Final show: 11.05.2016 (Currently no tickets available)
based on the novel The Forty Days of Musa Dagh by Franz Werfel
In 1915 over a million Armenians were tortured, murdered and displaced from their villages and homes in the Ottoman Empire. Franz Werfel wrote about these events in his revolutionary 1933 novel The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, which was immediately banned by the Nazis. The book describes the misery of the persecution and extermination of the Armenians, as well as the exception, the miracle: the successful resistance at Musa Dagh, Mountain of Moses. 5,000 villagers entrench themselves, defend themselves against the attacks of the Young Turk army and, in the end, are rescued from their hopeless situation by French warships. 100 years after the Armenian genocide, Hans-Werner Kroesinger brings this story to the stage in a collage with documentary material on Germany's role and the structural organisation of the mass murder. What can a seemingly old story tell us about dealing with history today?
Eine Produktion des Maxim Gorki Theaters im Rahmen von Es schneit im April – Eine Passion und ein Osterfest, gefördert durch den Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Aufführungsrechte: S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main.
„Die Arbeit gewinnt über ihre gut hundert Minuten stetig an theatraler Zugkraft. Inhaltlich packend ist sie von der ersten Minute an.“