Intolleranza II

Concept and Direction: Christoph Schlingensief
Set Design: Thekla von Mülheim, Christian Schlechter
Costume Design: Aino Laberenz
Lighting Design: Voxi Bärenklau, Michael Dietze
Video: Meika Dresenkamp
Music and Musical Direction: Arno Waschk
Sound Design: David Gierth
Dramaturgy: Anna Heesen, Carl Hegemann

Brigitte Cuvelier, Kerstin Graßmann, Mamounata „Kandy“ Guira, Friederike Harmsen, Claudia Sgarbi, Olivia Stahn, Isabelle Tassembedo, Jean Marie Gomzoudou Boucougou, Jean Chaize, Issoufou Kienou, Stefan Kolosko, Amado Komi, Johannes Lauer, Christian Radovan, Ahmed Soura, Nicolas Ulrich Séverin Tounga, Abdoul Kader Traore, Arno Waschk, Wilfried Zoungrana

Assistant Director: Agathe Chion, Sophia Simitzis,
Nicola Ahr

Assistant Costume Design: Charlotte Pistorius,
Michaela Muchina

Sound Operator: Rupert Derschmidt
Lighting Operator: Hans Fründt
Video Operator: Heta Multanen
Technical Direction: Christian Schlechter, Kilian Krieg
Stage/Props: Nanna Neudeck, Susanne Fehenberger, Andreas Kless
Collaboration Set Design: Kerstin Junge, Julia Ries

Assisted by students of HfbK Braunschweig: Armagan Aydin, Sina Dunker,
Martina Gromadzki, Maria Manasterny, Imke Meyer, Nina Olczak, Christian Retschlag,
Doreen Schwarz, Sabine Sellig, Deborah Uhde

Interpreter and Artist Relations: Wilfried Zoungrana
Coordination and Company Management: Corinne Halter, Lisa Herkenhöhner
Translations: Agathe Chion, Anne Hosemann
Promptbook: Natascha Gangl
Director’s Trainee: Anne Hosemann, Marie Ohl
Casting and Rehearsals Ouagadougou: Sophia Simitzis
Répétiteur Ouagadougou: Roman Lemberg
Video Documentation: Lionel Some
Technical Coordination Berlin: Ingo Keller, Bertfried Wetzel
Production Management: Alexa Gräfe, Johanna von Rigal, Katharina Benecke
Project Management: Claudia Kaloff, Celina Nicolay

World Premiere 15 May 2010 in Brussels
Duration: approx. 1 hour, 30 minutes

Brigitte Cuvelier

Brigitte Cuvelier was born in Belgium and completed her dance training at the “Conservatoire Royal de la Monnaie” in Brussels. She danced with the Ballet du XXe siècle (Maurice Béjart), and at various theatres, in locations including Frankfurt am Main, Amsterdam and Mannheim.

From 1990 to 1999 she was a performer in choreographic theatre (Johann Kresnik) first of all in Bremen, then at the Volksbühne on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. She has worked as an actress with various directors including Frank Castorf, Alexis Forestier, Herbert Fritsch, Ruedi Häusermann, Karin Henkel, Christoph Marthaler, René Pollesch, Christoph Schlingensief and Martin Wuttke.

In 2012, she acted in the feature film by Christine Groß and Ute Schall “Das traurige Leben der Gloria S.” (The Sad Life of Gloria S.). She has also worked as a choreographer with the producers Sebastian Baumgarten, Schorsch Kamerun, Jürg Kienberger and René Pollesch.

