inspired by Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz, Georg Büchner and Johann Friedrich Oberlin | Festival d'Avignon 2016
Michael Obex

The production of "Lenz" was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival as part of the Young Directors Project 2012 (and premiered under the title: "Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz"). Now, the staging in a revised version with a largely new cast has been invited for the 70th edition of the Festival d'Avignon 2016 (IN). The Festival d'Avignon is one of the largest and most prestigious theatre festivals in the world. read more

Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz, Sturm und Drang poet: unquestionably an extraordinary talent and a much-documented sensitive soul. Praised highly during his youth as a literary genius, Lenz became increasingly solitary and isolated throughout the course of his life. He was too free spirited for the spiritual close mindedness of his strictly religious homeland of Livonia; for the society of poets surrounding Goethe at the Weimar court, he was not elegant enough, not polite enough, not well-dressed enough – in short, too poor. Thus, Lenz remained a "wanderer between countries", without a home and misunderstood.

A few decades after Lenz's death, Georg Büchner described his sojourn at the Steintal, a landscape both barren and impressive. Lenz spent twenty days there at the house of Pastor Oberlin. These twenty days became the metaphor of a life-long search in which recurring themes and states of mind intensified: the gradual shift in perception, the effect of nature, the longing for community and communion with others, his being torn and ambivalent, wavering between religious mania and atheism, between hubris and self-castigation, mania and boredom, dreams and wakefulness.The main role of the "Lenz" is played, as is the case in Salzburg, by the Burgtheater actor Markus Meyer. The music is from the Swiss musicians Sophie Hunger, Christian Prader as well as Julian Sartorius, who plays live on stage as a multipercussionist.

The rest of the cast is taken care of by a new line-up: Heinz Trixner (Monsieur Oberlin), Cornelia Köndgen (Madame Oberlin), Jele Brückner (the maid), Jakob Egger (a villager) Noah Fida and Merlin Miglinci (a schoolboy) in action.

Dates and Cast

8th July 2016 premiere, Cours du Lycee Saint-Joseph, 10pm
9th July, 10pm
10th July, no showing
11th July, 10pm
12th July, 10pm
13th July, 10pm

Tickets Festival d'Avignon

This is a coproduction of the Salzburg Festival, the Young Directors Project 2012 and Montblanc with support from: Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts and Culture, Austrian Cultural Forum Paris and HS Art Service Austria


WITH Markus Meyer (Lenz), Cornelia Köndgen (Madame Oberlin), Heinz Trixner (Monsieur Oberlin), Jele Brückner (the maid), Jakob Egger (a villager) ,Noah Fida and Merlin Miglinci (a schoolboy) | Adaption and Director Cornelia Rainer | Set and Costume Design Aurel Lenfert | Technical Director Alexander Breitner | Lighting Design Bernhard Schmidhuber | Sound Design Christian Venghaus | Dramaturgy/Collaboration Text Sibylle Dudek | Sound Engineer Ralf Anderer | Production Supervisor (France) Leslie Menahem | Assistant Director Claire Tudela | Photography Michael Obex


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