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"Die Frau ohne Schatten" by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal combines everything that opera has to offer: love, hate, jealousy, passion, dreams, longings, people, fairytale characters. However, when you uncover the core of the story, which is adorned with ghosts, magic, fantastic worlds and fabulous beasts, you discover something deeply human.

Frau ohne Schatten

Three couples who negotiate their existential relationship problems with each other, who ask themselves how they would like to live, with and for each other. Self-images and longings are put to the test, but the focus of the arguments is the question of parenthood.

What wounds does the pain of the unfulfilled desire to have children leave in a partnership? How does it affect relationships when one consciously decides not to have children and thus denies the partner a deep need? What happens when women are given the power to decide about motherhood by the state, by society or by their own bodies? What are the consequences when the will to never become a mother becomes a political struggle?

Directed by Ulrike Schwab (WOLFSKINDER, GIOVANNI. A PASSION, etc.), the evening illuminates the most diverse facets of these questions and tells the story of three women whose life decisions leave their mark and who try to remain true to their idea of happiness in a self-determined manner and despite resistance .
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Hrund Ósk Árnadóttir, Joa Helgesson, Franziska Junge, Catrin Kirchner, David Ristau, Chunho You and the musicians Valentin Butt, Horia Dumitrache, Martin Knoerzer, Till Kuenkler, Luiza Labouriau, Christoph Lindner, Johannes Ragg, Nikolaus Schlierf, Tobias Schwencke, Simon Strasser



Tobias Schwencke STAGE DIRECTION Ulrike Schwab STAGE & COSTUMES Pia Dederichs, Marina Stefan DRAMATURG Marion Meyer