Mikkel Lystbæk, Ea Melissa Herbst Gjedde Christiansen

Det Åbne Hjerte (2019)

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 as Celine
Alexandra Zoe as Irini
Anaïs Manon Mazic as Angy
Andreas Schneiders as Sheriff
Annabel Grosse as Nastia
Anne Sofie Skovlund Nielsen as Heidi
Annika Rohde as Jana
Anton Cornelius Thorsø Schulze as Niklas
Arthur Köstler as Keller-Reini
Diana Tørsløv Møller as Isabella
Dominik Klingberg as Surveillance-Patrick
Ea Melissa Herbst Gjedde Christiansen as Melani
Erich Goldmann as Moses Tesar
Erik Ebert as Jimmy
Eva Vium as Michella
Helle Kirstine Egsgaard as Berit
Imke Grabe as Gretchen
Johanna Schmidt as Ute
Julian Sark as Peter Freund
Karoline Amalie Severinsen as Nadia
Kristian Pallesen as Tonny
Larysa Venediktova as Yana
Lena Bruun Bondeson as Stefani
Liv Cappi Grunnet as Nivi
Lorenz Vetter as Wolfgang
Louisa Aisin as Blessing
Poul Magne Skov as William
Mara Nitz as Helena
Maria Cecilie Vejlgaard as Charlotte
Marie Kim Skovgaard Larsen as Natasja
Markus Schmon as Computer-Patrick
Mikkel Lystbæk as Tim
Nana Lohmann as Ivalu
Nana Senderovitz as Dora
Nathalia Fleron as Kimmie
Nora Scherer as Sharonna
Oleksandr Lebediev as Kolya
Simon Salem Müller as Schippe
Samuel Otte as Jack
Signa Köstler as Lonnie
Sofie Ruffing as Lore
Sonja Salkowitsch as Randi
Stine Korsgaard as Annie
Tessa Hoder as Daniella
Therese Mastek as Carina
Thomas Diepeveen as Florin
Thor Albin Kjær  as Daniel
Tilman Gunz as Jonathan
Tom Korn as John Koch
Tristan Kold as Minu 

Guest Stars:
Alexander Stæger as Oliver
Amanda Babaei Vieira as Alina
Fabian Raith as Rolf
Georg Bütow as Cliff
Hannah Grady as Joyce
Luisa Taraz as Anette
Madeleine Kate McGowan as Nelly
Mareike Wenzel as Bauchstech-Anna
Merethe Bahn Trolle as Monica
Nana-Francisca Schottländer as Laila
René Marvin Kuhnke as Gaze
Simon Steinhorst as Blondie
Sonia Pikart as Pamela
Victor Malmberg Vejle as Jason
Zille Gellert as Sandy

Guest Assistants: 
Annabel Grosse
Annika Rohde
Anton Cornelius Thorsø Schulze
Helle Kirstine Egsgaard
Karoline Amalie Severinsen
Mara Nitz
Mikkel Lystbæk
Stine Korsgaard

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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