The 10 Selected Productions

Die lächerliche Finsternis (The Ridiculous Darkness)

By Wolfram Lotz
Burgtheater, Vienna

World premiere 6 September 2014
Die lächerliche Finsternis

Die lächerliche Finsternis. Stefanie Reinsperger, Catrin Striebeck, Frida-Lovisa Hamann, Dorothee Hartinger

© Reinhard Maximilian Werner

  • Duration 2h, one interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Public discussion on 14 May, following the performance
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Bar

Author Wolfram Lotz uses Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” to enter into a collision course with the present. Dušan David Pařizek puts the pedal to the metal and as a result, it’s not just particles of reality that blow up in our faces, but wood shavings, too: Four splendid actresses proceed to shred the stage floor. There are many glimpses of the things that worry us: from coltan mining to the overfishing of the oceans, from the Balkan Wars to our relationship with Islam. The performance pits the anarchy of the theatre against the insanity of reality. “The impossible theatre is the eternal demand”, says Lotz. With great gusto, Pařízek takes this demand as seriously as possible.

Directed by, stage design Dušan David Pařízek
Costume design Kamila Polívková
Lighting design Felix Dreyer
Dramaturgy Klaus Missbach

Frida-Lovisa Hamann
Dorothee Hartinger
Stefanie Reinsperger
Catrin Striebeck