy Karin Dietrich