The former skier and Austrian downhill champion Nicola Werdenigg says that "Austrian skiing is the holy cow of sports culture in Austria". Last year she took the decision to publicize the abuse of power and sexual harassment that took place during the seventies in Austrian ski boarding schools, training camps and at competitions. She pictures a repressive atmosphere in a closed, misogynistic and hierarchic society: trainers, teachers and schoolmasters, who pressurized and abused their protégés in the name of competitive sports. With her unveilings, Werdenigg is shaking the Austrian self-assurance to its very foundations.
Elfriede Jelinek has taken this as a reason to create a critical and discursive play that exposes our European history of morality. The play offers changing perspectives and positions as well as historical and modern role models. It poses questions of justice, our self-image of morality, punishment and guilt. The new oeuvre of the Austrian Nobel prize winner for literature had its world premiere at the Schauspiel Köln directed by Stefan Bachmann.
Director Stefan Bachmann
Set / Costumes Jana Findeklee, Joki Tewes
Composition / musical setting Gajek
Choreography Sabina Perry
Stage lighting Michael Gööck
Dramaturgy Beate Heine
Guest performance Schauspiel Köln
30 + 31 May 2019