FEAST: Yoruba Project by The Royal Court Theatre and The Young Vic
Monday, December 19
All day Symposium + Screenings
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.
Playwright, poet, and author, Heiner Müller (Jan. 9, 1929 – Dec. 30, 1995) is considered the most significant German dramatist of the 20th century after Bertolt Brecht. Müller’s Hamletmachine represents an iconic and enigmatic text in post-dramatic theatre that has been highly influential on a
global scale for writers, directors, and dramaturgs. During the 1970s, Müller received permission to temporarily leave East Germany to visit America. Müller’s journeys in the U.S. included cross‑country trips and visits to Austin, Milwaukee, Madison, San Francisco, and New York City; a second journey brought him also to Mexico and Puerto Rico — altogether an experience that ultimately changed the aesthetics of his work.
The Segal Center’s all-day symposium will trace Müller’s artistic and political thinking and artistic practice during his American journeys, where he witnessed the decline of Socialism at home and the rise of Neo‑Capitalism in the U.S.. International theatre artists, scholars, friends, and former students
will revisit the dramatist’s journey through America with screenings, documentary materials, excerpted readings of selected works, short lectures, and panel discussions.
Screenings will include rehearsals of Heiner Müller’s play Mauser in Austin, Texas and Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1975; Heiner Müller’s readings of parts of Life of Gundling Lessing’s Sleep Dream Cry, as well as Hamletmachine, and video excerpts of The man in the Elevator – part of Heiner Müller’s play The Mission – directed by Heiner Goebbels, partly spoken by Heiner Müller.
Participants: Terry Galloway, Frank Hentschker, Andreas Huyssen, Jonathan Kalb, Bonnie Marranca (TBC), Klaudia Ruschkowski, Wolfgang Storch, and David Bathrick (in interview).
Findings from the Segal Center Heiner Müller in America Symposium will be presented in a follow-up event in Berlin, followed by a book publication. Curated by Wolfgang Storch and Klaudia Ruschkowski, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker.
PAJ Publications is Heiner Müller’s American publisher.
The event is dedicated to Betty Nance Weber, who first invited Heiner Müller to the US as a Writer-in-Residence to the University of Austin, Texas, in 1975.
10:00am – 1:00pm
“Heiner Müller in America”, Screening “Mauser”, “A Weekend at the beach…“
by Frank Hentschker, Klaudia Ruschkowski, and Wolfgang Storch
VIDEO: “Heiner Müller in America”
Excerpt from the film by Christoph Rüter: „I don’t want to know who I am“, 2009
INTRODUCTION TO “MAUSER”
Wolfgang Storch, Klaudia Ruschkowski
VIDEO: “Mauser” (Austin, Texas; Directed by Fred Behringer, 1975)
Presentation by Terry Galloway
FILM: “A Weekend at the Beach with Jean-Luc Godard” (Directed by Ira Schneider, 1979; 9’59’’) Heiner Müller with Jean-Luc Godard, Wim Winders and Jean-Pierre Gorin at San Diego.
Memories of Wim Wenders.
