Hunger. Peer Gynt

based on Knut Hamsun / Henrik Ibsen
Director / Set Sebastian Hartmann
Image / Installation / Video Tilo Baumgärtel
Stage lighting Lothar Baumgarte
Sound Marcel Braun, Björn Mauder
Dramaturgy Claus Caesar
Premiere
19 October 2018, Deutsches Theater
Elias Arens
Edgar Eckert
Manuel Harder
Marcel Kohler
Peter René Lüdicke
Linda Pöppel
Linn Reusse
Natali Seelig
Cordelia Wege
Almut Zilcher
nachtkritik.de
Simone Kaempf, 19.10.2018
Hartmann’s production does not have a comprehensible plot; rather, it is an associative stream of dark moods, feverish philosophising, an unmasking of madness that has long since been banished from day-to-day modern life. Everything flows together into an overwhelming piece of theatre: black silhouettes of people dancing in the mist with hats, dresses and profiles from a bleak turn of the twentieth century. Meanwhile, art projections of oversized body tattoos are superimposed on the arms, legs and upper bodies of the actors. [...] Hartmann’s production does not have a comprehensible plot; rather, it is an associative stream of dark moods, feverish philosophising, an unmasking of madness that has long since been banished from day-to-day modern life. Everything flows together into an overwhelming piece of theatre: black silhouettes of people dancing in the mist with hats, dresses and profiles from a bleak turn of the twentieth century. Meanwhile, art projections of oversized body tattoos are superimposed on the arms, legs and upper bodies of the actors. [...]
Berliner Morgenpost
Katrin Pauly, 21.10.2018
Hunger. Peer Gynt at the Deutsches Theater is not an easy production, but those who engage with it are richly rewarded [...] Hunger. Peer Gynt at the Deutsches Theater is not an easy production, but those who engage with it are richly rewarded [...]
Der Tagesspiegel
Christine Wahl, 22.10.2018
He who dares, and crosses Hamsun with Ibsen, wins: Sebastian Hartmann’s magnificent production Hunger. Peer Gynt. [...]

How refreshing that someone is taking risks again in theatre! That someone has a different (well-founded) idea than simply putting images to text in order to hammer out a plot line. [...] And all the more refreshing that Hartmann’s collision actually creates extraordinary sparks. [...]
He who dares, and crosses Hamsun with Ibsen, wins: Sebastian Hartmann’s magnificent production Hunger. Peer Gynt. [...]

How refreshing that someone is taking risks again in theatre! That someone has a different (well-founded) idea than simply putting images to text in order to hammer out a plot line. [...] And all the more refreshing that Hartmann’s collision actually creates extraordinary sparks. [...]
Berliner Zeitung
Doris Meierhenrich, 23.10.2018
Hartmann’s idea of shooting these two antipodes at each other ‘like in a particle accelerator’ in order to release new thought energies is convincing. Together with the actors, who were involved in the reading and creation process, he took only a few parts of the text – more Hamsun than Ibsen – which the poised actors yell, whine and pant like ‘free radicals’ (Hartmann) as they run to the front of the stage against a backdrop that is in constant motion. [...]  Hartmann’s idea of shooting these two antipodes at each other ‘like in a particle accelerator’ in order to release new thought energies is convincing. Together with the actors, who were involved in the reading and creation process, he took only a few parts of the text – more Hamsun than Ibsen – which the poised actors yell, whine and pant like ‘free radicals’ (Hartmann) as they run to the front of the stage against a backdrop that is in constant motion. [...] 

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