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Montblanc & Salzburg Festival Young Directors Project
Universität Mozarteum Salzburg • YDP II • 36566 Tage

Co-production with the Salzburg Mozarteum University,

Department of Acting, Direction, Stage Design

World premiere

Duration approx. 4 hours.

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CREATIVE TEAM

Hans-Werner Kroesinger, Director
Christoph Lepschy, David Tushingham, Dramaturgy

CAST

Alexander L. Bauer, Valentin Baumeister, Peter Blum, Anna Brandstätter, Sophia Burtscher, Sergej Czepurnyi, Eric Droin, Martin Esser, Sylvia I. Häring, Kathrin Herm, Ludwig Hohl, Wolf Danny Homann, Sascha Thomas Koch, Adrienne Lejko, Niklas Maienschein, Cornelia Maschner, Maria Moser, Dominik Puhl, Dejana Radosavljevic, Vassilissa Reznikoff, Simon Rußig, David Schnaegelberger, Rebecca Seidel, Nina Steils, Caner Sunar, Alexander Tröger, Jana Vetten, Elisabeth Wegener, Anna Zadra

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

August 1914. The outbreak of war is celebrated enthusiastically. To many it appears as a cleansing shower heralding a new age. This is the view of the young Maximilian Roth who volunteers for military service. He is in his second year studying trombone at the Mozarteum. Twentytwo years old. The same age as many current Mozarteum students. Maximilian is injured, loses a leg and returns to Salzburg in November 1916 in more sober mood. How will he deal with this experience? What course will the rest of his life take?

August 1914 fundamentally changes the life of not only Maximilian Roth. For an entire generation the beginning of the war marks a formative point in their biography. Practically nothing will remain as it was before. This is true not only of the soldiers. Noone could escape from ‘the formative catastrophe of the 20th century’.

8th August 2014, the day of the premiere, is 36,566 days after shots were fired at Sarajevo. To mark this occasion a group of young actors, directors and designers who are current Mozarteum students, working here under the mentorship of Hans-Werner Kroesinger, invite us to join them on an expedition into the past. In a performance installation taking place in a number of spaces including the former Franz Josef Barracks and the Theater im KunstQuartier, they present a panorama of the generation of men and women from Salzburg who were the age they are now in 1914. They could have been their great-grandparents.

The evening looks beyond well-established historical facts to offer insights into the hopes, wishes, fears and disappointments of a whole series of less familiar historical figures; a young brewer, the heir to a sweet shop, music students, an aspiring priest and many others. The young artists will investigate diverse aspects of the topic both individually and in groups over a period of 15 months, realising a range of projects from monologues to installations to acoustic experiences. This is an attempt to reconstruct a space for emotional experience from a distant time, one which with which we hardly have contact any more.

Hans-Werner Kroesinger is one of Germany’s leading documentary theatremakers. With works such as Kindertransporte, Rwanda Revisited, Blackwater, Darfur – Mission Incomplete and Failed States – Somalia, he has been invited to numerous international festivals including Impulse and Politik im Freien Theater. He is currently working with Regine Dura on Battlefield Memory, a project concerning the events of 1914 in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Istanbul commissioned by the Goethe Institut.

Christoph Lepschy

Translated by David Tushingham

SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

Montblanc & Salzburg Festival Young Directors Project 2014

31 JUL2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:52 h;
posted in: Drama

Since 2002 the Young Directors Project has enriched the programme of the Salzburg Festival. Generously supported by Montblanc International, this successful competition for young international theatre directors and their ensembles will form part of the Salzburg Festival for the last time, following a successful 13-year partnership. Through its sponsorship, Montblanc supports the selection and invitation of the productions to Salzburg and the local costs. In addition to sponsoring the entire project, Montblanc also offers the prize for the best production. The winner of the Montblanc Young Directors Award receives the sum of 10,000 Euros and the Montblanc Max Reinhardt Pen, exclusively designed for this project. 

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Thomas Bernhard Institut / Theater im KunstQuartier

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SPONSOR

The YDP programme is generously supported by Montblanc International. In addition, Montblanc has donated the prize money of € 10,000 and the exclusive Montblanc Mozart Pen for the best director. The Montblanc Young Directors Award Ceremony takes place on Thursday, August 21th 2014.

EDITORIAL 2014

Drama 2014

by Sven-Eric Bechtolf

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