Boris Nikitin
Language: German with English surtitles
Duration: 50 min
Prices: EUR 15 / 20
10. Sep
Time: 8.30pm
© Donata Ettlin
© Donata Ettlin
  • Q & A

    10 September, following the performance.

  • Poster project

    The poster project Where one is afraid the bodies retreat and there is silence (2020) can be seen in the foyer of Halle E+G, MuseumsQuartier

  • Evening programme

    Click here to view the evening programme.

‘Wherever fear prevails, bodies retreat and silence reigns.’ At the invitation of the Wiener Festwochen, the author, director and curator Boris Nikitin, is presenting two pieces in this year’s edition. Both are based on a dramatic personal experience: the death of Nikitin’s father in 2016 from the neurological disorder ALS. Underpinning the solo performance Versuch über das Sterben (Attempt on Dying) is a minimalistic theatrical arrangement. It is a tender interaction with language that combines biography with fiction, and personal experience with reflection. The modest yet urgent intimacy of this evening of theatre is moving, with Nikitin allowing the audience to join in his contemplation. He reflects on his own coming-out by analogy with his father’s confession that he no longer wished to go on living. Two testimonies that reveal publicly a sense of vulnerability, that understand the ‘vulner-ability’ as a revolutionary ability. ‘It’s like stepping out into a void. All of a sudden something becomes possible.’

  • Artistic Team

    By and with Boris Nikitin Production Management Annett Hardegen

  • Production

    Production It’s The Real Thing Studios (Basel) Coproduction Kaserne Basel Cooperation Festival Internazionale del Teatro (Lugano), Festival de Teatro do Agreste, Spielart (Munich) Funded from the three-year grant of the Theatre/Dance Expert Committee of the Cantons of Basel-Land and Basel-Stadt

    Premiere September 2019, Kaserne Basel

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