VOM LÄRM DER WELT //
When the Augustine monk and professor of theology Martin Luther levelled his grievances in the form of 95 theses at the archbishop of Mainz and his support of indulgences and other abuses of the faith, he sparked a movement that would shake the foundation of Europe in the 16th and 17th century. With that one act of disobedience, Luther unexpectedly found himself at the centre of a political power struggle – an icon for some and an archenemy for others, a source of hope and a heretic in one.
Soon an entire network of new ideas to reform the Church and redefine the distribution of power between secular and religious institutions expanded beyond the countries of central Europe. One hundred and fifty years later, a new order in Europe began taking shape – with new coalitions and new fronts.
As for Luther, whose original proposals had provided fodder for far-reaching interpretation, he ultimately viewed the ensuing events with growing bitterness. He saw his moderate position concerning the relationship between church and state questioned by a younger generation of radical protagonists such as Thomas Müntzer, the slaughter of the Peasants’ Revolt and the battles of secession in the Holy Roman Empire – all of this he saw as the practical (and, for his part, unintended) result of his purely idealistic criticism of the church.
In the first season, we address the theme of resistance as a possible form of human existence with all of its consequences – with reference to the age of Reformation. In a collage which draws on various theatrical forms of expression, we want to go in search of the traces of this revolutionary movement and reflect its far-reaching repercussions in the present. Do correlations exist between the figureheads of the Reformation – Luther, Calvin and Müntzer – and the »Republican Escape into Death« (W. Biermann) by the Magdeburg pastor Brüsewitz? What does moralistic rigorism look like today?
This project is an artistic collaboration between dramatic theatre, music theatre and the Staatskapelle Weimar. It forms the basis of a five-year cycle which will feature major events in German history which have a concrete connection to the history of Weimar.