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Woyzeck, Final Scene, A Public Place

The last public execution in Leipzig, Marketplace Leipzig
27.08.2017 - 18:00

“Woyzeck, Final Scene, a Public Place” is the reconstruction of a judicial killing carried out in 1824 – on 27th August, to be precise – for the purposes of education and to act as a deterrent, in front of a large audience in the centre of the enlightened urban society of Leipzig, a city famous for its trade fairs, music and books. The Schaubühne Lindenfels is staging a memorial on the actual historical date, aiming to bring to life, and make real and memorable, the historical truth, namely: History concerns us all! The theatre company, the Stiftung Bürger für Leipzig (Leipzig Citizen’s Foundation) Chorus, the Leipzig Museum of City History and Amnesty International will use the last public execution in Leipzig as an example to prompt discussion about continuity and discontinuity in the history of urban societies. The piece deals with the realisation that as citizens, we all create history, that we can, or could, shape it, if we become aware of our role as engaged individuals or groups, as extras or co-creators – as the people. The very concrete setting of Leipzig’s market square makes the topic “representable” and “discussable”, but it also has a resonance reaching far beyond its immediate context. All Leipzigers and visitors to Leipzig are invited to become part of this unique, one-off production, by playing the crowd, joining in spontaneously with the choir or simply as seemingly unconcerned passers-by.

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Schaubühne Lindenfels gAG
Karl-Heine-Str. 50
04229 Leipzig

Event location:

Marketplace Leipzig
04109 Leipzig