Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy
Senior citizens’ theatre SeTA chose a witty and bitterly vicious subject matter for their new stage work: Witold Gombrowicz’s grotesquerie “Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy” puts the life of the outsider into focus, delivering a trenchant dissection of the pace in which normality may become unhinged. The piece from 1935 takes place in an imaginary dolls’ state. Yvonne is an enigmatic, passive girl of neither rank nor position. On a whim, the prince enters into engagement with this oddball – and all the courtiers now have to deal with Yvonne. Her mute, shy presence leads to deep insecurity that quickly turns to maliciousness and hate. So, she becomes a corrosive factor within as well as the victim of a society whose main purpose is to secure its own status quo. A perfidious murder plot is set into motion. The play raises the topical question how we, as a society, deal with misfits. How far does our support reach; how much tolerance remains if integration does not deploy according to our concepts?
The staging is in Kathrin Siever’s hands. She has been working with the senior citizens’ group for six years, yet she has an extensive background in professional theatre. Asked what is special about a senior citizen’s theatre group, she answers quickly and decisively: “All players are very aged, some older than 80 years, two even having crossed into their nineties. The single processes within a staging take longer, but this receives more than ample compensation through life experience and presence.“ Claus Clemens, Rheinische Post, 15.12.2021
partners in crime
With: Angelika Avenel von Lieben, Brigitte Fieber, Lis Gansweid, William Hodali, Rolf Kaulmann, Brigitte König, Eugen König, Ulla Krummel, Gisela Lang, Wolfgang Müller, Angelika Niedhart, Gabriele Pickart Alvaro, Frank Schäfer, Klaudia Schneider-Schell. Directed by: Kathrin Sievers. Choreography: Marcus Grolle. Stage: Karolina Wyderka. Costumes: Janin Lang. Prompting: Hildegard Oberheid.
Supported by: The Cultural Department of the State Capital of Düsseldorf, the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG