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01. December 2022
Obituary for actress Christiane Hörbiger

The actress Christiane Hörbiger, who was a member of the ensemble at the Schauspielhaus Zürich for around 20 years, died yesterday, Wednesday, at the age of 84 in her native city of Vienna. Hörbiger, daughter of the famous couple Paula Wessely and Attila Hörbiger, was one of the most successful actresses in the German-speaking world. She won numerous awards and was also known for her work in film and television. Hörbiger made her theatre debut in 1959 at the Burgtheater. As part of guest performances, she also took part in the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Salzburger Festspiele, where she played, among other things, in Jedermann (Everyone) from 1969 to 1972, directed by Leopold Lindtberg. From 1967 to 1985 she was engaged at the Schauspielhaus Zürich, where she worked with Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Werner Düggelin and Benno Besson, among others.

In Zurich, she was best known for her roles as Eve in Kleist’s Der zerbrochene Krug (The Broken Jug) 1969, Marthe in Goethe’s Urfaust 1970, Marie in Büchner’s Woyzeck (directed by Friedrich Dürrenmatt) 1972, Kate in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate,  (directed by Horst Balzer) 1973, Elisabeth in Schiller's Maria Stuart (directed by Harry Buckwitz) 1975, Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (directed by Gerhard Klingenberg) 1978, Arkadina in Chekhov’s The Seagull 1980 and Alte in Ionesco’s Die Stühle (The Chairs) 1985, both directed by Werner Düggelin, and Gertrude in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (directed by Benno Besson) 1983.

28. November 2022
“Der Faust” for Paul Hankinson and Jonas Holle

The two artists Paul Hankinson und Jonas Holle were awarded the theater prize “Der Faust” in the category Sound & Media for their music in Das neue Leben – where do we go from here? The prize is awarded since 2006 by the German Stage Association in cooperation with the states, the Cultural Foundation of the States and the German Academy of Performing Arts. Das neue Leben - where do we go from here? is a production by our in-house director Christopher Rüping, which premiered last year at the Schauspielhaus Bochum and can be seen in Zurich as well this season. We are very pleased about the great response this work has received, both from professional juries and audiences: the production was already invited to last year’s Theatertreffen (the jury wrote: “A courageous, surprising, virtuosic evening of acting and music that stimulates our (post-)pandemic longing for encounter and new beginnings, addressing the heart and going straight to the heart.“) and “Der Faust” for Paul and Jonas is now the continuation of this success story. We congratulate warmly and look forward to welcoming the piece back on stage in Zurich in February!

19. October 2022
Gemeinsam gegen Hass

Vergangenen Sonntag störten  Rechtsradikale eine  Kinderveranstaltung im Tanzhaus Zürich.

„Drag Story Time“, ein Vorleseformat für Kinder (!) von drei bis zehn Jahren, wurde von Rechtsradikalen massiv gestört. Die Künstler*innen und vor allem auch die Gäste des Events wurden stark erschreckt. Das Format vermittelt Diversität, Toleranz und Inklusion und lebt von einem offenen Diskurs über Geschlechteridentitäten und Rollenvorbildern. Wir verurteilen diese Aktion aufs Schärfste und stehen Seite an Seite mit den betroffenen Künstler*innen und Organisator*innen. Wir solidarisieren uns mit dem Tanzhaus Zürich und stehen gemeinsam ein gegen Hass, Ausgrenzung und rechtsradikale Propaganda.

Wir zeigen uns besorgt über derzeitige Eskalationen in Debatten, die mit einer zunehmenden Feindseligkeit geführt werden und sprechen uns für eine Kultur aus, die mit Neugier statt Empörung, mit Zuhören satt Wut und mit Toleranz statt Frust reagiert. Und wo man versucht, aufeinander zuzugehen. Wo Kritik in Form von konstruktiven Debatten geführt werden kann und soll. Wir wollen weiterhin selbst dazu beitragen.

Diese Tat gilt es von allen klar und bedingungslos zu verurteilen.

 

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