wortwiege: More program in the casemates


After two seasons of the “Bloody Crown” festival, the theater company wortwiege is expanding its artistic operations in the Kasematten in Wiener Neustadt. As of this year, a game plan in two thematic cycles is offered under the title “Wortwiege Kasematten”.

While the cycle “Europe in Scene” is the direct successor to “Bloody Crown”, the second focus “Scene Austria” relies entirely on local authors, according to a broadcast by the organizers.

The pieces will be shown in “Scene Austria” from February 24th to March 13th as so-called scenic sketches, a format that, according to wortwiege, “combines reading, music and staging” and makes texts “experiencable up close in an intimate atmosphere”.

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“A thrilling reinterpretation of a classic – with four women in all roles”, wrote the “Lower Austrian News” last autumn about “Danton’s death”.

The premiere edition is based on works by Theodora Bauer and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach as well as Erwin Riess’ play “Herr Grillparzer takes heart and drives to the Black Sea in a Danube steamer” (top of the picture) about Franz Grillparzer, who died 150 years ago . The short film “The Grandmother” based on the novella by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach with Erni Mangold and Flavio Schily will also be shown.

The aim is a “top-class author theatre”

“With the expansion of the previous performances, we are a big step closer to our goal of building a beacon for top-class author theater and international dialogue in art and science in Wiener Neustadt,” emphasized Anna Maria Krassnigg, the artistic director. She described it as a logical step to give local writers a stage in their own format.

Like its predecessor, “Bloody Crown”, “Europe in the Scene” offers royal dramas from September, but also other European narratives and myths in contemporary versions. The “Salon Royal” dialogue format will also have a kind of framework function in the future. From April to June, further performances of the wortwiege production “Dantons Tod” by Georg Büchner will be shown.

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