Kerstin Grassmann

Kerstin Grassmann, born in 1959 in Olbernhau, has been performing on the great theatre stages for 25 years and has acted in numerous performances by Christoph Schlingensief, including “Rocky Dutschke´68”, “Art and Vegetables” and “Kaprow City” at the Berliner Volksbühne, “Bambiland” by Elfriede Jelinek at the Vienna Burgtheater, as well as “Der Zwischenstand der Dinge” (The Situation as it Stands) at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin and “Eine Kirche der Angst vor dem Fremden in mir” (Church of Fear vs. the Alien Within) at the Ruhrtriennale. She also took on a leading role in Schlingensief’s “Freakstars 3000 – The Film”. She has had several performances on television and in the audio media in various talkshow formats and is politically active, for example, at election events for the "Chance 2000" political party. She has been invited to take part in many theatre projects, most recently in Via Intolleranza II in the year 2011.

At the Ballhaus Ost and the bat-Studio-Theater at the Ernst Busch University of the Dramatic Arts, she performed in the productions of “Hotel Hollywood” and “Marry Me Harry!” (It’s not about a Tea-Party. It´s all about a Royal Picnic) by Agathe Chion and will also appear in a leading role in the follow-up parts of the “Fame and Fortune Trilogy”. On 26 May 2012, she celebrated her most recent premiere “The Final Scream Queen. Paranoids of all Countries Unite!” at the Ballhaus Ost.

Mamounata "Kandy" Guira


Born in 1984, she is a singer from Ouagadougou. She lives in France. Kandy started her career as a background singer for famous African artists like Aicha Kone, Alain Nasy Mento, Ami Koita, Bays Pinto, Zedess, and Eugene Kounker. She looks back on ten years of stage experience. In 2008, she won the prize of the "Semaine Nationale de la Culture", the largest cultural festival in Burkina Faso. In 2009, she published her first album, "M’Ba" (Engl: My Mother). She has some experience as a comedian, and also worked as a model for six years.

Friederike Harmsen

Friederike Harmsen, born in Hamburg, completed her singing training as a soprano at the University of the Arts, Berlin under Inge Uibel. She sang roles like Amor in Gluck’s “Orpheus und Eurydices”, Servilia in Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” and Barbarina in “The Marriage of Figaro”. She attended master courses, among others, under Agnes Giebel, David L. Jones and Janet Williams, and worked with Eva Lindqvist (Vienna) and Peter Maus. In 2010, she changed to the lyrical mezzo-soprano repertoire.

In addition to concert performances with companies like the Ensemble Saitenblicke in Berlin, she has a special interest in contemporary and experimental musical theatre productions and baroque opera. As such, she sang and performed in “Beethoven’s Nephew” and in “So kocht man in Wien” (That’s how we cook in Vienna) at the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden, the Netherlands. She played the role of Venus in “Venus and Adonis”, a dance piece for the theatre by B. Söll. She has acted the roles of Cleopatra (after Händel) and Dido (after Purcell) and worked successfully in numerous premieres such as Bruno Nelissen’s “Moshammeroper” at the Neuköllner Oper in Berlin.

Furthermore, she sang and acted, among others, in Christoph Schlingensief’s Fluxus-Oratory “Eine Kirche der Angst vor dem Fremden in mir” (Church of Fear vs. the Alien Within) at the Ruhrtriennale in 2008, in “Der Mensch ist nur da ganz Mensch, wo er singt” (A Human is only a Human Being when he Sings) by René Pollesch and Carl Hegemann at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and in Christoph Schlingensief’s Readymade-Opera “Mea Culpa” at the Vienna Burgtheater.

Claudia Sgarbi

Claudia Sgarbi was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and studied at the “Escola de Comunicacoes e Artes da Universidade de Sao Paulo”, as well as at the “Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles”. Since 1996, she has been living and working in Berlin.

She is co-founder and artistic director of the percussion ensemble “qUAdRum” and the “Trio Nexus” and presents the works of representative contemporary composers in her animated solo performances. Guest performances have taken her through Europe, South America, Asia and the USA. She has been awarded many prizes and grants, for example, from the Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Darmstadt International Summer Courses) and the Vitae Foundation.

