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Castle Heldenplatz 3D

or The Great Irritation


KGI - Office for Non-Communicable Affairs.

1988. Vienna. Claus Peymann stages Thomas Bernhard's play Heldenplatz at the Burgtheater and triggers a "theatre scandal" at the time. Austrian society reacts irritably to individual passages of the text that have been leaked in advance: "6.5 million debiles", "more Nazis than in 1938", "Austria as a mindless and cultureless cesspit". The whole of Austria is outraged across all political camps and classes and intoxicates itself with the scandal. Calls for boycotts, death threats, demonstrations, applause. 
After intensive research, interviews and conversations, KGI produces a rousing virtual reality experience in which the audience finds itself as the protagonist in the frenzy of the Heldenplatz scandal and thus embarks on a search for traces and causes of the great irritation of the present. Documentary material meets Thomas Bernhard granteleia. Our protagonist also embarks on the dangerous venture of remembering and threatens to lose herself in it, to go berserk as well, in which she initially encounters the madness of our time without a care in the world.

She encounters ghosts of the past, contemporary witnesses with Jewish ancestors, Thomas Bernhard, Claus Peymann, Kurt Waldheim and confronts the question: What do we have to lose when we dare to look into the abyss, the unspeakable of the German and Austrian past? 

Eine Produktion von KGI in Koproduktion mit dem Theater an der Ruhr im Rahmen "Theater der erweiterten Realitäten" und Ringlokschuppen Ruhr

Projektpartner: Mirevi (HSD) und Akademie für Theater und Digitalität

Förderer: Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Kunststiftung NRW und Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen im Rahmen der Spitzenförderung und im Rahmen von NEUE WEGE in Zusammenarbeit mit dem NRW KULTURsekretariat.

From and with: Maria Vogt, Simon Kubisch, Dominik Meder, Alexander Bauer, Arthur Romanowski, Mike Vojnar, Johnny Mhanna, Eva Lochner, Anna Bründl, Marcel Nascimento, Marie Hewelt

ConCept, Text, Direction: Maria Vogt, Alexander Bauer, Simon Kubisch, Dominik Meder, Arthur Romanowski

Dramaturgie: Marie Hewelt, Anna Bründl

XR-Design: Alexander Bauer


Registration by telephone is required: 0208 599 01 88


30 minutes