3:00pm – 5:15pm
Texts by Heiner Müller for the Conferences
“History in Contemporary Drama” 1975, “Post-Modernism” 1978, “Brecht” 1979
“The Man in the Elevator” (Part of “The Mission. Memory of a Revolution”)
3:00pm – 3:40pm
Money/Politics – Image/Word
Heiner Müller speaking during the PEN congress, New York 1983
by Klaudia Ruschkowski and Wolfgang Storch
“History in Contemporary Drama” (Wisconsin Workshop, 1975)
VIDEO STATEMENT by David Bathrick
READING of translated excerpts
from conference conversation by New York actors: About History, Drama, Learning-Plays, Brecht and Artaud
3:40pm – 4:20pm
“Reflections on Post-Modernism,”
(93rd Annual Convention of Modern Language Association, 1978, New York)
INTRODUCTION by Andreas Huyssen (NYU)
READING of “Reflections on Post-Modernism” by Heiner Müller with New York actors
4:20pm – 4:30pm
5th Brecht Congress, 28-31 March 1979, University of Maryland, College Park
Heiner Müller “Fatzer + – Keuner”
READING of excerpts
4:30pm – 5:15pm
VIDEO “The Man in the Elevator” (Frankfurt, 1987 and New York, 1989)Excerpts of the staged concerts, with words by Heiner Müller,composed and directed by Heiner Goebbels
VIDEO-Interview: “I have to learn to breathe the air of democracy”Heiner Müller in New York, November 1989
6:30pm – 21:30pm
Presentations and videos
Panel with Terry Galloway, Andreas Huyssen, Jonathan Kalb (TBC), Bonnie Marranca (TBC), Frank Hentschker, Klaudia Ruschkowski, Wolfgang Storch
WELCOME / INTRODUCTION
by Frank Hentschker, Klaudia Ruschkowski, and Wolfgang Storch
6:45pm – 7:30pm
“Mauser” (Milwaukee, November 1975, Austin December 1975)
Andreas Huyssen on “Mauser”
Terry Galloway, Powerpoint Presentation: “Mauser” in Austin
Jonathan Kalb on his adaptation of “Mauser”: “Gulliver’s Choice, New York 2003
7:30pm – 8:30pm
FILM: “A Weekend at the Beach with Jean-Luc Godard” (Directed by Ira Schneider, 1979; 1’59’’) Heiner Müller with Jean-Luc Godard, Wim Winders and Jean-Pierre Gorin at San Diego. Memories of Wim Wenders.
“Gundling`s Life Frederick of Prussia Lessing`s Sleep Dream Scream”
(both written after US visit 1975/76)
Klaudia Ruschkowski and Wolfgang Storch on “Gundling`s Life Frederick of Prussia Lessing`s Sleep Dream Scream”, 1976; Projection of manuscripts
Heiner Müller reads in German: “Leben Gundlings”, Austin, 1978. Film by Ginka Tscholakowa
READING of “Lessing’s Sleep Dream Scream”
Frank Hentschker on “Hamletmachine” and short reading
Heiner Müller and actress in Bar in Austin,1978 . Reading of “Hamletmaschine” (Part II and V) Film by Ginka Tscholakowa
8:30pm – 8:45pm
Bonnie Marranca on Introducing Heiner Müller to the American Theatre (TBC)
“The Mission. Memory of a Revolution”(written after US visit 1978) (written after US visit 1978)
8:45pm – 9:15pm
Klaudia Ruschkowski and Wolfgang Storch on “The Mission. Memory of a Revolution”
Jonathan Kalb on “The Mission. Memory of a Revolution”
READING of last scene of Heiner Müller‘s “The Mission. Memory of a Revolution”
9.15pm – 9:30pm
Wolfgang Storch was born in 1943 in Berlin. He studied dramatics, art history and German philology and works as a dramaturge, author, editor and curator. He was engaged at several German theatres, a.o. Schaubühne and Schillertheater Berlin, Schauspiel Frankfurt, and held professor- and lectureships at Freie Universität Berlin, at Hochschule der Künste Berlin, at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, at the University of Frankfurt a. M. and at the Bavarian Theatre Academy. Since 1975, he writes essays and realizes books, scenic works, shows, workshops and symposiums on Heiner Müller. From 1997 to 2013 he was a board member of the International Heiner Müller Society. He published writings and curated numerous art exhibitions and programs on the relationship of the arts, on Italy and the Mediterranean, on the Greek Myths, on “Prussia and the poets”, on Richard Wagner, Bertolt Brecht, Heiner Müller, Luchino Visconti and Jannis Kounellis.
Klaudia Ruschkowski was born in 1959 in Dortmund. She studied German language, literature and arts and works as a dramaturge, author, translator and curator. After engagements at several theatres in West and East Germany, she co-founded in 1991 the European Cultural Center in Thuringia, was one of the directors until 1997 and member of the publishing committee of Via Regia, international journal for cultural communication. From 1999 to 2010 she conceived workshops for the International Heiner Müller Society, in collaboration with Wolfgang Storch, and co-edited a series of volumes about Heiner Müller’s plays. She is known as a literature translator from Italian and English, collaborating since 1997 with the poet and painter Etel Adnan. She is the author of radio plays for Deutschlandradio Berlin, a.o. on Pier Paolo Pasolini and the painter Giuseppe Zigaina, on Mary de Rachewiltz and her father Ezra Pound.
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