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THEATERTAG: Kasimir und Karoline

Ödön von Horváth

Set during the Great Depression, the (ill-fated) love story about the jobless chauffeur Kasimir and the office worker Karoline is one of the four great classics written by Horváth between 1930 and 1933. In the pre-fascist society portrayed in this play, feelings like kindness and solidarity have all but disappeared. Director Mateja Koležnik presents this “Oktoberfest ballad” as a highly political piece that incisively describes the political dangers at the transition point where a crisis-ridden capitalism evolves into fascism. In cooperation with the Extremism Information Centre (Beratungsstelle Extremismus), the Burgtheater is putting on a special performance with an introduction to the play. The audience discussion after the performance will focus on factors that can lead to extremism and what we can do to prevent radicalisation and to support those affected.

One time special price incl. discussion €6.00

Audience discussion with Verena Fabris (head of bOJA’s Beratungsstelle Extremismus), members of the ensemble & Sebastian Huber (dramaturgy)

Moderation: Eva Konzett, FALTER

In cooperation with Beratungsstelle Extremismus & FALTER

About the production:

“And love never dies,” is the motto of Horváth’s story set at Munich’s October Fest in the early 1930s. But the love between Kasimir, who has just lost his job as a chauffeur, and Karoline, a woman driven by her desire to rise up in society, already dies in the third of 117 scenes. And yet, the line about love that never dies, which at first sounds simply malicious, is somehow repeatedly proven true throughout the play. The fact that love is mainly regarded and utilised as a vehicle for social advancement and decline just makes it somehow lasting longer. But not more enduring. After all, every new opportunity to get carried into an even better life must be grabbed. And there is no time to look back: “What is dead, is dead. And there are no ghosts, especially between the sexes.” Karoline – who, after leaving the disgraced chauffeur, climbs the social ladder to be with a councillor of commerce for a short while, before she finally ends up with the patternmaker in the children‘ s section in a department store – uses cunning to try and achieve goals she cannot attain with emotion: “People without feelings live easier.” Horváth’s characters are going to need the iciness they exhibit in this 1932 play.

Beschreibung Information
Dauer und Pausen 1 Stunde 30 Minuten - keine Pause
Sitzplan A
Zusatzinformation einmaliger Sonderpreis € 6,- in Kooperation mit Beratungsstelle Extremismus & FALTER
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