Das Haus von Bernarda Alba

Staging: Trajal Harrell
Adapted from the play by Federico Garcìa Lorca

Shortly before the Second World War, Federico García Lorca writes the play The House of Bernarda Alba, in which a family of grieving women is left hopelessly at the mercy of their repressed desires. Now, Trajal Harrell leads these women to the door of two “houses”. He leads them to the lavish fashion houses of Paris, the “maisons” of Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga and other great couture designers. He also introduces them to the dazzling “houses” of voguing – like the House of Xtravaganza, the House of Ebony and the House of Ninja – sites of community since the 1970s for mostly queer and often Latinx and African American dancers since that have used style and pride to challenge exclusion and injustice. In Harrell’s house on the Pfauen-Stage, the houses of high culture and subculture will meet to experience their confluence in, as with his earlier works, the deep emotion of butoh.


Staging, Stage Design, Costumes, Soundtrack
Trajal Harrell
Stage Design
Erik Flatmo / Trajal Harrell
Stéfane Perraud
Rehearsal Directors
Stephen Thompson / Maria Ferreira Silva
Cooperation stage design
Eva Lillian Wagner
Katinka Deecke / Miriam Ibrahim
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Audience Development
Mathis Neuhaus
Touring & International Relations
Björn Pätz
Production Assistance
Camille Roduit
Costume design assistance
Mona Eglsoer
Production intern
Lenita Edward
Stage design intern
Rhena Geiger
Costume design intern
Fátima-Frida Salum Said
Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski
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A production of the Schauspielhaus Zürich with the Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble

Supported by Zürcherische Seidenindustrie Gesellschaft & Hulda und Gustav Zumsteg-Stiftung

  • Zürich-Premiere: 9. September 2022, Pfauen
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  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 21.9. and 26.9.
Friday 09.09. 20:00 Pfauen
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Sunday 18.09. 16:00 Pfauen
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Wednesday 21.09. 19:00 Pfauen
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Wednesday 21.09. 21:00 Pfauen
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Thursday 22.09. 19:00 Pfauen
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Thursday 22.09. 21:00 Pfauen
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Sunday 25.09. 19:00 Pfauen
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Monday 26.09. 19:00 Pfauen
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Monday 26.09. 21:00 Pfauen
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The Directors Talk
About Season 22/23

In seven short videos, Trajal Harrell, Nicolas Stemann, Yana Ross, Christopher Rüping, Suna Gürler, Wu Tsang and Stas Zhyrkov talk about their plans for the upcoming theatre season.

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