The New Human

Reading accompanied by music

The dawning of a revolutionary
new era after the First World War
A journey back in time to
the ‘Roaring Twenties’

Eva Mattes and Ulrich Noethen

Piano: Sir Henry

Texts by Rosa Luxemburg,
Gustav Landauer, Georg Kaiser,
Bertolt Brecht, Alfred Döblin,
Harry Graf Kessler, Klabund,
Walter Mehring, Kurt Tucholsky,
Ernst Toller and others

Music by Hanns Eisler,
Friedrich Hollaender,
Mischa Spolansky and others

arranged by Gerhard Ahrens

The dream of the new human is as old as mankind itself. Since time immemorial, the hope of the coming of a redeemer has been one of the heal-all promises of religions. Since the French Revolution, the idea of a new humanwho will change the course of history appears to have been revived as a secularised belief. In Germany, the vision of a completely reborn humankind originally formulated around the turn of the century was given new impulses by the country’s defeat in war, the German Revolution of 1918–1919 and the Treaty of Versailles. How one might go about creating this new human was addressed, prophesied and invoked in politics, the arts and science in various configurations and with different timeline assumptions. After the German Revolution of 1918–1919, the situation in the Weimar Republic was civil war-like, with constant battles raging between the Left and the Right. When the country embraced the National Socialist dictatorship, the vision of a new human was perverted and turned into the idea of the ‘perfect German’.

Eva Mattes is one of the great screen and stage actresses in the German-speaking countries. From 2002 to 2016, she played a police inspector in the episodes of the long-running television crime series Tatort that were set in Constance; she has been on TV in the series Lena Lorenz since 2015. The film and stage actor Ulrich Noethen is known to a wide audience thanks to his numerous appearances in films such as The Harmonists, The Hidden Word, The Diary of Anne Frank and, most recently, The German Lesson. Sir Henry is a composer, musician and actor who has been with the Berliner Volksbühne theatre since 1996.

The New Human

Reading accompanied by music

  • Friday, 03.04.2020
  • 20:00
  • Great Hall

€ 23 / concessions € 18

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