Orpheus in der Oberwelt: Eine Schlepperoper. Live Audio Drama

Part of “Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2017”


approx. 1 hour

Orpheus, the mythological singer, returns from the realm of the dead as a luckless human smuggler. This live audio drama provocatively combines current political events with the mythical and musical dimension of the Orpheus legend in the form of a concert. This “Smuggler’s Opera” sings of that figure that is only featured as a criminal in news reports today, but that was glorified during the Cold War as helping refugees.

The theatre play had its premiere at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in 2014, the radio version was produced by WDR in spring 2015, was radio drama of the month and won the Prix Europa as best radio drama 2015.


Artistic Direction: Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord, Sascha Sulimma / With: Bora Balci, Georg A. Bochow, Susanne Fröhlich, Alexander Karschnia, Simon Lenski, Iris Mpaglanea, Claudia Splitt, Sascha Sulimma, Komi Mizrajim Togbonou, Reinier van Houdt / Text: Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord&Co. / Music: Sascha Sulimma mit Susanne Fröhlich, Simon Lenski, Reinier van Houdt&Co. / Production: Belluard Bollwerk International


  • Past
    Thu 15.6.2017, 19:00 / HAU1


Production: andcompany&Co., Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, based on the radio play Orpheus in der Oberwelt (Production WDR 2015) and the play with the same name, premiered at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in 2014.


Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin

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