An Enemy of the People

An Enemy o
f the People

An Enemy of the People / Volksfeind for Future / based on Henrik Ibsen / by Lothar Kittstein / Directed by Volker Lösch

Direction
Volker Lösch

 

Costume and Set Design
Carola Reuther

 

Choral Director
Sandra Bezler

 

Video Design
Robi Voigt

 

Dramaturgy
Janine Ortiz

 

With
Minna Wündrich (Mayor)
Glenn Goltz (Husband)
Cennet Rüya Voß (Daughter)
Charlie Schrein (Son)
Claudia Hübbecker (Editor)
Jonas Friedrich Leonhardi (Works Council)
Rainer Philippi (Managing Director)
 Philipp Alfons Heitmann (CEO)

Climate Activists
Esra Atanasova, Nora Beisel, Lena Berghaus, René Boddice, Sara Lin Chen, Kester Elfroth, Nathanael Evers, Emma Fuhrmeister, Janna Gangolf, Sina Göttmann, Gesa van gen Hassend, Jan-Moritz Hoffmann, Greta Kolb, Oskar Lüttmann, Emilio Maestro, John-Frederik Reeg, Linus Reimann, Rebecca Roche, Juliane Sattler, Hanna Lei Shen

Isn't 18-year-old Greta Thunberg right with her clear analysis? Is the world really at a loss for answers when it comes to the future of our planet? Volker Lösch, who is known for his incorporation of amateur choirs, stages Ibsen's classic about environmental protection, power and morality together with young people from Düsseldorf and environmental activists, thus making the piece a highly topical testimony of our times.

 

Climate change remains our most urgent issue. But while the diagnosis is simple, the solution appears complicated. Last year’s »Fridays for Future« demonstrations where schoolchildren around the world gathered to protest against the climate emergency have not achieved the breakthrough that was hoped for. This protest is now taking on a new form. The bitter conflict between morality and financial interests is also described by Henrik Ibsen, whose drama »An Enemy of the People« is in no way inferior to contemporary discussions about the implementation of urgently needed measures to protect the environment. Director Volker Lösch and author Lothar Kittstein have therefore decided to over-write this environmental classic from 1882 for today’s stage. Inspired by young environmental activists from Düsseldorf and together with actors from the ensemble they examine the complex relationship between the climate crisis, resistance and defence of the status quo. The story is moved to – where else? – the »most beautiful city on the Rhine«, whose Mayor has successfully secured subsidy for a new factory to build electronic cars…

 

Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Germany, Premiere 2020

in German with English subtitles

 

duration 1:50h

 

January 29th, 2021, 7pm (available until midnight) on thalia-theater.de/en/lessingtage

LT 2021 Volksfeind for Future - Düsseldofer Schauspielhaus- Bonusmaterial
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