Wir sind das Volk – ein Musical

Based on texts by Heiner Müller


German / approx. 90 min.

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“As soon as I hear the word ‘Volk,’ I get leery,” said Heiner Müller in 1990. “It isn’t my ‘Volk,’ my people. I understood very well, especially in the fall of last year, why Brecht always insisted on saying ‘population’ instead of ‘people.’ A slogan like ‘We are one population,’ of course, does not work. It doesn’t have any spark at all.” Today once again we have to ask the question, who or what was this chorus that empowered itself with the slogan “We are the people.” In times of global regression the phantasm “Volk” has begun to solidify again into ethnic, cultural or ideo-logical homogeneity. The music theatre project “Wir sind das Volk – a Musical” harmonizes what has long belonged together: the poet Heiner Müller and the legendary music group Laibach – featuring Agnes Mann, Susanne Sachsse, Cveto Kobal, Sašo Vollmaier, and others. “The dialogue with the dead cannot stop until they hand over the future that has been buried with them.” – Welcome to the abyss!


Concept, direction: Anja Quickert, Laibach / Performance: Laibach featuring Agnes Mann, Susanne Sachsse, Cveto Kobal, Vier Personen Quartet, The Stroj / Special guest: Peter Mlakar / Music, composition & arrangement: Matevž Kolenc für Laibach / Additional arrangements: Alenja Pivko Kneževič, Simon Penšek, Sašo Vollmaier / Scenography: Janina Audick, Helene Scheithe, Louis Caspar Schmitt / Video scenography: Komposter / Costume design: Petra Jurjec, Janina Audick / Make-up: Nathalie Horvat / Costume assistance: Daniela Zorrozua / Production: Aminata Ölßner, Aljaž Kušar / Sound engineer: Matej Gobec / Lighting engineer: Tomaž Čubej / Video projections: Komposter & Tomislav Gangl / Monitor engineer: Marko Turel / Agent: Sonora


  • Past
    Sat 8.2.2020, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sun 9.2.2020, 20:00 / HAU1
    Mon 10.2.2020, 20:00 / HAU1
    Fri 25.3.2022, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sat 26.3.2022, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sun 27.3.2022, 17:00 / HAU1
    Mon 28.3.2022, 20:00 / HAU1

Performances on 27 and 28 March with english subtitles


Production: Internationale Heiner Müller Gesellschaft. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Društvo za retroavantgardo. Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds. The re-run is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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