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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Buch & Regie: Jana Pulkrabek
Choreographie: Yaroslav Ivananko

Musik: Patrick Stanke
Illustrationen: Jiri Votruba

Fotos: D.D. Dankwerts

Franz Kafka: Philipp Odermatt
Kafkas Mutter: Valerie Niehaus
Kafkas Vater / Richter: Michael Baute
Kafkas Schwester / Nachbar: Jana Pulkrabek
Kafkas Schwester / Frau im Gericht: Isabel Trinkaus
Max Brod: Mathias Sanders
Felice Bauer: Heather Jurgensen
Kafkas Innere Stimme: Patrick Stanke
Kafkas Traum Vision : Yaroslav Ivanenko
Erzähler: Andreas Gräbe

Tanz: Yaroslav Ivanenko, Heather Jurgensen

Gesang: Patrick Stanke, Andreas Gräbe


Musikalische Begleitung: Lilian Lyons (Violine), Adam Brixton (Gitarre), Hans Knudsen (Saxophon), Patrick Stanke (Piano)

Licht & Sound Design: Utz Kieltsch

Gefördert von:
Kulturbehörde Hamburg, Deutsch-Tschechische Zukunftsfonds, Der Neue Klub e.V.

Fotos: D.D. Dankwerts