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Escaping Helden­platz (UA)

Mixed Reality Experience

Nach Thomas Bernhard


KGI – Büro für nicht übertragbare Angelegenheiten, Köln

In his last play, Thomas Bernhard used the story of a Jewish family in Vienna to examine the extent of anti-Semitism in 1988. The premiere at the Burgtheater became the biggest theater scandal after '45 and could only take place under police protection due to calls for a boycott, physical attacks and death threats. In KGI's interpretation of "Heldenplatz," the audience embarks on a search for traces of the scandal and of the anti-Semitism
of today: what happens when we dare to look into the abyss of the past?

By means of VR glasses, the spectator:inside is transported into a nightmare of the unconscious that attempts to look behind the polished facades of the seemingly undamaged culture industry. A rapturous odyssey between VR and theater, guilt and the unconscious, past and present begins.

Funded by: Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen im Rahmen von NEUE WEGE in Zusammenarbeit mit dem NRW KULTURsekretariat.



Premier: 09.11.23


ca. 50 minutes


Theater an der Ruhr
Akazienallee 61
45478 Theater an der Ruhr


  • Arthur Romanowski
  • Mike Vojnar
  • Johnny Mhanna


  • Maria Vogt
    concept/text, direction/dramaturgy
  • Simon Kubisch
    concept/text, direction/dramaturgy
  • Dominik Meder
    concept/text, direction/dramaturgy, AI Animations
  • Marcel Nascimento
  • Sara Sabri
  • Alexander Bauer
  • Markus Wagner
  • Ben Fischer

Introduction Escaping Heldenplatz (UA)

A conversation with Dominik Meder, Simon Kubisch, Maria Vogt and Sara Sabri from KGI.

  • CBplayer 1.7.0


Deutschlandfunk Kultur FAZIT, Dotothea Marcus

"The VR installation [...] is of the highest artistic quality. [...] This spinning through space and time and the fact that these continuities of anti-Semitism exist are masterfully brought together here"

"It is simply breathtaking and almost spooky how the production tells [the newly awakening anti-Semitism]"