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Retrospect

14 May - 18:00 h (Local Time)
Braunschweiger Dom St. Blasii

Photo: Janina Snatzke

LUTHERS FREIHEIT (Luther's freedom)

Luther reading with Claudia Michelsen, Sylvester Groth and Burghart Klaußner with Witold Dulski at the organ

Arranged by Peter Ries
Texts by and about Martin Luther

Reading on 14 May 2017 at 18:00h in the Braunschweiger Dom (Braunschweig Cathedral)

The story
Luther wrote 30 theses explaining his concept of freedom in which he recognizes a close link between self-determination and responsibility towards others. For Luther, freedom stands for the spiritual freedom to believe in God, which enables people to feel love and compassion. Freedom is thus to be understood as a gift resulting from the relationship with God irrespective of the positive or negative conditions of physical existence.

In the Braunschweig Cathedral, Claudia Michelsen, Sylvester Groth and Burkhart Klaußner present eulogies and critical positions, self introspection and self-interpretations to come closer to the persona of Martin Luther, who was anxious and brave, emotional and coarse, consoling and stricken by deep fears in the eyes of his contemporaries and descendants.

The Reformer
A reformer, revolutionary and church dissenter, Martin Luther wrote his Ninety-five Theses 500 years ago. Since then, his writings have led to numerous, not always intentional consequences. As an Augustinian monk, professor of theology, and theological author of the Reformation, Martin Luther (1483-1546) rejected the undesirable developments in the Catholic Church. He opposed the reduction of the church as a mediator between man and God's grace and propagated the exclusive focus on Jesus Christ as the human source of God's word. Luther made his Ninety-five Theses public in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517. This event is being celebrated in 2017 as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

THE ARTISTS

Claudia Michelsen
From 2009 to 2012 she played the part of criminal investigator Ann Gittel alongside Samuel Finzi in the TV series Flemming. Since 2013, she has appeared as detective Doreen Brasch in the crime series Polizeiruf 110 shot in Magdeburg. In 2015, she played in the movie Vier gegen die Bank directed by Wolfgang Petersen.

Sylvester Groth
With determination and passion, he conquered the major German-language theater stages including the Berliner Schaubühne, Munich Kammerspiele and Salzburg Festival. Since the early 1980s, Groth has also demonstrated his diversity in film and television productions. He played Joseph Goebbels in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds (2009) and Dani Levy's Mein Führer (2007). This was followed by literary film adaptations including The Weekend by Bernhard Schlink (2012) and Naked Among Wolves by Bruno Apitz (2015).

Burghart Klaußner
Burghart Klaußner is an actor, theater director, audiobook narrator and singer. He studied at the Berlin Max Reinhardt School of Drama and appeared on the stages of the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Schiller Theater and Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, and at theaters in Frankfurt, Bochum and Zurich. Well known for his roles in television and cinema productions, he also works as a director and writer.

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.