Thalerfof (c) Lupi Spuma

“Airports are transparent, made of glass. Somehow like fish tanks or mirrors: you see the people behind the glass, but you cannot possibly get there. There are other zones, transits, Schengen, areas that are only accessible with a passport… It is a reality woven from fictions, hallucinations, illusions. – We are the children of our past. The past never dies. It goes on to live inside of us, even when we do not want to think about it. Graves, ghosts, corpses, memories, ancestor worship. – Are they bodies we are deriving from? The only form of immortality we may reach is remembrance. We breathe life into the deceased by listening to their voices. At least, that is what I do. I listen to the deceased. I am a superstitious Slav and do believe in ghosts, just like my grandmother did. I listen to what they have to say. I listen to those that were carried away from my neighbourhood and brought to deportation camps to the nice city of Graz without any court judgement. I also listen to the voices of those that were sent out to the Great War by the Emperor and who fell, murdered, in my area in 1914 and 1915. I listen to them. They are lying under the ground. I get to them. Thereafter, I try to tell what I have heard." (Andrzej Stasiuk)

Andrzej Stasiuk is one of the most influential Polish writers of our times. In his stories and essays he tackles the deformation of the individual under the influence of regimes and society. Commissioned by the Schauspielhaus, he undertook research on World War I settings in the Polish Carpathians, the Ukraine and Graz. A theatrical observation on our European history.



Written by Andrzej Stasiuk

Directed by Anna Badora

Scenography Raimund Orfeo Voigt

Costumes Julia Kornacka

Dramaturgy Britta Kampert and Christian Mayer

Music Dominik Strycharski

Light Tamás Bányai

Video Philipp Haupt

Premiere on the 27th September, 2013

At the Schauspilehaus Graz, Austria


Andrzej Stasiuk | Anna Badora

27 September - 25 October, 2013