Boris Nikitin

Magda Toffler

Afterwards: Artist Talk with Dirk Sorge (Berlinklusion)


German /  With English surtitles /  approx. 70 mins.

Boris Nikitin sits on the chair in an empty stage space in a thoughtful attitude. The Din A 4 pages of the text presented lie to his left and right.
Macro shot of Boris Niktin's hand picking up a page from a stack.

“Magda Toffler” is the second part of Boris Nikitin’s diptych. Only after his grandmother died did he learn that she was Jewish. In 1944/45, she had to hide in a barn for months while most of her family members were killed in extermination camps. She kept all this to herself, founded a family and was the first female professor of chemistry in socialist Czechoslovakia. A piece of genealogical research that also reflects major issues of the 20th century.


Concept, text & performance: Boris Nikitin / Production management: Annett Hardegen / Outside eye: Annett Hardegen, Matthias Meppelink, Fabian Schmidtlein / Stage manager (HAU): Tom Sattler / Stage technology (HAU): Şenol Şentürk / Lighting manager (HAU): Boris Meier / Lighting technology (HAU): Max Rux, Leander Lienert / Sound technology (HAU): Janis Klinkhammer


  • Past
    Fri 17.3.2023, 19:00 / HAU1

Combi ticket “Versuch über das Sterben” & “Magda Toffler”: 25,00 €, reduced 15,00 €


Production: It’s The Real Thing. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Steirischer Herbst ‘22, State Theatre Nuremberg, Kaserne Basel, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Théâtre Vidy Lausanne, Frascati Amsterdam, Theater Chur, Omanut. Supported by: Pro Helvetia, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation,  Expert Committee Dance & Theatre of the Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft.. The first version of this work was commissioned by Omanut.


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