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Fairy tales - really grim!

The format, specially developed by the Hexenberg Ensemble, makes clear how closely the crude charm of these fairy tales, their disturbing comedy and unwieldy shivers are linked to the very own fears and hopes of every human being.

Szene aus Ali Baba und die 40 Räuber
Szene aus Ali Baba und die 40 Räuber © Daniel Wetzel / KIKE Photography

Ali Baba and the 40 Robbers & Rapunzel

Ali Baba and the 40 Robbers

A man, a woman and a missing brother. What begins as an ordinary crime thriller evolves into a tangible flirt mt with the beloved genre and ends in a showdown of antic proportions. Samia Chancrin and Vlad Chriac set off on a search for clues through the fairy tale bazaar of the Thousand and One Nights, immersing themselves in a new world full of envy and greed, only to discover that this case is more than just an ordinary tale.


"Rapunzel, let down your hair for me...", words of a fairy tale at least as ancient as its authors who recorded them in writing for posterity. Everyone knows this fairy tale: A story of the fulfillment of the most ardent desires and the first great and everlasting love. But if we allow this fairy tale to become reality, it begins to take possession of us and suddenly the characters become part of us. Suddenly it is the fairy tale that observes and questions the viewer. Everything turns upside down and abysses open up that can only find expression in an opulent baroque opera.

(Program in German)
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Pfefferberg - Glaspalast