Tales From The Vienna Woods
(Lood Viini metsadest)
"Nothing creates the feeling of infinity better than stupidity," has the author written as the motto of his play.
By Ödön von Horvath
Translator: Peeter Tulviste
Director: Robert Annus
Stage Designer: Nele Sooväli
Light Designer: Andres Sarv
Concertmaster: Ele Sonn
In Roles: Maria Soomets, Markus Luik, Merle Jääger, Herta Elviste, Marika Barabanštšikova, Ele Sonn, Raivo Adlas, Ott Sepp, Riho Kütsar, Aivar Tommingas, Martin Kõiv, Kristel Leesmend, Tanel Jonas, Grete Reimand, Riivo Kallasmaa, Robert Annus
Presented with one interval.
In this parody of a Viennese folk piece written in 1931 one frequently hears Johann Strauss' idyllic and light-heartedly flowing waltz Tales from the Vienna Woods and the things happening to the people on this background are in brutal dissonance with the beautiful melody. An innocent girl’s desperate dream of love receives a merited punishment in the wealthy and material world and the superficiality, insensitivity and indifference of the characters towards a suffering and perishing person reach grotesque dimensions.
"This furious folk piece hits hard the heads, hearts and stomachs of those members of the audience who – being overfed and amusement oriented – only desire to experience light emotions and who – being lazy thinkers – cannot tear themselves away from the beloved hackneyed themes" (Austrian theatre critic after the world preview).
The premiere on 25 April 2009 in the Grand Building of the Vanemuine.