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Kafka - beyond the door

“ … I cannot believe that there is a fairy tale where a woman has been more desperately fought for as I for you, from the beginning and always anew and perhaps forever” – Franz Kafka to Felice Bauer”

The relationship of the young Prague writer Franz Kafka with the Berlin employee Felice Bauer lasted five years, two engagements, two separations and a deluge of long letters. During that time Kafka wrote “The Metamorphosis” and “The Trial” among others.


 

The love letters between Prague and Berlin reveal how Kafka’s life influenced his work and how the source of inspiration taping into his private life lays far deeper than the mere use of his fiancées initials.Failure of the relationship was not down to a rival, but rather due to Kafka’s internal fight between the love for Felice and his passion for literature, reaching a final end with the outbreak of his tuberculosis in 1917.

 

The multi -media presentation of acting, dance, song and illustrations leads into the Jewish life within Prague at turn of the century, and to the life and work of the German writer, allowing for the dissolving of boundaries between life and literature.


 

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Written & Directed by: Jana Pulkrabek
Choreography: Yaroslav Ivananko


 

Music: Patrick Stanke


Illustrations: Jiri Votruba

Fotos: D.D. Dankwerts


Cast:
Franz Kafka: Philipp Odermatt


Kafkas Mother: Valerie Niehaus


Kafkas Father / Richter: Michael Baute


Kafkas Sister / Neighbour: Jana Pulkrabek


Kafkas Sister / Woman in court: Isabel Trinkaus


Max Brod: Mathias Sanders


Felice Bauer: Heather Jurgensen


Kafkas Inner Voice: Patrick Stanke


Kafkas Dream Vision : Yaroslav Ivanenko


Narrator: Andreas Gräbe


 

Dance: Yaroslav Ivanenko, Heather Jurgensen


 

Vocals: Patrick Stanke, Andreas Gräbe


 

Music: Lilian Lyons (Violine), Adam Brixton (Gitar), Hans Knudsen (Saxophone), Patrick Stanke (Piano)
 

Light & Sound Design: Utz Kieltsch
 

Funded by:


Hamburg Ministry od Culture, Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds, Der Neue Klub e.V.

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