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Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän - Schauspielhaus Zürich

Der Mensch
erscheint im Holozän

© Eike Walkenhorst

A visual poem after Max Frisch
Staging: Alexander Giesche

​3sat award winner: 57. Berliner Theatertreffen
Nestroy Prize Winner: Best German Performance

As part of the Streamy Thursday series, we present the 3sat recording on January 7, 2021, followed by a live discussion on Zoom, at 9pm on this site (for free).


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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