World premiere


Theaterkollektiv Pièrre.Vers
A reinactment about Majdanek III


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Duration: ca. 120 min.

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26 November 1975: The Majdanek trial, file number 8 Ks 1/75, begins in the Düsseldorf District Court – one of the longest and most elaborate trials in German post-war history. After 30 years, former SS guards and concentration camp guards of the Majdanek concentration and extermination camp in Poland are charged for their actions. School classes are also in the courtroom. They are supposed to experience history at first hand. But soon a number of questions arise for Gerrit Niehaus and his classmates: How should the behaviour of those involved in the trial be assessed? How far has the reappraisal of German history really come? And what light does this shed on their future, i.e. our present?

The Theaterkolletiv Pièrre.Vers continues its highly successful work on historical material anchored in the city of Düsseldorf. After Schwarz-helle Nacht and Aktion: Aktion! the team around director Christof Seeger-Zurmühlen and author Juliane Hendes delves deep into the greatest crime in human history. Powerful testimonies are juxtaposed with legal claims of reappraisal. People who cannot forget meet those who do not want to remember. On the basis of true events, a torrent of opinions and positions gradually develops that reaches far into the present. It lends a decades-long dimension to today’s struggle for the prerogative of interpreting history.

Eine Produktion von Theaterkollektiv Pièrre.Vers in Koproduktion mit dem asphalt Festival und dem düsseldorf festival 2021, gefördert vom Fonds Darstellende Künste, dem Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, der Kunststiftung NRW, dem Kulturamt Düsseldorf, der Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, der Bürgerstiftung Düsseldorf, in Kooperation mit der Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Düsseldorf, der Jüdischen Gemeinde Düsseldorf, der Gesellschaft für Christlich-Jüdische Zusammenarbeit Düsseldorf e. V. und dem Evangelischen Kirchenkreis Düsseldorf

with Anna Magdalena Beetz, Julia Dillmann, Paul Jumin Hoffmann, Gosia Konieczna, Christoph Leszczynski, Jonathan Schimmer, Alexander Steindorf, Pablo Vuletic

Director, concept: Christof Seeger-Zurmühlen
Text, dramaturgy: Juliane Hendes
Set, costume: Simone Grieshaber
Composition: Bojan Vuletic
Illustration: NN
Video: Philippe Waldecker
Sound design: Philipp Kaminsky
Production assistance: Nastasia Radtke

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