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Germania. Römischer Komplex (UA)



The Italian collective Anagoor is one of Theater an der Ruhr's ongoing artistic collaborators. Their visually powerful, highly musical and internationally acclaimed works have been guests at Theater an der Ruhr several times. Following " Sokrates der Überlebende", "Germania.Römischer Komplex" is her second production at Theater an der Ruhr. Anagoor is, among other things, winner of the Silver Lion at the 46th Venice International Theatre Biennale.

The starting point of Germania.Römischer Komplex (UA) is Tacitus' ethnographic account "Germania", published at the end of the first century A.D. In his juxtaposition of the Roman Empire with, from his point of view, the stranger per se, the Germanic, Tacitus asserted an impermeable frontier, which to this day is a blueprint for the invention of the stranger. Not without reason, the text is said to be one of the most dangerous of our cultural circle.

Power wants to forget, the poet wants to remember. With texts by Durs Grünbein, Antonella Anedda, Frank Bidart and Tacitus in his luggage, Simone Derai goes back to the bone field of the Varus Battle. To the place where for him the mixed bones of the fallen Romans and Germanic tribes tell of the common destinies of those who then as now protect or cross national borders.

Actors in the video

Petra von der Beek
Dagmar Geppert
Klaus Herzog
Fabio Menéndez
Steffen Reuber
Gabriella Weber

Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Shortlist Berliner Theatertreffen 2023




ca. 110 minutes


Theater an der Ruhr
Akazienallee 61
45478 Theater an der Ruhr



  • Simone Derai
  • Paola Barbon
  • Patrizia Vercesi
  • Marco Menegoni
  • Mauro Martinuz
    Music & Sounddesign
  • Simone Derai
    Video director
  • Giulio Favotto
  • Jochen Jahncke
  • Svea Menne
    Assistant director