The 10 Selected Productions

Das Werk / Im Bus / Ein Sturz [The Works / On the Bus …

By Elfriede Jelinek

Schauspiel Köln

World premiere 29 October 2010
Das Werk / Im Bus / Ein Sturz

Das Werk / Im Bus / Ein Sturz. Thomas Loibl, Julia Wieninger, Lina Beckmann, Laura Sundermann, Susanne Barth

© Klaus Lefebvre

  • 3h 20, one interval

Past Dates

Audience discussion Sat 07 May 23:00
Moderation Barbara Burckhardt

Karin Beier combines three Jelinek plays into one powerful, apocalyptically swelling assessment of humanity. Human hubris and lack of responsibility runs through ‘The Works’, ‘On the Bus’ and ‘A Fall’ like a blood-red thread – from the construction of a power station in the Austrian Alps to the crater in a Munich building site to the collapsing shaft of the Cologne underground. Nature strikes back! And the perpetrators at their desks arrange their files while they sink into the pit which they dug themselves. Beier meets Jelinek with the force of ancient tragedy and biting wit of the satyr plays, with Dionysian orgies and mystical services of mourning. She displays a sense of timing, rhythm, humour and kitsch. She raises her game and pitches the evening into an intoxicated fury of despair at death and redemptive music from worker’s marches to a pas de deux of the elements water and earth. She unleashes a choral oratorio of words the like of which has not been seen since Einar Schleef and morphs the fatal inadequacies of local Cologne politics into tragicomic universality. City theatre in the best sense of the word. Overwhelming theatre in keeping with the spirit of the times.

Vasco Boenisch


Directed by Karin Beier
Stage and Costume Design Johannes Schütz
Composition and Conductor Jörg Gollasch
Choreographie Valentí Rocamora i Torà
Lighting Design Jürgen Kapitein
Dramaturgy Rita Thiele

Susanne Barth, Lina Beckmann, Rosemary Hardy, Thomas Loibl, Caroline Peters, Krzysztof Raczkowski, Laura Sundermann, Michael Weber, Kathrin Wehlisch, Julia Wieninger, Manfred Zapatka

Hannes de Buhr, Theresa Hupp, Torsten Matzke, Eva Maurischat, Ursula Nill, So-Ra Park, Max Pothmann, Tim Servos, Verena Volland

Silvia Bauer, Christoph Corazolla, Yuko Suzuki und
Chor der Zauberflöten e.V. (Köln)
Studenten der Musikhochschule u.a.
Conductor and Coach Carsten Wüster