GEGEN DIE WAND
A radical comedy about people who have said goodbye to the promise of an enlightened, democratic, tolerant, and just society, inspired by the film of the same name.
An uncompromising reflection on racism in a production directed by Linus Koenig, awarded the Main Prize at the Hessische Theatertage 2017 Festival.
The production in German with Czech subtitles is followed by a discussion.
directed by Linus Koenig
stage design and costumes Linus Koenig
music Thomas Buchenauer (MESSER BRÜDER)
dramaturgy Hannah Schassner
premiere 3 November 2016
Amin Biemnet Haile, Jochen Döring, Hadi Khanjanpour
The production was awarded the main prize at the Hessische Theatertage 2017.
The perspective that the director Linus Koenig unfolded at the Landungsbrücken theatre Frankfurt with his stage adaptation of Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine (Hate) is truly overwhelming. (…) Moreover, Jochen Döring, Amin Biemnet Haile and Hadi Khanjanpour are truly spectacular as the rowdy buddies.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
With one prop in the form of a battered couch and in French tricolour sweatpants, the three actors fill up the stage with vibrating energy for an hour and a half.
Sylvia Staude, Frankfurter Rundschau, 4 November 2016
Linus Koenig (1975) is the co-founder and artistic director of Landungsbrücken Frankfurt theatre. He wanted to become a rock star, then began studying politics in York, England and later did his master’s degree in theatre and cultural management. Koenig debuted as a director with the melancholic slapstick piece Indies (2007). His authorial works also include plays with existential themes Irgendwas mit Nazis (2009), To Be. Hamlet (2011) and Talk Radio (2014). He is also known for his adaptation of modern classics, having staged, for example, Sartre's No Exit (2012) or Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2013). His newest project is a dramaturgical cooperation on Hannah Schassner's parody-like production Sie Heil (2017). He also occasionally performs in his own productions. Apart from direction, dramaturgy and acting, he also focuses on light design. He met with great success with his socio-critical study based on a film of the same name Hass (Hate or La Haine, 2016), which was awarded the main prize of the Hessische Teatertage 2017.
Landungsbrücken Frankfurt is an independent theatre located in a former printing ink factory building in the west of Frankfurt am Main. Landungsbrücken (could be translated as “piers” or “landing bridges”) was founded in 2004 by a group of artists working on projects of the Frankfurt theatres Die Dramatische Bühne, Theater Willy Praml, Theater 695 and theatre club Laiensclub of Alexander Brill. According to the words of the creators themselves, the original idea of this open scene was a desire to reflect the dynamic life of the city and an interest in taking part in its formation. They also wanted to create an independent platform open to various theatre projects from university students, immigrants, or experimental projects by visiting actors and directors and popular children's musicals Ritter Rost. Apart from local artists, the theatre cooperates with a number of renowned German artists (Robert Gernhardt, Martin Semmelrogge, Herbert Fritsch) and institutions (Universität der Künste Berlin, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm).