Three Sisters

    21/05  | 20:00 - 21:20
    22/05  | 20:00 - 21:20
    23/05  | 20:00 - 21:20

€20 / €16
1h20
German, English → NL, FR

In Three Sisters Susanne Kennedy starts from a topical scene of Chekhov’s classic: the three sisters Masja, Olga and Irina dream of leaving the Russian province for a more exciting life – “to Moscow!” –, but are immobilized by the fear that their lives will stay the same. Kennedy accurately works on a change of perspective: if Chekhov’s Three Sisters is generally read as symbolic of the decadence of pre-revolutionary bourgeois society, her sisters as simply trapped into female roles too often described in attitudes of waiting and passivity. Susanne Kennedy is one of the most important German directors today, here for the first time in Brussels. With Three Sisters she imagines a time capsule travelling throughout centuries, from adaptation to adaptation, from role to role. Zapping from one scene to the other, we find for instance ourselves in the middle of My Three Sisters, a Venezuelan telenovela that shares nothing but the title with Chekhov… and back to the Russian classic again. It is an impressive and magistral scenic result, carefully constructed, and with a unique way of acting, alluding to Second Life and our daily pleasure in projecting and observing our identities in virtual scenarios. Three Sisters ultimately asks whether we would make other choices, if our lives were endlessly repeated: “It’s a story that happened yesterday, but I know it’s tomorrow.”

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-KVS

With: Manuela Clarin, Kristin Elsen, Marie Groothof, Walter Hess, Eva Löbau,
Christian Löber, Benjamin Radjaipour, Sibylle Sailer, Anna Maria Sturm
Artistic collaborators: Rodrik Biersteker, Richard Janssen
Extras: Manuela Clarin, Kristin Elsen, Sibylle Sailer
Video: Rodrik Biersteker
Stage Production: Susanne Kennedy
Stage design: Lena Newton
Lighting: Rainer Casper
Costume: Teresa Vergho
Sound design: Richard Janssen
Dramaturgy: Helena Eckert

Production: Münchner Kammerspiele Brussels performances with the support of
Goethe-Institut

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Susanne Kennedy
Susanne Kennedy, born in Friedrichshafen in 1977, studied at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam. At the Nationaltheater in The Hague, she has recently directed productions by Henrik Ibsen (Hedda Gabler), Enda Walsh (The New Electric Ballroom), Sarah Kane (Phaedra’s Love) and Elfriede Jelinek (Über Tiere). Her productions, which have an installational character, have been invited several times to the Dutch Theatertreffen. In 2011, she was invited as a guest director to the Gent Theatre with her production of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant. During the Berlin Theatertreffen in 2014, Susanne Kennedy was awarded the 3-Sat prize for her production of Fegefeuer in Ingolstadt (2013) at the Münchner Kammerspiele. Her subsequent staging of Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? (2014) was invited to the Theatertreffen 2015. In cooperation with the Ruhrtriennale in 2015 she created the installative opera Orfeo and MEDEA.MATRIX in 2016. In the 2017/18 season, Susanne Kennedy became a member of the creative directorship at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. She recently directed Die Selbstmord-Schwestern/The Virgin Suicides at the Münchner Kammerspiele based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides and Drei Schwestern based on Anton Tschechow.

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