Isabelle Tassembedo

Born in 1954, she is a comedian. She lives in Ouagadougou. Isabelle has been working for 30 years for the Burkinabe pension fund; she has 6 children and 7 grandchildren. Ever since she was a young woman, she wanted to be on stage as a comedian, but due to her job, her marriage, and her children, she has not been able to realise this dream so far. Since she will retire in a year and a half, and her children are grown-up, she can now turn to her passion.

Jean Marie Gomzoudou Boucougou

alias Monsieur le Chercheur (born in 1951). Singer, dancer, and professor in ethnosociology, ethnolinguistics and pedagogy. He lives in Ouagadougou. Following graduation from high school he studied French Literature in Abidjan, Dakar and Ouagadougou. Since then, he has been a researcher at the University of Ouagadougou. He has written books on work sociology and modern ethnomusicology, such as "My Homeland: whither Burkina Faso?" And "How is Jaundice treated?" He is a black belt in Shotokan Karate, and runs half marathons. Since 1973, Chercheur has published three albums and he invented the dance "Warba Acrobatique Internationale".

Jean Chaize

Jean Chaize was born in Gap (France) in 1954. He studied ballet under Marika Besobrasova in Monaco, Rosella Hightower in Cannes, Youra Loboff in Paris and also studied mathematics at the universities of Nice, Montpellier and Paris 7.

In the seventies, he worked in France and Spain with various choreographers, among these Georges Golovine, Anne Béranger, Ethéry Pagava, Aline Roux, Lélé de Triana and Luis Ruffo.

He has been living in Germany since 1981 and was first of all employed as a dancer at the Staatstheater Kassel, then at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

From 1988 to 2000, he performed at the choreographic theatres of Johann Kresnik in Heidelberg, Bremen and Berlin. In addition, he has also worked as a dancer and actor with numerous directors such as Pierre Roman, Christoph Marthaler, Reinhild Hoffmann, Ruedi Häusermann, Frank Castorf, Luk Perceval, Alexis Forestier, René Pollesch, Christoph Schlingensief, Karin Henkel and Martin Wuttke.

Issoufou Kienou

Born in 1973, Griot, Singer and Guitarist. He lives in Ouagadougou. Issouf comes from a griot family. The griot tradition is passed on from father to son. From his earliest childhood, he started learning history, which is passed from mouth to mouth, from his parents and siblings. His father had four wives and 33 children. To this day, all of them make their living with music . In 2003, he published his first album with his band Djelya (in English: "Practice of Griot") called "Kanou Yongon" (Engl.: "My Love"). In 2011 he played in Irène Tassembedos Musical "Zalissa la Go" and finished his second album "Yelema Yelema So" ("The world changes").

Stefan Kolosko

Stefan Kolosko, who was born and grew up in East Berlin in the 70s, completed his training as an actor at the Ernst Busch University for the Dramatic Arts in Berlin.

Since 1991, he has been working on different stages such as the Freie Volksbühne Berlin, the Schiller Theater Berlin, the Hans-Otto Theater Potsdam, the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, the Berliner Ensemble, the Sophiensaele Berlin, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Festspielhaus Bayreuth, the Opera Bonn, the Ballhaus Ost Berlin, the Ruhrtriennale, Kampnagel Hamburg, among others under the direction of Einar Schleef, Thomas Heise and Christoph Schlingensief, for whom he played Hamlet for the first time at the Schauspielhaus Zurich in 2001. He continued to perform in other works with Schlingensief, among these the walk-in installation “Kaprow City” at the Volksbühne Berlin and the production of “Eine Kirche der Angst vor dem Fremden in mir” (A Church of Fear vs. the Alien Within) at the Ruhrtriennale.

He has also produced his own projects, including “DER REVISOR. Die Stadt der verlorenen Utopien im Ballhaus Ost” (THE AUDITOR. The City of Lost Utopias in Ballhaus Ost) in 2008 and “DER UNTERGANG II – Ein starkes Stück Theater ohne Bruno Ganz. Die Stadt der verlorenen Utopien auf Kampnagel Hamburg” (DOWNFALL II – A strong theatre piece without Bruno Ganz. The City of Lost Utopias at Kampnagel Hamburg) in 2011.

In addition to several performances in film and television, he also filmed “The African Twintowers” with Christoph Schlingensief.

Amado Komi

Born in 1981, actor and comedian. He lives in Ouagadougou. Komi started acting in 2005 at the Theatre de l’Espoir, where he also underwent training for a year. Before that, he worked as an electrician, but had wanted to become an actor since childhood. He attended several workshops and appeared as part of the Carrefour International de Théâtre de Ouagadougou. He has acted in numerous films and TV series that were also internationally successful, such as "Commissariat de Tampy" by Missa Hebié and "Petit Sergeant" by Adama Rouamba. He has worked with the famous theatre director Moîse Touré, including in the production of "Les bouts de bois de dieu".

Christian Radovan

The trumpeter and composer, Christian Radovan, was born in Linz on 7 May 1962. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory. He was engaged by the Vienna Art Orchestra at the age of 19, where he had a permanent position for 17 years, and performed music with numerous other artists there. Since 1989, he has been teaching at the Anton Brückner University in Linz.

Christoph Schlingensief (1960-2010)

Christoph Maria Schlingensief was born in the West German city of Oberhausen on October 24, 1960. His mother was a nurse and his father a pharmacist.

He made his first short film at the age of eight. His first full-length film, TUNGUSKA – DIE KISTEN SIND DA, was released in 1984. It was followed by works such as MENUTOTAL (1985), EGOMANIA (1986) and MUTTERS MASKE (1987).

Schlingensief became known to a wider audience thanks to his "Germany Trilogy" of films, comprising the works 100 JAHRE ADOLF HITLER. DIE LETZTE STUNDE IM FÜHRERBUNKER (1989), DAS DEUTSCHE KETTENSÄGENMASSAKER (1990) and TERROR 2000 – INTENSIVSTATION DEUTSCHLAND (1992).

UNITED TRASH (1995) and DIE 120 TAGE VON BOTTROP. DER LETZTE NEUE DEUTSCHE FILM (1996) marked his last pure film works; Schlingensief had already taken a conscious turn towards the medium of theatre.

By this point, working with physically and mentally disabled individuals had become a regular and characteristic part of his productions.

1993 saw Schlingensief’s first production at the Volksbühne Berlin: 100 JAHRE CDU. SPIEL OHNE GRENZEN. It was followed by e.g. KÜHNEN ’94 – BRING MIR DEN KOPF VON ADOLF HITLER (1994), ROCKY DUTSCHKE ’68 (1996), SCHLACHT UM EUROPA (1997), BERLINER REPUBLIK (1999), ROSEBUD (2001) and KUNST UND GEMÜSE, A. HIPLER (2004).

Schlingensief worked at many of the most renowned theatres in the German-speaking world. In 2001 he produced a version of HAMLET at the Schauspielhaus Zürich featuring former neo-Nazis. Subsequent to ATTA ATTA – DIE KUNST IST AUSGEBROCHEN (2003), the first part in the ”Atta Trilogy” at the Volksbühne, Schlingensief produced the premiere of BAMBILAND (2003) by Elfriede Jelinek at the Burgtheater in Vienna as well as ATTABAMBI, PORNOLAND (2004, again at the Schauspielhaus Zürich). Action paintings created by Schlingensief in the process of the performances marked his first foray into the fine arts.

Between 1997 and 2007 Schlingensief also produced four shows for German television: TALK 2000 (1997), U3000 (2000), FREAKSTARS 3000 (2002) and DIE PILOTEN (2007).

1997 also saw his first live-performance projects outside the conventional theatre context. At documenta X in Kassel Schlingensief presented MEIN FILZ, MEIN FETT, MEIN HASE – 48 STUNDEN ÜBERLEBEN FÜR DEUTSCHLAND. In the same year he initiated the event 7 TAGE NOTRUF FÜR DEUTSCHLAND. EINE BAHNHOFSMISSION at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg.

Schlingensief was a co-founder of the CHANCE 2000 party, which contested the 1998 German elections. He courted further controversy with his portacabin project BITTE LIEBT ÖSTERREICH (subtitled ”Foreigners out!”) in connection with the 2000 Vienna Festival and also AKTION 18, which Schlingensief realised in Düsseldorf in 2002 at the invitation of the Theater der Welt festival.

Representing the CHURCH OF FEAR (founded by himself) in 2003 he organised a pole-sitting contest at the Venice Biennale. A multimedia chapel structure created for the same project went on show on top of Cologne’s Museum Ludwig (2005). In 2007 he presented the installation 18 BILDER PRO SEKUNDE at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, as well as the opera ghost train TREM FANTASMA in Sao Paulo.

At the 2004 Bayreuth Festival Schlingensief staged PARSIFAL – his first opera production. It was followed in 2007 by THE FLYING DUTCHMAN at the Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil.

In 2005 Schlingensief developed his long-term project DER ANIMATOGRAPH, ”a walk-through photo plate”, which was first presented under the title HOUSE OF OBSESSION at the Reykjavik Art Festival. A second animatograph formed the heart of ODINS PARSIPARK in Neuhardenberg, while a third was erected in connection with the shooting of AFRICAN TWINTOWERS in the ”Area 7” township in Lüderitz, Namibia – with the fourth animatograph, at the Vienna Burgtheater, being named after the township.

An off-shoot of the animatographic project was the walk-through installation KAPROW CITY (2006), which in turn led into the project DIANA 2 – WHAT HAPPENED TO ALLAN KAPROW at the 2006 Frieze Art Fair in London.

After being diagnosed with cancer in January 2008 Schlingensief channelled experience of his illness into several productions (the theme being "wanting to live and having to die"): DER ZWISCHENSTAND DER DINGE at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, the Fluxus Oratory EINE KIRCHE DER ANGST VOR DEM FREMDEN IN MIR performed at the Ruhrtriennale, and the ready-made opera MEA CULPA (2009) at the Burgtheater. In 2009 Kiepenheuer & Witsch published his SO SCHÖN WIE HIER KANNS IM HIMMEL GAR NICHT SEIN! (subtitled ”Diary of a Cancer Victim”), which spent several weeks in the bestseller charts.

In 2008 Schlingensief began working on the OPERA VILLAGE FOR AFRICA idea, which he wanted to realise as a platform for intercultural dialogue and experimentation under the motto ”Learning from Africa”. On February 8, 2010 the foundation stone was laid close to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The school in the opera village was opened on October 8, 2011, incorporating film, art and music classes; it offers regular schooling for an initial intake of 50 children. Two further construction phases, planned by Schlingensief together with Burkinabé architect Francis Kéré, foresee the creation of guest lodges, a clinic, a restaurant, farmland plots, sports grounds and finally the theatre itself.

After Schlingensief’s death, his widow Aino Laberenz assumed management of the non-profit company Festspielhaus Afrika gGmbH he had set up.

Schlingensief’s final production, VIA INTOLLERANZA II (2010), featured lay actors and artists from Burkina Faso and Germany. It was performed in Vienna, Hamburg, Helsinki and Amsterdam and also invited to the 2011 Berliner Theatertreffen.

In May 2010 Schlingensief was appointed to design the German Pavillon for the 2011 Venice Biennale, although he was no longer himself able to realise the plans he had already drawn up. Instead, the set from his Ruhrtriennale production, a replica of the church where he grew up in Oberhausen, was used to house an exhibition of Schlingensief’s latest works as well as a presentation of the Opera Village project; Aino Laberenz was artistic director. The pavilion was awarded the Golden Lion at the 54th Venice Biennale.

