Mahler & Kokoschka

Mahler & Kokoschka

Ulrike Quade Company in Theater Bellevue

Theater Bellevue - Main Hall

Tickets are available from €18.50


Artistic concept, direction: Ulrike Quade
Text: Hannah van Wieringen
Performance: Aafke Buringh, Marijn Klaver
Dramaturgy: Thomas Lamers
Scenography: Ruben Wijnstok
Lighting design: Floriaan Ganzevoort
Music: Strijbos & Van Rijswijk
Production assistant: Suze van Miltenburg
Design and construction of mannequins: Ulrike Quade, Pluck Venema
Silicon processing: Sanne Visscher
3D printing: Local Makers
Casting advice: Kemna Casting - Marc van Bree

During the Mahler Festival, the Ulrike Quade Company’s presentation ‘Mahler & Kokoschka’ will be returning to Theater Bellevue for three evenings. About obsessive love, desperation and adoration.

Alma Mahler: composer and Gustav Mahler’s widow.
Oskar Kokoschka: artist, writer, obsessed with Alma.

Alma Mahler wants to be revered. She wants to be the ultimate muse. In the artist Oskar Kokoschka, who is so hopelessly in love, she finds a willing victim. On the cusp of the roaring twenties, their affair is the talk of the town in avant-garde Vienna. Alma Mahler, uncomfortable with the intensity of their love, leaves Kokoschka.

In a desperate attempt to keep her, he has a mannequin made of her. He makes paintings of the mannequin which also accompanies him to the theatre until, besotted by passion and drink, he beheads her during a nocturnal rite.