Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Don Juan

by René Pollesch after Molière

Only those who despise us really look upon us. Those willing to love us without contempt do not see us at all.

All I know is that I have loved you more than him, although he was willing to give his life for you. And the proof is not that he finally didn’t do it and that I now could expose him as a pretender. The proof is that I didn’t make a drama of it but instead was playing comedy. I wasn’t the one falling at your feet threatening you with my death. Instead, I did all that which only an outcry like “Stop that farce!” could put an end to. I had the big idea that we could be playing happiness and bliss, that, by using certain tricks, we could play for happiness. You know, I was the one who bent down on his knees and hence became a believer. No matter what was going on inside me, whether I might have been counting beans, or whatever. My body was fully committed, and this is what always goes unrecognised while we ask ourselves what is genuine and real. And that guy in the tragedy is kneeling in front of a pair of sneakers, with his big feelings for you, and that makes him a shoe seller; not a loving partner anyway. The big story may well remain a hollow promise full of empty words. The crucial thing is that, to the bystander, this special love, yours and his, as unique as it may seem, will look like the trivial story of a shoe shop and the people in it. We have to trust in gestures.

Inquiring after the innermost feelings, no matter how pathetic they look from the outside, is just ridiculous. The fact that we truly mean it doesn’t help to make things better. (René Pollesch)


With: Franz Beil, Maximilian Brauer, Jean Chaize, Brigitte Cuvelier, Lilith Stangenberg and Martin Wuttke

Director: René Pollesch
Stage Designer: Bert Neumann
Costumes: Nina von Mechow
Light Design: Lothar Baumgarte
Dramaturgy: Anna Heesen

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Der eingebildete Kranke (nach Molière. Regie Martin Wuttke),

Der Geizige (von Molière. Regie: Frank Castorf),

Inspiration by

Karl Jenkins/The Smith Quartet/London Philharmonic Orchestra - Palladio
The Rolling Stones - Has Anybody Seen my Baby?
Kevin Rowland - Greatest Love of All
Burt Bacharach & His Orchestra - Making a Movie in Sevalio
Burt Bacharach - Little French Boy
Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
René Clemencic - La Mort de Molière: King Artur
Trio - Broken Hearts for You and Me