Schlingensief received the 1997 Prix Futura for a radio version of his play ROCKY DUTSCHKE ’68, and the same award in 1999 for his radio drama LAGER OHNE GRENZEN. The 2002 audio adaptation of his ROSEBUD production was awarded the annual prize of the German Blind Veterans Association. In 2010 Schlingensief won the Helmut-Käutner Award for his contributions to German cinema, and in 2011 the Hein-Heckroth award for stage design. Schlingensief was professor of fine arts at the Braunschweig University of Art.

Christoph Schlingensief passed away in Berlin on August 21, 2010.

Ahmed Soura

Born in 1983, dancer. He lives in Ouagadougou. Ahmed began his dance training at the national institute for artistic and cultural training in Ouagadougou. For three years, he studied traditional and contemporary African dance. Simultaneously, he received training with the Company Salia Ni Seydou. Afterwards, he studied contemporary dance at the "Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier" in France. Since 2007, he has been a dancer and teacher with Irene Tassembedo’s company in Paris and Ouaga. He had many performances in France, Italy, Senegal, Togo and Burkina Faso with the Company Corp’ Art, Irene Tasssembedo’s company, the Orchestre des pays de Savoie, and the Company Joseph Aka. He has choreographed and danced two solo pieces: "Rien ne m’appartient" and "Hommage à Ali Farka Touré". In March 2011 he gained the third place of the "International Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival" in Stuttgart with his work "En opposition avec moi".

Nicolas Ulrich Séverin Tounga

Born in 1976, trumpeter. He lives in Ouagadougou. Since he was eight, he has been playing percussion in the church choir. At 18, he began to play the trumpet, and initially he played as second soloist in a brass band of 44 musicians in Brazzaville, touring Spain, Togo, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. In 2005 he went to Burkina Faso, because he saw better opportunities for his musical future there. In 2007, he became a trumpeter in the Burkinabe state orchestra. Since then, he has also been teaching the trumpet in a private music school. In January 2011 he presented his first solo album ("Rejouis-nous"), on which he also sings.

Abdoul Kader Traore

aka El Primo (born in 1982). Rapper. He lives in Ouagadougou. Kader was part of the legendary Burkinabe rap group "La Censure", which in 2001 ensured the revolutionary success of rap music in Burkina Faso. Since then, hip-hop is the only youth movement that is critical of the conditions in society there and publicly attacks the political regime. El Primo has published two solo albums: "Primostyle" (2007) and "Blacksoldjah" (2009). He presents a hip-hop radio show that many young people in Ouagadougou listen to, and works as a producer for young musicians. At present he is working on his third album.

Arno Waschk

Arno Waschk studied conducting and piano in Munich and Berlin. Since 2004, he has been regularly working as a musician and musical director with Christoph Schlingensief, for example, in productions like “Art and Vegetables” at the Volksbühne theatre in Berlin and “Via Intoleranza II”. He composed the music for Schlingensief’s Ready Made Opera "Mea Culpa" at Vienna’s Burgtheater, where he also regularly worked as a composer with Matthias Hartmann, for example in "Faust I" and "The Blind Happening" (Botho Strauss, UA). Furthermore, at Vienna’s Burgtheater, he acted as musical producer in the masochistic comedy by Martin Wuttke "Nach der Oper. Würgeengel" (After the Opera. Angel of Death). In 2010, he debuted as a conductor at the Berlin Staatsoper with two operas from Sciarrino and Maxwell Davies. He also works regularly with Klaus Maria Brandauer, Jürgen Flimm and Hans Neuenfels.

Wilfried Zoungrana

Born in 1986, student. He lives in Erfurt. Wilfried studied German in Ouagadougou and wrote his MA thesis in Bayreuth on "Colonial Politics and Administration in the Former Colony German East Africa". He received a DAAD fellowship to start an MA programme in Erfurt on "Public Policy and Good Governance". Wilfried, who in "Via Intolleranza II" is both, an actor and an interpreter, met Christoph Schlingensief during the latter’s first trip to Ouagadougou and from then onwards accompanied him as an interpreter.