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Composer Hans Werner Henze

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A theatre group performs a play in a village. The play’s director explains what’s special about the performance: Only those in the audience that are good Christians and were conceived in wedlock will see anything. While the director and his female companion explain what’s now being played, the hypocritical audience acts as though it can see what’s being related to them on stage. Really, however, nothing is happening. When a soldier suddenly joins the viewers and replies “no” when asked if he sees anything, he’s deemed a bad Christian. He becomes the fall guy and is beaten – the director is highly satisfied with the successful spectacle. In Hans Werner Henze’s Das Wundertheater, young director duo Thea Reifler and Philipp Bergmann examine the relationship between the individual and the collective, the stigmatization of the individual and the fatal consequences for society. Together with the fall guy syndrome, Henze’s one-act piece forms the middle ground, as in a triptych – the director team places a choreography and a choir to the side of it.

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