Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

La Cousine Bette

adapted from Honoré de Balzac

"Cousin Bette" is a French novel written by Honoré de Balzac in 1846. The young Fyodor Dostoevsky discovered the French author at a literary event in St. Petersburg and was fascinated by his writings. Dostoevsky’s first literary work is a translation of one of his admired colleague’s novels into Russian. For the first time, and after many productions based on novels and stories by Dostoevsky, Frank Castorf stages a novel by Balzac and is determined to descend with “Cousin Bette” towards the abysses of the 19th century from a western perspective…



With: Jeanne Balibar (Tante Lisbeth), Alexander Scheer (Baron Hector Hulot d'Ervy), Kathrin Angerer (Baronin Adeline Hulot d'Ervy), Marc Hosemann (Célestin Crevel), Claire Sermonne (Valérie Marneffe), Bernhard Schütz (Jean-Paul-Stanislas Marneffe, Baron H. Montès de Montéjanos & Mme. de Saint-Estève alias Nourrisson), Lilith Stangenberg (Hortense Hulot d'Ervy), Maximilian Brauer (Comte Wenceslas Steinbock) and Noa Niv (Josépha Mirah)

Director: Frank Castorf
Stage Designer: Bert Neumann
Costumes: Tabea Braun
Light Design: Lothar Baumgarte
Camera: Andreas Deinert, Mathias Klütz, Adrien Lamande
Live Editing: Jens Crull
Musical Arrangement: Wolfgang Urzendowsky
Dramaturgy: Sebastian Kaiser

Duration: 5h, one break

Glanz und Elend der Kurtisanen (von René Pollesch nach Balzac)
Trompe l'amour (nach Balzac. Regie: Martin Wuttke)

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Inspiration by

The Books - A Little Longing Goes Away 
Wolfgang Urzendowsky - The Hunchback Of Stage 
Lawrence - Daydream 
The Underground Youth - Veil 
Halb - Waiting For My Train To Come In
Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug   
Eric Burdon & The Animals - We Love You Lil 
Kendra Smith - She Brings The Rain 
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Nightmares 
Wolfgang Urzendowsky - Intrigue 
Jon Brion - Magnolia 
Spacemen 3 - Suicide 
Wolfgang Urzendowsky - Spider’s Web 
Rolling Stones - Tell Me 
Bedlam - Magic Carpet Ride 
Thievery Corporation - Madhouse 
Can - Soul Desert 
Thievery Corporation - Honeymoon Suite 
Yo La Tengo - Acera or the Witche's Dance
John Barry - The Junkyard 
Marilyn Manson - Heart-Shaped Glasses 
Wolfgang Urzendowsky - Hope 
Jane Birkin - Élisa 
Gregor F. Narholz, Jean Clero & Henryk Kuzniak - Thinking Of Baby 
The Fun Lovin’ Criminal - The Fun Loving Criminal 
Vincent Gallo - I Wrote This Sound For The Girl Paris Hilton
Angelo Badalamenti - Night Life In Twin Peaks
Francesco Tristano - Andover 
Wolfgang Urzendowsky - Conspiracy 
Slowcream - Suburb Novel 
Sylvain Chauveau - Il Fait Nuit Noire A 
Noa Niv - haTikwa (Nationalhymne des Staates Israel)
Noa Niv - Arie Antiche: Caro Mio Ben (Giuseppe Giordani)
Noa Niv - Melodie aus Walkürenritt (Die Walküre, Richard Wagner)
Noa Niv - Vieni, vieni o mio diletto (Antonio Vivaldi)