9th Festival 1999


Sonntag 31. Nov. und Montag 01. Nov. // 19.30 – 21.00 Uhr
Schaubühne Lindenfels

Schaubühne Lindenfels, Leipzig


Die Legende vom Ozeanpianisten

Stück nach dem gleichnamigen Buch von Alessandro Baricco


Alessandro Baricco
(Deutsche Übersetzung: Karin Krieger)

Konzeption, Textfassung und Inszenierung:

Anka Baier und René Reinhardt

Bühnenbild und Lichtdesign:

Bernd Erich Gengelbach


René Reinhardt

A man is born on a vessel and he never leaves it till his death. Once he gets to go out into the world, but he – the pianist on the ocean Novecento – stays. The desire to leave mixes with the fear to do so.

The text »Novecento«, name of the pianist and his year of birth 1900 at the same time, is indefinitely high in metaphors: his destiny – a journey without ending on an ocean liner – a journey through the history of our century. After »Silk« and »Land made of Glass«, Alessandro Baricco, born in Turin in 1958, wrote this formidable poetic text in 1994, which was brought to stage in Germany by René Reinhardt for the first time.

René Reinhardt, born in Berlin in 1966, co-initiator and artistic director of the Schaubühne Lindenfels since 1994, created successfully an evening with his scenic implementation of the »Novecento« text that can be ranked among the happiest ones in the past years within Leipzig's independent scene. In a fascinating room, created by Bernd Erich Gengelbach, and bathed in a wan, eerie light, the morbid column structure and the waves of the ocean melt into the finiteness infiniteness of the world.

Following the big success of the debut performance in May – afterwards the Schaubühne had to end its theatre work for financial reasons at the end of the year – it will show »Novecento« twice again now, upon specific request by the euro-scene Leipzig – a topically and artistically momentous contribution at the end of our century.

Uraufführung: 29.05.1999, Leipzig

Produktion: Schaubühne Lindenfels, Leipzig