Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Der Jasager / Der Neinsager

by Bertolt Brecht (Der Jasager music by Kurt Weill)

“Just as we had reached the concertante performance, that is, art for its own sake in its most naked form, Gebrauchmusik appeared, rising from the seas like a goddess,” wrote Bertolt Brecht. Kurt Weill added: “The first question for us is: Is what we do of any use for the general public? The second question is whether what we do is art, since this only has to do with the quality of our work.” It is in the context of such considerations that Brecht and Weill joined efforts to create the school opera ‘Der Jasager’.

Der Neinsager
Later -and following intense debates about ‘Der Jasager’- Brecht wrote ‘Der Neinsager’. In both works, a young man goes on a pilgrimage to pray for his mother’s health. He becomes sick and, according to an old custom, is to be thrown down from a mountain. Not long afterwards, in 1930, the close collaboration between Brecht and Hanns Eisler began, with Die Maßnahme’.


With: Brigitte Cuvelier, Bernhard Schütz, Maximilian Speck and Axel Wandtke

Singer: Anna Charim, Ruth Rosenfeld

Director: Frank Castorf
Stage and Costumes Supplier: Bert Neumann
Music: Reinhold Friedl
Video: Andreas Deinert
Light Design: Torsten König