The 10 Selected Productions

Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln (Atlas of Remote Islands)

By Judith Schalansky
Schauspiel Hannover

World premiere 21 September 2014
Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln

Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln. Mikael Rudolfsson, Maria Pache, Sophie Krauß, Iris Maron

© Karl-Bernd Karwasz

  • Duration 1h 20, no interval

Past Dates

Public discussion on 6 May, following the performance

What civilised man misses most on remote islands is music. So he concentrates on the natural rhythms and sounds: the rush of the waves, the crackle of the trees, the song of the wind, the noises made by animals and spirits. That is why for Swiss director and musician Thom Luz, the translation of stories from the isles is a matter of the heart. He allows spirit-like sounds to waft through the open three-storey stairwell of a former museum of local history, and persuades some of the dead from seafaring history to appear as barefoot apostles for Judith Schalansky’s “Atlas of Remote Islands”. To the peculiar strains of brass, strings and drums, these ships’ goblins whisper, breathe and murmur strange tales of treasure hunters, dreamers and defiers of death, who rounded the globe in the search of the virginal moment – until the atom bomb scuttled the desire for paradise and its music with a bang. This is a delicate show, quiet and at times invisible – and that’s what makes it a true theatrical treasure.

Directed by Thom Luz
Stage design Demian Wohler
Costume design Tina Bleuler
Dramaturgy Judith Gerstenberg
Musical director Mathias Weibel

Beatrice Frey
Oscar Olivo
Sophie Krauß
Günther Harder
Paul Schwesig

Maria Pache
Karoline Steidl
Iris Maron
Mikael Rudolfsson / Matthias Brennecke