The final rehearsals of the first phase of our major European theater project “Café Europa” began in Edinburgh on October 15, 2018. The main component of the project is the staging of the text collage “The Last Days of Humanity” by Karl Kraus. The literary model lends itself to a pan-European project like almost no other work, because the Austrian cosmopolitan Karl Kraus created thereby a horror painting of truly European dimension.
Together with our partner Leith Theatre Edinburgh a theatrical spectacle was created, which premiered with the participation of local Scottish actors and other European partners on November 11, 2018 – the 100th memorial day of the end of World War I. Finally, this production will be carried out in other European countries in 2019 – with performances in Katowice and Bielefeld as well as live broadcasts to Ireland and France.
In addition, we were able to engage the world-famous London band “The Tiger Lillies” for the project, who wrote an extra ten new pieces to the work of Karl Krauss and perform them live.
Our other partners in this project are:
Teatr A Part – Katowice , Poland
Association Arsene – Wolxheim, France
Plavo Pozoriste – Belgrade, Serbia
Kultura Medialna – Dnipro, Ukraine
Smashing Times – Dublin, Ireland
“The Last Days of Mankind” is an international theater project, which Teatr A Part co-produces with Theaterlabor Bielefeld based on the antiwar satirical drama of Austrian writer Karl Kraus, documenting the horrors and absurdities of the First World War.
The show, directed jointly by Yuri Birte Anderson, Marcin Herich and Siegmar Schroeder, is attended by artists from seven countries: Theaterlabor Bilelefeld from Germany, the Scottish Leith Theatre, the Serbian theater Plavo Pozoriste, the Media Culture Association from Ukraine, the Association Arsène from France and Teatr A Part. The music for the performance was composed by the famous English band The Tiger Lillies, who will play in the performance live.
Katowice’s presentations of “The Last Days of Mankind” is the second part of the project. The first, directed by Yuri Birte Anderson and John Paul McGroarty took place last November at the Leith Theatre in Edinburgh on the centenary of the end of the First World War. The third and final version of the performance will take place in Bielefeld, Germany in October this year.
“The Last Days of Mankind” is part of the “Cafe Europa” project, carried out by Theaterlabor Bielefeld in cooperation with the Leith Theater in Edinburgh, Association Arsène from France and Teatr A Part with the support of the European Commission under the Creative Europe program.
The performance is intended for adult viewers.
Supported by funds from the programs “Creative Scotland” and “Creative Europe” as well as funds from the Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
More information here