Augenblick mal! 2007

Donnerstag, 03. Mai 2007 | SCHAUBUDE

Theater Osnabrück / OSKAR - Junges Theater Stadt und Land Osnabrück
Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank
Mono-Oper in zwei Teilen
von Grigori Frid
Deutsche Adaption von Ulrike Patow
Musikverlag Hans Sikorski GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg
ab 12 Jahren | 60 Minuten

Director: Nadja Loschky
Musical Direction: Mark Rohde
Stage and Costume Design: Johanna Fritz
Dramaturgy: Dorit Schleissing
Actor(s): Iris Marie Kotzian (Anne Frank)


From 1942 to 1944 Anne Frank lived in hiding with her Jewish family, on the run from the Nazi regime. Noticeably in despair, she tries to sort through her experiences and fears by documenting everything in her diary: the fear of war, the loneliness, bu


Some productions are difficult to pull away from. Monooper's production 'Anne Frank' is one of these. It doesn't just pull us in with the emotional effect of frightening images, rather through its atmospheric density and the musical language of opera – a form that is relatively unknown to youth theatre in Germany. With all its concentrated and stirring singing performance, the production is not lacking for images. The acting performances and character portrayals don't hide behind the outstanding vocal skills rather use playful intensity and lightness in presenting the insecure hiding place, letting us into the fragility of the role and managing to convince from an acting perspective. The character communicates with the pianist movingly and touchingly, who not only does a wonderful job at accompanying musically, but also sets impulses into action that support the dreamlike movements of the character and lets them interact once in a while in a dance-like fashion.

This is definitely a challenge for a youth audience. It is certain that the public, regardless that they can comprehend the majority of the text, will often be taken by the musical intensity and miss a word here and there, opening room for individual associations through the absorbing, emotional space filling atmosphere. Anne Frank is curriculum material. This production however, tries to stretch itself between documentary collage and aesthetic fiction, without creating artistic distance. It attempts to bring understanding to the fate of an entire group of people by the artistic presentation of an individual's fate, allowing the public to experience its anonymity as an audience member in an unforgettable way.

Jürgen Zielinski

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