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Der Zauberberg

based on Thomas Mann

Der Zauberberg. Video trailer © Tilo Baumgärtel

6:00:00 PM
Live stream from Deutsches Theater Berlin
2 h
In German with English subtitles

About This Production

This is the third time that Sebastian Hartmann brings an epochal work of world literature to the Theatertreffen-stage. He dissolves all of the formally rigorous plotlines in Thomas Mann’s “Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain)” about Hans Castorp’s seven-year sojourn in a sanatorium on the eve of the First World War and transfers them into an intense rush of images. Seven actors wander through an incessant snow-storm, circling a recurring question in manifold, disturbing monologues: What is the body in the course of time? Originally planned for a physically present audience, the production was radically adjusted for live streaming by Hartmann’s team. This new set-up shows video artist Tilo Baumgärtel’s worlds of images and Samuel Wiese’s music to even greater advantage.

Please note that the subtitles for this production will be produced live.

Artistic Team

Sebastian Hartmann Director and set designer
Adriana Braga Peretzki Costume design
Samuel Wiese Music
Tilo Baumgärtel Video animation
Lothar Baumgarte Lighting design
Claus Caesar Dramaturgy
Jan Speckenbach Live stream image control
Live stream cameras
Marlene Blumert, Max Hohendahl, Dorian Sorg
Lennart Löttker Scenic video
Peter Stoltz Head of stream
Transmission audio
Marcel Braun, Björn Mauder
Marcel Braun, Eric Markert


Elias Arens, