Musical theatre with classical and electronic music reminiscent of the members of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz

As the Auschwitz wheels of destruction turn, it is accompanied by orchestral music. Music on command. Forced musical labour. Female concentration camp prisoners between the ages of 16 and 40 witness unimaginable horror and have to play to it. The music fulfils functions: it has to express the power of the National Socialists; it coordinates and rhythmites work; it calms and tortures; and it serves to entertain and relax the SS officers. The female musicians have to perform: it’s a matter of life and death.

This contemporary musical by spreeagenten is devoted to the memories of those who witnessed this horrific period of history, the members of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz. The result is a cross-border dialogue between text and music, classical repertoire and electronic composition, past and present; it’s also a dialogue between the witnesses, ensemble and audience on the questions of "How to survive?" and "What does my art mean to me?"

Acting: Sonja Keßner, Lena Noske | Soprano: Jasmina Toh
Young Ensemble: Lea Böhm, Marika Kiehne, Vivien Rüdiger, Charlotte Schulze, Emelie Stein, Coco Vasel.
Orchestra: Marisa Bayer (flute); Sophie Irmer (oboe); Anne Hänisch (clarinet); Nele Wolf (bassoon); Cornelius Bernitzky (french horn); Gabriela van Dijk, Rebecca Meisel, Florian Schumann, (1st violin); Luise Homann: Luise Homann, Birte Tröger, Therese Wegerich (2nd violin); Emeli Tröger (viola); Tobias Ronneberg, Hanna Ittner (cello); Jonas Fink (double bass); Sophie Oberschmidt (accordion); Leon Pester (timpani/percussion).
Live electronics: Daniela Lunelli aka Munsha.

Concept, text, direction: Susanne Chrudina
Composition, musical direction: Daniela Lunelli aka Munsha
Orchestra direction, conducting: Till Schwabenbauer
Stage, costumes: Stefan Oppenländer
Dramaturgy: Sabine Salzmann
Production management: Chris Wohlrab
Assistant director: Lena Noske
Musicological assistance, conducting: Gabriela van Dijk
Pedagogical support: Jördis Gierig, Matthias Weißschuh
Video: Branka Pavlovic
Graphics: Ulrich Kochinke
Lighting design: Konrad Dietze
Sound engineering: Utku Tavil
Make-up /costume assistance : Nataša Trifunać

A spreeagenten production in coproduction with Ernst-Haeckel-School Berlin-Marzahn, the Otto-Nagel-Gymnasium Berlin-Biesdorf, the JungenKammerEnsemble der Schostakowitsch-Musikschule Berlin- Lichtenberg, the Jugendkammerorchester Berlin e. V., TATWERK | Performative Forschung and the Theater im Delphi.

Funded within the framework of the Wiederaufnahme funding of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
With the kind support of Theaterhaus Mitte and Noisy Store.
Media partner is taz. die tageszeitung.

30 September 2021
01 October 2021
02 October 2021
03 October 2021

Theatre at the Delphi - Gustav-Adolf-Str. 2, 13086 Berlin ahn

GIRLS’ ORCHESTRA Photo: Ph. Nihad Nino Pušija 2019