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Photos: David Baltzer

by Heiner Müller


Heiner Müller used Dangerous Liaisons – Choderlos de Laclos' scandalous novel about the end of the Ancien Régime era – as the basis to construct a simulation machine full of stories about dreams, desires, rivalries and self-destruction. He focuses the source material on the power struggle of the sexes between the Marquise de Merteuil and her former lover and current accomplice Valmont. “What is game to me without the voluptuousness of the chase. Without the sweat of fear, the strangled breath, the white-eyed, scattered look. The rest is digestion. My best tricks will make a fool of me like an empty theatre does to an actor. I’ll have to applaud myself. The tiger as thespian.”

Director Mizgin Bilmen was born in 1983 in Duisburg, studied sociology and literary studies in Dortmund and at the Folkwang University of the Arts with a grant from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. In 2014 she was invited to the Körber Studio for young directors in Hamburg with her thesis production autopsie danton. After working as an assistant director at the Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin and a term in the director's studio at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, she staged various works including Marc-André Dalbavie's opera Charlotte Salomon at the Theater Bielefeld, for which she was awarded the Götz-Friedrich prize. She's also directed productions at the Konzert Theater Bern and the Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

With: Marina Frenk, Sebastian Grünewald
Live Camera: Nanna MBS

Director: Mizgin Bilmen
Stage design and costumes: Cleo Niemeyer
Video: Nanna MBS
Lighting: Denise Potratz
Dramaturgie: Ulf Frötzschner

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