Thu 27 September
Performance Ganesh Versus the Third Reich
The swastika reinstated is a performance you will not easily forget: Ganesh Versus the Third Reich is harrowing, fundamental, endearing, vulnerable and crystal-clear. It starts with a story. The Hindu god Ganesh sets off on a trip to Nazi- Germany to reclaim the Swastika, as this holy Hindu symbol of prosperity is misused by the National Socialists.
The unflinching elephant god sets out to meet Adolf Hitler. A beautifully narrated journey unfolds, both visual and dramatic. Then the performance founders and the great actors (all of them people with a mental disability) are confronted with major questions about the contents of the performance. What is allowed and possible to tell on stage? Is it allowed, and do you want to play Adolf Hitler, whilst people with a mental handicap were seen as inferior and redundant during the Second World War? Are you allowed to confiscate a holy symbol of another culture?
“Courageous, confronting, intelligent and magisterially considered theatre.” The Age, 5 stars
“Ganesh Versus the Third Reich is poignant, beautiful, disarming, full of vulnerability and sly transparency.”
“… eine der besten Produktionen der Wiener Festwochen und sicher die grösste Überraschung.” Theater der Zeit