Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Anna fährt zur Uni

by Lothar Trolle (motifs adapted from the short film “Une histoire d’Eau” by Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut)

The water has not just flooded the tiny village near Paris from where Anna, the nestling of her family, hails. It has also washed away all the truths and certainties of her small world. Anna is determined to go to university in Paris at any cost. Bound for the big city, the casual encounters with men in less than servicable vehicles, and the struggle against the superior force of the natural element add up to a truly surreal journey into the unknown. The trip is turning into a mystery tour, a departure into the world of Simca riders and tractor drivers, a journey into the fantasised world of professors, teaching staff, and future fellow students in the lecture hall that is still far out of reach. Everything is, of course, inextricably linked with the fluid realms of the sexual and the volatile agents of desire, which is surely enough indicated by the title of the 11-minutes Godard-Truffaut short movie from 1958, “Une histoire d’Eau” – pronounced in French in exactly the same way as the title of the erotic novel by Pauline Réage, “The Story of O.” [“L’histoire d’O.”]


With: Irina Kastrinidis, Marie-Lou Sellem, Sarah Sandeh and Daniel Regenberg

Director: Ivan Panteleev
Stage Designer: Jochen Hochfeld
Costumes: Ulrike Köhler
Music: Daniel Regenberg
Light Design: Johannes Zotz
Dramaturgy: Ralf Fiedler