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FEAST: Yoruba Project by The Royal Court Theatre and The Young Vic

FEAST: Yoruba Project by The Royal Court Theatre and The Young Vic

Start: Dec 12, 2016
End: Dec 12, 2016
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 19

Heiner Müller‘s Discovery of America


Heiner Müller in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, December 1975. Photo courtesy of Jack Zipes. With writting from Heiner Müller

Click here to watch the livestreamed event! (starts at 6:30pm)

Monday, December 19
Segal Theatre
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 GallowayFrank 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

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”)

Part 1
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

Part 2
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 


Part 3
4:20pm – 4:30pm

5th Brecht Congress, 28-31 March 1979, University of Maryland, College Park
Heiner Müller “Fatzer + – Keuner”

READING of excerpts


Part 4
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

by Frank Hentschker, Klaudia Ruschkowski, and Wolfgang Storch

Part 1
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

Part 2
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”
“The Hamletmachine”
(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

Part 3
8:30pm – 8:45pm
Bonnie Marranca on Introducing Heiner Müller to the American Theatre (TBC)

Part 4
“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.

Start: Dec 19, 2016
End: Dec 19, 2016
Venue: Segal Theatre
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