After a yearlong journey of preparation, the women come on stage to tell the story of what happened, exactly how they remember it. They bleed it out then and never again, part by part, until they can’t anymore. They do so, so that all that happened was not for nothing. With faith in theatre, they leave it with the audience. Every night one part of the story will be told. LICHT lasts until the whole story is told.
For the stage, Tea Tupajić invited all the colleagues of Münchner Kammerspiele to together create a proscenium curtain. On the curtain, they embroidered by hand the stellar constellation of the sky in the night of the premiere. In each star, one person embroidered an image of that what is inside of them, that could have killed them. The drawings on the curtain have been stitched by more than 50 employees of the Kammerspiele Munich.
'Licht I', 'Licht II' and 'Licht III' will be presented at the Münchner Kammerspiele. A few other parts will be presented internationally, in theatres and festivals led by female artistic directors only. The performance starts at 19 o’clock. It lasts several hours. The end is dependent on the decision of the performers.
Summary previous episodes
On 21/04 you'll witness the fourth part of the performance. Hear you can read what was told in the previous chapters:
in Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele, on 23.02.2023, with: Awaz Abdi, Najlaa Matto
Iraq, 2014. 9 o'clock in the morning it is already over 40 degrees hot. Family life. Trying to hold on and save daily routines. News, phone calls. IS is close. Not understanding. Fear.
in Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele, on 25.02.2023, with: Awaz Abdi, Intisar Ali, Najlaa Matto
The IS is there. An escape into the mountains. People are left behind. An ultimatum passes. An entire village community is herded into a school. Women and children and men are separated: the men are taken away, shots.
in Munich, Münchner Kammerspiele, on 15.04.2023
Because the storytellers decide on the performance evening what they will tell, we can share the summary after the show.
Tea Tupajić (Sarajevo, 1984) is a Croatian theatre and film director and writer. She regularly engages in long-term processes where she invites protagonists who either seem too reluctant to go on stage or have a lot to lose by doing so. This lets her explore the potential of art in confrontation with controversial political and personal issues. Licht will be played only a handful of times in a few cities.
"What is it inside of you that could kill you?"
- The duration of the piece is not fixed. The end depends on the decision of the performers.
- Tea Tupajić will take care of the English simultaneous interpretation herself.