3 Episodes of life

Internationally acclaimed Swedish artist Markus Öhrn has already garnered a great deal of attention with his unmistakeable performances at past editions of the Wiener Festwochen. His latest work draws on the #MeToo movement and investigates instances of abuse in the work environment. For this commissioned work, he has further developed his unconventional dramatic style, masterfully playing with different narrative and dramatic formats. On three consecutive evenings, Öhrn presents atmospherically and aesthetically varied episodes that show everyday work situations suddenly shifting and ultimately ending up in a courtroom. In a new format he calls “silent movie theatre”, where silent film meets live art, he again makes use of the masks that have become something of a trademark for him. One of the world’s leading theremin players, the Austrian Dorit Chrysler, and pianist Arno Waschk, Öhrn’s long-time collaborator, are composing a special musical mood for each episode, which they will perform live on stage in Vienna. This journey into the darkest depths of the human psyche is surreal, highly topical and analytically accurate. A series with an addictive quality!

Artistic Team

Concept, direction, stage design Markus Öhrn With Dorit Chrysler (composer, Theremin), Arno Waschk (composer, pianist, conductor)Actors Janet Rothe, Jakob Öhrman Masks, costumes, props Makode Linde Text Myra Åhbeck Öhrman Sound technician Eskil Lövström


Production Wiener Festwochen, Institutet Cofunded by Kampnagel (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt a.M.)
With the support of Swedish Arts Council

Premiere May 2019, Wiener Festwochen