Celebrated German director Thomas Ostermeier takes on Ibsen’s 19th century play in a riotous stage production
The internationally renowned theatre director Thomas Ostermeier brings his signature aesthetics and gritty realism to a Southeast Asian stage for the first time. Ostermeier gives a modern update to Henrik Ibsen’s still topical story of one man’s crusade to tell the truth at all costs. In between a rock band rehearsal, hipster costumes, riffs from David Bowie, and an electrifying climax where the audience is called upon to participate in rowdy debate, the remarkable production boldly tackles very contemporary dilemmas that seem to have added resonance six years after its Berlin premiere.
In collaboration with dramaturg Florian Borchmeyer, Thomas Ostermeier takes up Henrik Ibsen’s central leitmotifs of truth, freedom, justice and the tyranny of the majority. An Enemy of the People follows the messianic journey of a Dr Stockmann who discovers that the drinking water in his spa town is contaminated by industrial waste, and the persecution he faces when his exposé becomes inconvenient to the tourism the town depends on.
Since its premiere in 2012, An Enemy of the People has won rave reviews from critics and audiences alike in Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Melbourne and Seoul.
The Schaubühne Berlin
The Schaubühne Berlin was founded in 1962 and has called the Mendelsohn building at Lehniner Platz its home since 1981. Besides German directors Thomas Ostermeier, Michael Thalheimer, Falk Richter and Marius von Mayenburg, acclaimed international directors such as Romeo Castellucci (Italy), Katie Mitchell (UK), Rodrigo García (Argentina) and Angélica Liddell (Spain) have also staged their works at the Schaubühne Berlin. The Schaubühne Berlin is one of the best-known theatres in Germany and over 100 performances are staged worldwide annually by its touring productions.
Thomas Ostermeier studied directing at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts (Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch”) in Berlin. He became artistic director and director of the Baracke at the Deutsches Theater Berlin in 1996. Ostermeier has staged productions at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Munich Kammerspiele and at the Austrian national theatre, the Burgtheater in Vienna. Since 1999, Ostermeier has been the resident director and artistic director at the Schaubühne Berlin. He has received numerous awards for his productions which are performed worldwide.