Am Königsweg

By Elfriede Jelinek

Swiss premiere

Direction Stefan Pucher / Stage Design Barbara Ehnes / Costumes and Puppets Annabelle Witt / Music Christopher Uhe / Video Chris Kondek / Video Assistant Ruth Stofer
Cast Sandra Gerling, Henrike Johanna Jörissen, Isabelle Menke, Elisa Plüss, Miriam Maertens, Julia Kreusch, Becky Lee Walters, Réka Csiszér

Sandra Gerling
Henrike Johanna Jörissen
Isabelle Menke
Elisa Plüss
Miriam Maertens
Julia Kreusch
Live Music Becky Lee Walters
Live Music Réka Csiszér
 
Direction Stefan Pucher
Stage Design Barbara Ehnes
Costumes and Puppets Annabelle Witt
Music Christopher Uhe
Video Chris Kondek
Video Assistant Ruth Stofer
Lighting Frank Bittermann
Choir Christine Gross
Puppet Trainer Dorothee Metz
Literary Manager Andreas Karlaganis
Assistant Director Marco Milling
Assistant Stage Designer Sandra Antille
Assistant Costume Designer Selina Tholl
Literary Assistant Benjamin Große
Internship Direction Linda Etter, Mirjam Berger
Prompter János Stefan Buchwardt
Stage Management Michael Durrer

“To me, the King doesn’t look as if he wants to do anything at all. Except incur debts – but that’s also our fault.”

Elfriede Jelinek’s sombre, meandering text focuses on kings governing worlds and the prophets/prophetesses who comment on their rule. Both are afflicted by blindness. The author takes a look at current global developments, letting motifs from mythology and western cultural history shine through, paraphrasing, counteracting and lampooning them as “visionary poetess” who eternally passes comment. “King” Donald Trump, who owes his supremacy to his activities as a property dealer, casino operator and reality TV performer, stands in the context of a world system whose power and ownership structures are based on credit and debt. Jelinek prophesies that those who have always accompanied civilisation as poets and thinkers will eventually fall silent.

Pfauen

  • Stadt Zurich
  • Swiss Re
  • Zürcher Kantonalbank
  • Migros