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Familiar Feelings, Mixed Faces (GE) (Bekannte Gefühle, gemischte Gesichter)

By Christoph Marthaler, Anna Viebrock and cast

“An amusing, pointed, and also very melancholy Marthaler.”

Die Welt
FromFamiliar Feelings, Mixed Faces

16 September on the Main Stage.

Performed in German with English surtitles.

Length of performance: Approx. 2 hours 10 minutes, without intermission

Familiar Feelings, Mixed Faces is produced by Volksbühne, Berlin, with friendly support of the Ruhrtriennale. 

Familiar Feelings, Mixed Faces is staged at the National Theater of Norway at the occasion of the International Ibsen Festival. Christoph Marthaler receives The International Ibsen Award 2018 during the festival.

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Amusing and melancholy Marthaler

Join a musical journey with winner of the International Ibsen Award, Christoph Marthaler. 

The performance Familiar Feelings, Mixed Faces (Bekannte Gefühle, gemischte Gesichter) is Christoph Marthaler’s personal farewell to the Castorf era at the Berlin Volksbühne – the time with the legendary director and artistic director Frank Castorf at the helm. 

This is a performance of many songs and few words – reflecting the transience of theatre and what the ”exploitation” of artists entails for them. What are expiration dates? Where do rigidity and eternal repetitions lead? How does art and the market relate to each other?

This is also a scenic exhibition based on Marthaler’s performances at the Volksbühne, and a collage of songs and music by Händel, Satie, Mahler and Schubert.

Set designer Anna Viebrock has shaped the performance space as a museum, based on the Kunstmuseum Basel. Packing crates from an art shipment are opened and unpacked by a museum employee. The crates contain actors who have performed in various Marthaler productions. The actors hence become display objects, but they are not frozen. They start to look for ways out – in their individual worlds of unspoiled nonsense, memory, eccentric melancholy, happiness and music.

Since premiering at the Volksbühne in 2016, the performance has been a great success and has visited several theatres and festivals.

Familiar Feelings, Mixed Faces is staged at the National Theater of Norway at the International Ibsen Festival. Christoph Marthaler receives The International Ibsen Award 2018 during the festival.

The press says

Reviews

  • “An amusing, pointed, and also very melancholy Marthaler.”

    Die Welt
  • “A true celebration of theatre from beginning to end, and no theatrical closing ceremony. A merry and suggestive fare-thee-well, and a mild rebellion against transience.”

    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Artistic team

Director: Christoph Marthaler
Set and costume designer: Anna Viebrock
Lighting designer: Johannes Zotz
Ton: Klaus Dobbrick
Dramaturgy: Malte Ubenauf and Stefanie Carp

Cast:

Hildegard Alex, Tora Augestad, Marc Bodnar, Magne Håvard Brekke, Raphael Clamer, Bendix Dethleffsen, Altea Garrido, Olivia Grigolli, Ueli Jäggi, Jürg Kienberger, Sophie Rois, Ulrich Voß and Nikola Weisse