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Photo: Vincenzo Laera

Moby Dick
based on Herman Melville

1h 20min

On Christmas Day the Pequod sets sail from Nantucket on the north-eastern coast of the USA. Encompassing three helmsmen, the harpooners and young Ishmael, who recounts the adventure, the crew of the whaler spends three years on the Atlantic, three years at the mercy of Captain Ahab. Ever since Moby Dick took his leg, Ahab has been forced to rely on his whale bone prosthesis. His desire for revenge is what drives him; he has no goal other than to hunt the white sperm whale and kill it. “All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick”. Together they embark on this journey, a fatal one.

In his 1851 novel's 135 chapters, Herman Melville, who himself went whaling as a sailor, takes the reader to the limits of being, subjected to shipboard obedience and the arbitrariness of nature. At the same time, the novel is also a compendium of philosophical, mythological, art historical and scientific considerations.

Actress and director Anita Vulesica, recently awarded the ensemble and students' prizes for her production of Bonn Park's Knurren der Milchstraße (The Growling of the Milky Way, Mozarteum University Salzburg) at the 2018 Schauspielschultreffen festival for theatre schools in Graz, stages Moby Dick with five students from the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts. As a team of women they conquer the legendary material, the adventure novel as epitome of masculine power and pose the question: What does the whale stand for? – is it a literary topos of a deep-seated grievance, an affliction or an insatiable longing?

Coproduction with Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch

Premiere: 08.01.2018.


With: Therese Lösch, Eva Maria Nikolaus, Sarah Quarshie, Julia Zupanc

Director and text version: Anita Vulesica
Stage design and costumes: Anna Brandstätter
Music: Friederike Bernhardt
Choreography: Annelie Andre
Dramaturgy: Degna Martens

press voices

„Eine energiegeladene Inszenierung und ein sehenswertes Stück über Mensch, Tier, Macht und Führung und Geführtsein“ - RBB Inforadio

Susanne Bruha, 09.01.19

„Ein fulminanter Auftritt. Nach kompakten 80 Minuten hat man das Gefühl, einen gefährlichen Ritt auf meterhohen Wellen hinter sich zu haben." - Berliner Morgenpost

Ulrike Borowczyk, 11.01.19

„Die Spielerinnen zeigen Power, Funken sprühen, auch wenn sie zum fünften Mal einen Wal sichten. Anita Vulesica inszeniert auf unterhaltsame Art und Weise Melvilles Männermythos „Moby Dick“ mit rein weiblicher Schiffs­besatzung." - taz

Barbara Behrendt, 10.01.19

„Bei aller Knappheit ihres nahezu liedhaft durchkomponierten Textkonzentrats aus Strophen und Refrain gelingt es Anita Vulescia und ihrer Frauencrew, den Wal als Symbol von Profitgier, Hetz- und Männermachtfantasien auszu­singen.“ - Berliner Zeitung

Doris Meierhenrich, 10.01.19


Photo: Vincenzo Laera

Photo: Vincenzo Laera

Photo: Vincenzo Laera

Photo: Vincenzo Laera

Photo: Vincenzo Laera

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