The 10 Selected Productions
By Ingmar Bergman
Translation Renate Bleibtreu
Deutsches Theater, Berlin / Malmö Stadsteater
Premiere Malmö 15 September 2018
Premiere Berlin 30 November 2018
Theatertreffen-newcomer Anna Bergmann adapts Ingmar Bergman’s experimental film for the stage and sceptically questions the construction of female identity.
- 1 h 30 min / long version 2 h 30 min, without interval
- In German with English surtitles
The experienced nurse Alma takes care of Elisabet, a celebrated actor who has fallen silent. In a house by the sea, the two unequal women spend a carefree summer – until the situation between them shifts. Director Anna Bergmann has adapted Ingmar Bergman’s experimental film for the stage and, supported by two strong actors, interweaves questions about the construction of a person’s identity into an intense study on power, trust, role images and the desire to slip into a different life.
Anna Bergmann re-narrates Ingmar Bergman’s avant-garde experimental film – and turns it into a psychological in-depth exploration of female identity. The relationship between the actor Elisabet, who has fallen silent, and her lively nurse Alma becomes an intimate psycho-duel between the great actors Corinna Harfouch and Karin Lithman, a duel that takes more than a few unexpected new turns and cuts across many a taboo and cliché. The show explores how women are tortured by the images they are expected to conform to, how they compare and measure and burn themselves out – finally replacing each other. Where is the line between one’s own identity and assigned (female) roles? The show’s content finds an intelligent equivalent in its form: Depending on which country the play is performed in, the actors switch roles, thus finding a way to include the age-old theatre conflict of jealousy in the story.
Directed by Anna Bergmann
Stage Design Jo Schramm
Costume Design Lane Schäfer
Music Hannes Gwisdek
Lighting Design Sven Erik Andersson
Video Sebastian Pircher
Dramaturgy Sonja Anders, Felicia Ohly
Mrs Elisabet Vogler Karin Lithman
Sister Alma Corinna Harfouch
Doctor Franziska Machens
Mr Vogler Andreas Grötzinger