Protection from the Future

A theatrical-musical project by Christoph Marthaler

Protection from the Future

Protection from the Future

© Dorothea Wimmer

  • 3 h 45 min, one interval

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Schutz vor der Zukunft (Protection from the Future) is a theatrical and musical performance exploring the politics of exclusion and selection in the past and the future, and looking specifically at the crimes that were perpetrated during the Third Reich against hundreds of mentally and physically disabled children in the Vienna nursing home “Am Spiegelgrund”. This is theatre about something that cannot be narrated or related, and about the fear of what may still be possible.

Christoph Marthaler received the NESTROY theatre prize for best direction in Vienna in 2005 for Schutz vor der Zukunft. The play was also selected for the Theatertreffen 2006 in Berlin.


Directed by Christoph Marthaler
Directing Collaborator Michael Schröder
Rehearsing of the Songs Rosemary Hardy
Space and Installations Duri Bischoff
Costume Design Sarah Schittek
Concept Stefanie Carp, Markus Hinterhäuser

With Rosemary Hardy, Markus Hinterhäuser, Ueli Jäggi, Jürg Kienberger, Katja Kolm, Bernhard Landau, Josef Ostendorf, Nicolas Rosat, Clemens Sienknecht, Bettina Stucky and Jeroen Willems

Production Wiener Festwochen
Coproduction with spielzeiteuropa | Berliner Festspiele, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe Paris, International Chekhov Theatre Festival Moscow, Goethe-Institut and NTGent
Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds