Jugendtheater: KRIEGAnna Vera Kelle, Regisseurin

Director Anna Vera Kelle

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KRIEG. Stell dir vor, er wäre hier |VIDEOCLIP|
(War, what if)
by Janne Teller|Translated from Danish into German by Sigrid C. Engeler
Directed by Anna Vera Kelle
Age group: 13+
In collaboration with Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts,
Study Project III, Department 3. Director: Hans-Ulrich Becker

What if there was a war – not somewhere far away, but here in Europe! The democratic system has collapsed and fascist dictatorships have taken over. You are leaving everything behind and flee. In an Egyptian refugee camp you and your family are trying to start a new life. But, since you have no visa, you are not allowed to go to school, can’t learn Arabic nor get a job. You feel an outsider and are longing for home. But – where is home?

The idea that your own life could turn into a refugee existence is a bit like trying to imagine living on Mars,” says the Danish author Janne Teller in the epilogue of her book War, what if. The young director Anna Vera Kelle has adapted this intensely powerful thought experiment for the stage. Together with actors and visual artists, she set out to create a theatre experience that gives the audience a tangible sense of life as a refugee. In doing so, she addresses issues such as respect, empathy and the willingness of individuals, peoples and generations to take a step towards each other.

Media reviews:
„As direct and insistent as Teller’s original novel is the stage adaptation by the young director Anna Vera Kelle for Theater Strahl. Jennifer Jefka and Moses Leo – both excellent, energetic actors – need only a few adaptable props to make the war scenario vividly plausible. (…) Of course, both the original and the stage play aim to evoke empathy for the fate of those seeking refuge in the West. In the Theatre Strahl performance this works admirably. Hopefully with resonance.” Der Tagesspiegel

„The direct address has a unique effect: it is not the actors who experience the story that unfolds on stage, but it is me, the entire audience. This works…” taz

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