Staged reading with music with Corinna Harfouch GER actor
“We recognise great texts through the sense of déja vu,” as Heiner Müller once wrote. If by this he meant the almost uncanny feeling of familiarity that a certain form of words can create, the opposite can also be true, that realities seem to be contained in texts that the writer could not have known. The beginning of the famous Winter Journey, the song cycle composed in 1827 by Franz Schubert after poems by Wilhelm Müller, surprisingly evokes such a sense of déja vu today: “As a stranger I arrived / As a stranger I shall leave.”It is the beginning of a journey through cold landscapes of ice and snow and through emotions of solitude and having no home in the world. Heiner Müllers dictum invites us to read the cycle in a quite different way. As long ago as the 1980s Heiner Müller wrote, talking about realities such as those behind the present movements of refugees, “History ruins the centres by grinding through the marginal zones. The impoverishment of the marginal zones, the exploitation of the periphery, is the condition of our relative affluence.” This evening’s performance of 1 x Schubert, 2 x Müller, in a stage version by Kristin Schulz, will combine texts by Heiner Müller, which analyse reality in a compressed and incisive way with Franz Schubert’s settings of Wilhelm Müller’s poems, which express “emotions in contained but sharply-drawn contours” (Franz Liszt). A staged musical performance with Corinna Harfouch. “What we cannot yet say perhaps we can already sing” (Heiner Müller).