Literature and theater in Frankfurt (Oder): This year, the Kleist Festival gets to the bottom of “truth”.
Literature and theater in Frankfurt (Oder)
The Kleist Festival gets to the bottom of the “truth” this year
Under the motto “The truth is …” there will be readings, theater and performances in Frankfurt (Oder) over the next eleven days. The eponymous playwright, for whom a new exhibition is opening, is also not neglected at the Kleist Festival.
Theater and literature fans can get their money’s worth in the Frankfurt Kleist Forum over the next eleven days: At the “Kleist Festival” [kleistfesttage.de] Under the motto “The truth is …” the focus is on topics such as the search for orientation, honesty and credibility. “Whether playful, funny, sad, innovative, traditional, disturbing, virtuoso or very quiet – there is something for really everything,” promises Florian Vogel, artistic director of the Kleist Forum.
There are around 20 different events in total, including a poetry slam, a mask theater and a new Kleist exhibition. In a mixture of “performance, installation and radio play” you can, for example, put yourself in the situation of a climate refugee, “that’s something where we approach it very experimentally,” says Vogel. “We also try to let Heinrich von Kleist’s great drama characters meet.” This happens on the stage of the Kleist Forum. The actors Sandra Hüller and Jens Harzer meet in a scenic reading as Käthchen and Count Wetter vom Strahl. Actor Thomas Thieme lends his voice to the village judge Adam and the general Robert Guiskard in the same place.
Kleist Prize goes to Amir Gudarzi
The highlight of the festival is the presentation of the Kleist Promotional Prize for young playwrights. This year it goes to Amir Gudarzi for his play “Wonderwomb”.
Here the author tells a story about oil: as a symbol for the transformation of the world, which keeps the engine of capitalism running and for which people die risk everything. Overall, the piece is characterized by “great linguistic accuracy, a variety of sounds and a complex wealth of forms,” according to the jury. The author presents “a panorama of the world” and formulates “the invitation to debate”. “We found the material breathtaking,” praised Vogel, head of the Kleist Forum, adding that Gudarzi’s reflection was very contemporary.
The prize will be handed over on Thursday evening. This will be followed by the Frankfurt premiere. It was produced by the Hessisches Landestheater Marburg (HLTM) in cooperation with the Frankfurt Kleist Forum. Directed by Eva Lange, one of the two directors of the HLTM.
Special exhibition “Kleist romantic”
A new special exhibition on the namesake Heinrich von Kleist will also open in the Kleist Museum on October 8th. It deals with the question of whether the playwright, who was born in Frankfurt (Oder), was also a romantic.
Even if he cannot be assigned to a specific epoch from a scientific point of view, the exhibition shows parallels and differences to romantic contemporaries such as Joseph von Eichendorff or ETA Hoffmann. With the help of various interactive stations, texts, images and installations, visitors can get an idea of how romantic Kleist’s works are. The special exhibition can be seen until January 15, 2023.
Every year in October, the Kleist Festival honors the poet Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811), who was born in Frankfurt (Oder) – and has done so since 1992. Kleist is best known for the “historical knight play” “Das Käthchen von Heilbronn”, his Comedies “The Broken Jug” and “Amphitryon”, the tragedy “Penthesilea” and for his novellas “Michael Kohlhaas” and “The Marquise of O…”.
Broadcast: Antenne Brandenburg, October 6th, 2022, 2:10 p.m