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Katja Dreyer - Ophelia Comes to Brooklyn

maa 29/01/2018 > zon 11/02/2018

”the self is also a creation, the principal work of your life, the crafting of which makes everyone an artist. This unfinished work of becoming only ends when you do, if then and the consequences live on.” Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

Ophelia Comes to Brooklyn is a theatre text written by Antje Katcher in 1982. Antje immigrated from a small German town to New York City in 1967, at the age of 20. When she died in 2014 she left a mountain of things to her niece, Katja Dreyer: objects, letters, poems, an apartment, a group of friends, a history. All fragments of a biography, waiting to be reconfigured.

Now, in the first-ever staging of the theatre text Ophelia comes to Brooklyn, three actors attempt to decipher the story through a whole life that’s been lived. Together with the audience, they dive through different times and places: Germany in the fifties, Russia in the sixties, New York City in the seventies. They encounter anti war movements, poetry readings, a commemoration. How can you read a person by what she’s written and has left behind? How did Antje recreate herself, traveling from post-war Germany into the New World?