Saturday, 31 October 2015

Theater Basel | Kinder der Sonne (children of the sun)

Children of the sun is a play by Maxim Gorky playing in Russia during an 1826 cholera epidemic.
The children of the sun are the members of the Russian privileged elite, intellectual and wealthy but unaware of the outside world and what is going on behind the walls of their homes.
There are many little stories running parallel;
Melanya falls madly in love with Protassow, a chemist, who is very devoted to his work but married to Jelena. She feels neglected by her husband and for her part falls in love with her husbands friend, the artist Dmitri Vaguin. Lisa, another member of the family seems to be the only one aware of the upcoming crisis but is considered sick.
The divide between rich and poor is a very current topic and for us the play is taking up very basic subjects such as health, justice and wealth and representing them in a dynamic, sometimes even a bit mad and tragic-comical way.


actors:
Ingo Tomi as PAWEL FJODOROWITSCH PROTASSOW
Lisa Stiegler as LISA
Nicola Kirsch as JELENA NIKOLAJEWNA
Thiemo Strutzenberger as DMITRI SERGEJEWITSCH WAGIN
Urs Peter Halter as BORIS NIKOLAJEWITSCHTSCHEPURNOJ
Katja Jung as MELANIA
Thomas Reisinger as NASAR ADWEJEWITSCH
Max Rothbart as MISCHA
Thomas Schweiberer as JEGOR
Barbara Horvath as AWDOTJA
Martin Hug as JAKOW TROSCHIN
Ruth C. Oswalt as ANTONOWNA
Liliane Amuat as FIMA
Pia Händler as LUSCHA
Florian von Manteuffel as ROMAN
musicians: Artur Almasbekov, Jose Andres Fernandez Camacho, Joan Pacheco

production: Nora Schlocker
stage: Bernhard Kleber
costume: Caroline Rössle Harper
music: Stefan Rusconi
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl

picture © Sandra Them

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