24 | 01 | 18


E-Werk Maschinensaal
25 | 08 | 2017



A transnational theater project by Robert Schuster and Julie Paucker

MALALAI - The Afghan Joan of Arc //

based on the play by Friedrich Schiller

The legend of Joan of Arc is a national myth in France. Friedrich Schiller has dedicated one of his best-known dramatic works to this young woman fighting at the risk of her life for her conviction, her faith and her land in a highly maledominated world.

In Afghanistan there is some similar story that tells of Malalai who used to be a nurse during the war of independence against the British colonial power in 1880. When the Afghans had lost faith, Malalai lifted her veil, made a flag out of it and stormed towards the enemies. The soldiers followed her and won the battle.

Such mythic and political dimension of these female holy warriors and icons for freedom is the starting point of this theater project. It was developed in a concerted action together with French, Afghan, German and Israeli actors with a Muslim, Jewish, Christian or atheist background and starts where the production «KULA - to Europe» had to stop in 2016, as Afghan actors were denied entry to Germany.

Robert Schuster

Text & Dramaturgy
Julie Paucker

Stage Design & Costumes
Eva-Maria van Acker

Head of Movement
Martin Gruber

Sound Design & Geräusche
Max Bauer

Gulab Jan Bamik, Hadar Dimand, Said Edris Fakhri, Ahmad Nasir Formuli, Marcus Horn, Thaïs Lamothe, Céline Martin-Sisteron, Abdul Mahfoz Nejrabi, Sulaiman Sohrab Salem, Jonas Schlagowsky, Romaric Séguin, Homan Wesa

Light & Technical Direction
Christian Schirmer

Sarah Hölscher

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Kunstfest Weimar

Schauspielhaus Bochum, Theater Chur

Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Goethe-Institut, Institut français Berlin, Institut français Erfurt