Der Mensch
erscheint im Holozän

© Eike Walkenhorst


A visual poem after Max Frisch
Staging: Alexander Giesche


Invited to 57. Berliner Theatertreffen
​3sat award winner

A mountain slides and someone loses their memory. Such is the reduced framework of Max Frisch's story Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän, which was published 40 years ago. Both, the protagonist Herr Geiser and the mountain gently drift into oblivion. The catastrophe lasts and beauty can be found in it. Under an almost tender gaze, the human being and dementia sufferer Mr. Geiser disappears in the narrative - and instead of the earth's mass, a self is slowly eroding here. Alexander Giesche's staging, which oscillates in its aesthetics between the virtual and the analog, between simulation and the all too real, makes the beauty of a catastrophe and its potential for healing palpable. And it poses the question of whether recognizing one's own finiteness might not also facilitate a new beginning.


Alexander Giesche
Set Design
Nadia Fistarol
Luis August Krawen
Felix Lübkemann
Ludwig Abraham
Frank Bittermann
Joshua Wicke
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Audience Development
Philine Erni
Drama Teacher
Patrick Oes
Drama teacher assistant
Nadir Ak
Costume assistant
Ulf Brauner
Set design assistant
Marie Hartung
Production assistant
Natascha Zander
Extra (Children)
Benjamin Bubica, Rosa Curi, Alexia Finocchiaro-Piu, Julia Kalberer, Matti Kramer, Cara Stäger
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Supported by Ars Rhenia
Mit Dank an Stone Island

  • 1 hour 50 minutes, plus screening afterwards
  • Premiere: 23. January 2019, Pfauen
  • Pfauen
  • Recommended age: 16 and above
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 23.09., 26.09., 28.09., 30.09.(pay what you want), 3.10., 8.10. and 21.11.
    Attention: Use of stroboscopes and fog!

    For the duration of the pandemic, we will also publish the introductions as podcasts on the website of the respective play. Live introductions in the theatre will continue to be offered before every performance of a repertoire production (except Sundays and holidays).
    Introduction: Joshua Wicke, Dramaturgy
Monday 28.09. 20:00 - 21:50 Pfauen
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Wednesday 30.09. 20:00 - 21:50 Pfauen
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Saturday 03.10. 20:00 - 21:50 Pfauen
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Sunday 04.10. 16:00 - 17:50 Pfauen
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Thursday 08.10. 20:00 - 21:50 Pfauen
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Sunday 25.10. 16:00 - 17:50 Pfauen
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Saturday 21.11. 20:00 - 21:50 Pfauen
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Friday 04.12. 20:00 Pfauen
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