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Program

22 April - 18:00 h (Local Time)
Braunschweiger Dom

Photo: Janina Snatzke

PARADISE LOST
An oratorio of the word

Collage with Claudia Michelsen, Burghart Klaußner and Alexander Scheer
at the organ: Witold Dulski
adapted by Peter Ries and Bernd Kauffmann

Content/Authors
The fact that there is something innate in human beings that we now call dignity has been recognized by civilizations since time immemorial. For thousands of years, power structures have determined the degree of human dignity accorded to each individual. Throughout the ages, it has mainly been the poets and philosophers who have spoken out when living conditions and progress deprived people of their decency, their social cohesion, or their self-respect; or when people treated each other without dignity or deference. This collage, which takes its title from John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost and is accompanied and deepened with organ compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, revolves around the condition of dignity over the course of time and its awkward ambivalence between progress and loss. The words of poets and philosophers, including William Shakespeare, Georg Diez, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hans Blumenberg, Karate Andi, Bruno Latour, Max Frisch, Martin Luther, Charles Baudelaire, Jack Kerouac, Christian Kracht, Paul Valéry, Barbara Vinken, and Dieter Henrich, explore the meaning of dignity in times of migration, dislocation, the threat to nature, and the digitalization of all earthly things. The genesis of this concept that is so fundamental to human civilization also confirms the human ability to salvage dignity as the most important catalyst for the safeguarding and integrity of creation.

Actors
Claudia Michelsen is known for her sensitive portrayals of women in extreme situations. She has received two Grimme Awards and other honours for her roles in the literary adaptations The Tower and Grenzgang. Michelsen has played the Magdeburg police inspector on Polizeiruf 110 since 2013. She appeared in the film Vier gegen die Bank by Wolfgang Petersen in 2015 and the three-part television series The Same Sky by Oliver Hirschbiegel in 2017. Claudia Michelsen's most recent Movimentos Festival appearances were in Pascal Rambert's Love's End and Kurt Tucholsky's Rheinsberg in 2016 and Luther's Freedom in 2017.

Burghart Klaußner has performed at renowned theatres in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Zurich. He received a number of awards for his performance of the title role in the 2015 feature film The People vs. Fritz Bauer (directed by Lars Kraume). Other screen appearances that year included 13 Minutes and Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies. He was awarded the German Film Critics' Prize in 2009 for his outstanding portrayal of the village pastor in Michael Haneke's Oscar-nominated film The White Ribbon. Burghart Klaußner has been a Movimentos Festival regular since 2010, most recently in the staged readings In Praise of Tolerance (2013) and Luther's Freedom (2017).

Alexander Scheer began acting at the Schauspielhaus Bochum under artistic director Leander Haußmann in 1999. Self-taught, he became known to a wider audience through Haußmann's film adaptation of the novel Sonnenallee. This was followed by engagements at Hamburg's Deutsches Schauspielhaus, at the Schauspielhaus Zürich, at the Vienna Burgtheater and at the Volksbühne in Berlin, where his most recent role was Lord Byron in Frank Castorf's Faust. His recent film credits include Tschick (Fatih Akin, 2016) and the lead role in Gundermann (Andreas Dresen, 2018). Alexander Scheer was named actor of the year by the theatre journal Theater heute for Kean in Frank Castorf's 2008 Volksbühne production. He was involved in the performance of Edward Albee's Zoo Story at the 2014 Movimentos Festival and the reading from Ágota Kristóf's The Notebook in 2015.

Witold Dulski serves as cantor and organist at St. Blasii Cathedral, Braunschweig, musical director of the Braunschweig Cathedral singing school, and lecturer in liturgy at the Braunschweig Church seminary. Born in Poland, Dulski studied piano at the state academy of music in Gdansk and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. He performs throughout Europe as conductor, concert pianist and organist in addition to his work on radio and CD recordings and live broadcasts. As an organist he has accompanied the Movimentos Festival readings in Brunswick Cathedral since 2012.