Arthur Köstler

Det Åbne Hjerte (2019)

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SIGNA and Århus Festuge are proud to present Det Åbne Hjerte (The Open Heart), an original durational performance installation in the former county hospital in Århus, Denmark, the city of Signa Köstler's birth.

Det Åbne Hjerte is the sequel to SIGNA's latest work, Das Halbe Leid (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg 2017/2018)

The 12-hour performance (running time is 19:00 to 07:00) features a cast of more then 50 Danish and international performers, and explores the pendulum swings of power in the borderland between compassion and complacency.

60 people per evening will be invited for a "seminar in empathy" run by the fictional association The Open Heart, founded by "The  Compassionates" - these are individuals who accommodate and study human beings surviving on the fringes of society, known as "The Sufferers".

As a seminar participant, each audience member is assigned a bed, a locker, and a personal mentor from the ranks of "The Sufferers", respectively. During the performance, the audience will adopt their mentor's name and clothes and will experience their world from inside their embodied experience.

Booking arrangements:

Each participant will be assigned a bed for 12 hours. On site they will be given clothes to wear and their personal belongings will be stored in a locker. Access to the locker is possible at all times. Simple substantial meals are provided. Additional food and drink can be purchased during the course (CASH ONLY). It is not allowed to bring alcohol. Participation from age 16.

Language: Danish, English, German and more

Tickets: Århus Festuge

Dates & Times:
30. Aug - 01. Sep. 2019
04. - 08. Sep. 2019
12. - 15. Sep. 2019
19. - 22. Sep. 2019
26. - 29. Sep. 2019

Always from 19:00 - 07:00

Duration: 12 hours

Place: Amtssygehuset, Tage Hansens Gade 2, Århus, Denmark

Public Capacity: 60

Concept & Book: Signa Köstler

Direction: Signa Köstler with Arthur Köstler

Set Design: Signa Köstler with Lorenz Vetter

Sound, Media and Technical Design: Arthur Köstler with Simon Salem Müller

Costume Design: Tristan Kold with Signa Köstler

Production: SIGNA and Århus Festuge

Devising Ensemble: (in alphabetical order)
Agnes Jung Lassen
Alexandra Zoe
Anaïs Manon Mazic
Andreas Schneiders
Annabel Grosse
Anne Sofie Skovlund Nielsen
Annika Rohde
Anton Cornelius Thorsø Schulze
Arthur Köstler
Diana Tørsløv Møller
Dominik Klingberg
Ea Melissa Herbst Gjedde Christiansen
Erich Goldmann
Erik Ebert
Eva Vium
Helle Kirstine Egsgaard
Imke Grabe
Johanna Schmidt
Julian Sark
Karoline Amalie Severinsen
Kristian Pallesen
Larysa Venediktova
Lena Bruun Bondeson
Liv Cappi Grunnet
Lorenz Vetter
Louisa Aisin
Mara Nitz
Maria Cecilie Vejlgaard
Marie Kim Skovgaard Larsen
Markus Schmon
Mikkel Lystbæk
Nana Lohmann
Nana Senderovitz
Nathalia Fleron
Nora Scherer
Oleksandr Lebediev
Poul Magne Skov
Samuel Otte
Signa Köstler
Simon Salem Müller
Sofie Ruffing
Sonja Salkowitsch
Stine Korsgaard
Tessa Hoder
Therese Mastek
Thomas Diepeveen
Tilman Gunz
Tom Korn
Tristan Kold 

Guest Stars:
Alexander Stæger
Amanda Babaei Vieira
Fabian Raith
Georg Bütow
Hannah Grady
Luisa Taraz
Madeleine Kate McGowan
Mareike Wenzel
Merethe Bahn Trolle
Nana-Francisca Schottländer
René Marvin Kuhnke
Simon Steinhorst
Sonia Pikart
Victor Malmberg Vejle
Zille Gellert

Guest Assistants: 
Annabel Grosse
Anne Sofie Skovlund Nielsen
Annika Rohde
Anton Cornelius Thorsø Schulze
Helle Kirstine Egsgaard
Karoline Amalie Severinsen
Mara Nitz
Mikkel Lystbæk

Production Leader: 
Arthur Köstler


Scene42 S/I v. Christine Bibaud og Erling Larsen

Erich Goldmann

Special Thanks:

Dorthe Arendt Elkjær
Peter Köstler


Supported by:

Vilhelm Kiers Fond



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