Terror

by Ferdinand von Schirach
Director Hasko Weber
Video-/Soundart Daniel Hengst
Dramaturgy Ulrich Beck
World Premiere October 03, 2015
Almut ZilcherChairman
Timo WeisschnurLars Koch, defendant
Aylin EsenerBiegler, defense lawyer
Franziska MachensNelson, public prosecutor
Helmut MooshammerChristian Lauterbach, witness
Lisa HrdinaFranziska Meiser, witness
Chairman
Lars Koch, defendant
Biegler, defense lawyer
Nelson, public prosecutor
Christian Lauterbach, witness
Franziska Meiser, witness
Augsburger Allgemeine
Sandra Trauner/Nada Weigelt, dpa, 05.10.2015
Murderer or hero?

“Might the passengers have succeeded in storming the cockpit at the last minute? And why did nobody come up with the idea of evacuating the stadium? The deeper the prosecution delves, the more dubious the “godlike” intervention of the pilot appears to be. Did he have to kill 164 innocent people in order to save 70,000? Was it murder or an act of heroism? The audience has to decide. Neither in Berlin nor Frankfurt is the verdict “guilty”. In both cities, the audience brought in a verdict of “not guilty”. Huge applause in both theatres for the acting and directing – above all for the author, who made a brief appearance on stage in Berlin.”
Murderer or hero?

“Might the passengers have succeeded in storming the cockpit at the last minute? And why did nobody come up with the idea of evacuating the stadium? The deeper the prosecution delves, the more dubious the “godlike” intervention of the pilot appears to be. Did he have to kill 164 innocent people in order to save 70,000? Was it murder or an act of heroism? The audience has to decide. Neither in Berlin nor Frankfurt is the verdict “guilty”. In both cities, the audience brought in a verdict of “not guilty”. Huge applause in both theatres for the acting and directing – above all for the author, who made a brief appearance on stage in Berlin.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Irene Bazinger, 05.10.2015
“In the superimposed videos by Daniel Hengst, airplanes, images of courthouses, statute books and more fly across the backdrop. The camera always moves wildly, the images rushing forward, as if – as it perhaps seemed in the mind of the pilot – they are moving at the speed of sound. (…) Justice, it seems, has little to do with the law here, and the law has nothing to do with the lives and feelings of the audience. The audience ultimately has to decide (…) whether after a short recess the verdict should come in “guilty” or “not guilty”. In Berlin, Lars Koch was acquitted by 255 votes to 207.” “In the superimposed videos by Daniel Hengst, airplanes, images of courthouses, statute books and more fly across the backdrop. The camera always moves wildly, the images rushing forward, as if – as it perhaps seemed in the mind of the pilot – they are moving at the speed of sound. (…) Justice, it seems, has little to do with the law here, and the law has nothing to do with the lives and feelings of the audience. The audience ultimately has to decide (…) whether after a short recess the verdict should come in “guilty” or “not guilty”. In Berlin, Lars Koch was acquitted by 255 votes to 207.”
Inforadio vom rbb
Anke Schäfer, 05.10.2015
‘Terror’: the audience decides if the pilot is guilty

“The fighter-jet pilot Lars Koch sits in front of a concrete wall, beside him big pictures of ‘Ground Zero’ in New York. Director Hasko Weber and his team work minimalistically. They focus entirely on the language, on the explosive nature of the conflict.”
‘Terror’: the audience decides if the pilot is guilty

“The fighter-jet pilot Lars Koch sits in front of a concrete wall, beside him big pictures of ‘Ground Zero’ in New York. Director Hasko Weber and his team work minimalistically. They focus entirely on the language, on the explosive nature of the conflict.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Peter Laudenbach, 05.10.2015
The loudspeaker says: you must not kill

“The climax is clever and sophisticated. The jury, i.e. the audience, has to decide whether the man accused of murdering 164 people is guilty or not guilty, because only by shooting down the aircraft could he prevent it exploding in the Allianz arena. The jurist Ferdinand von Schirach provides convincing arguments for both sides. He thereby drives the aporia of his thought experiment to the extreme: if both judgements – guilty and not guilty of murder – can be convincingly argued, the trial cannot lead to a resolution but rather back to the starting point: to an unsolvable moral dilemma.”
The loudspeaker says: you must not kill

“The climax is clever and sophisticated. The jury, i.e. the audience, has to decide whether the man accused of murdering 164 people is guilty or not guilty, because only by shooting down the aircraft could he prevent it exploding in the Allianz arena. The jurist Ferdinand von Schirach provides convincing arguments for both sides. He thereby drives the aporia of his thought experiment to the extreme: if both judgements – guilty and not guilty of murder – can be convincingly argued, the trial cannot lead to a resolution but rather back to the starting point: to an unsolvable moral dilemma.”

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