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Das Haus von Bernarda Alba - Schauspielhaus Zürich
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Das Haus von
Bernarda Alba

Credits: Reto Schmid

by Trajal Harrell / Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble
Adapted from the play by Federico García Lorca
Staging and Choreography: Trajal Harrell

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.

To be seen in two versions: The Hour and The Bomb.
The bomb is harrell’s distillation of the destruction at the heart of Lorca’s play. Set to Giya Kanchelli’s unmistakeable “time and again,” the three together- lorca, kanchelli, and harrell with nine outstanding performers-  create a unique enchantment for the eyes, ears, and visceral senses- a not so subtle attack in butoh style.

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 Charlotte 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
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 23.6.
Introduction: Miriam Ibrahim, Dramaturgy

Image gallery & Videos

Bits on Pieces
More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.
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.