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Der Kirschgarten

© Zoé Aubry

After: Anton Tschechow
Staging: Yana Ross

The cherry orchard must be sold. And it will be sold too. When landlady Ranevskaya returns to her childhood estate after years abroad, land tenure laws and power relations have changed, and the relationships being so new are still too fragile to provide a foundation for the future. Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard is the story of a social shift. Rises and falls through the structures of wealth loosen the cement binding society together. By trying to describe what could provide a strong foundation for living together as a community, director Yana Ross shines a light through visible and invisible social differences and arranges locals and immigrants into a family con- stellation. For her first production in Zurich, she covers Switzerland in cherry trees. Who now owns this land that was once worked and occupied by farmers? Who has a share in this ownership through their origins, social class and bank balance? And how far is this soil an inner land: where do we put down roots mentally and emotionally, when our common anchor point is a shared story about what home is? To find out what can bind a society together, it is necessary to find out what divides it. The Cherry Orchard lies under Zurich, as a manifesto and contested terrain.

Yana Ross
Set Design
Justyna  Elminowska
Zane Pihlström
Jonas Redig
Vilius Vilutis
Algirdas Gradauskas
Live Video
Julian Gresenz (live Kamera)
Evelina Stampa
Fadrina Arpagaus
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Audience Development
Elena Manuel
Drama Teacher
Patrick Oes
Production assistant
Sultan Çoban
Set design assistant
Eva Willenegger
Costume assistant
Liv Senn, Paula Henrike Herrmann
Staging trainee
Lisa Walder, Evelina Stampa
Dramaturgy trainee
Emma Lou Herrmann, Talisa Walser
Costume trainee
Séverine Antille
Stage manager
Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski
Rita von Horváth
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Unterstützt vom Förder Circle des Schauspielhauses

  • 2 hours 40 minutes, incl 1 break
  • Premiere: 14. December 2019, Pfauen
  • Recommended age: 16 and above
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 16.12., 18.12. and 21.12., 07.01., 14.01., 16.01., 22.01., 24.01., 25.01., 30.01., 11.02., 18.02. and 09.04.

Image gallery & Videos

Bits on Pieces
More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.
Statt zu fliegen,
hüpfe ich wie eine Henne

Die Schauspielerin Danuta Stenka trifft auf die Produktionsassistentin Maja Renn.

Abgeholzte Leben, abgewirtschaftete Seelen

Der Erfahrungsbericht von Ilma Rakusa über die Premiere von Der Kirschgarten

Alle lachen, und niemand weiss, worüber

Gedankenexperiment von Lukas Bärfuss zu Der Kirschgarten