Picture: Lupi Spuma / Schauspielhaus Graz
Polish director Krystian Lupa (chairman of the Austrian Thomas Bernhard private foundation) works for the first time at the Schauspielhaus Graz. He stages Thomas Bernhard’s masterpiece “Holzfällen” (English title: “Woodcutters” or “Cutting Timber: An Irritation”). The bestselling novel caused an uproar among parts of Viennese society when it was published in 1984, as some personalities recognised themselves in the story.
At the place of the Auersbergers, a group of people are impatiently awaiting the arrival of their guest of honour, a famous dramatic actor, in order to start eating the sophisticated dinner, in fact the "artistic dinner", as the hosts fancy themselves to call it. The whole novel is an account of what the narrator sees and hears while sitting on a chair with a glass of champagne in his hand and, subsequently, at the table during dinner. Bernhard devastates with the axe of his prose the world of pretentiousness and intellectual inconsistence.
Holzfällen / Woodcutters
By Thomas Bernhard
Directed by Krystian Lupa
Set design Krystian Lupa
Costume Piotr Skiba
Light Paul Grilj
Video Evil Frog OG
Dramaturgy Britta Kampert
With Johannes Silberschneider, Barbara de Koy, Verena Lercher, Steffi Krautz, Franz Xaver Zach, Stefan Suske, Gerhard Balluch, Florian Köhler, Laurenz Laufenberg and Sebastian Klein
Premiere on the 10th January 2014
At Schauspielhaus Graz, Austria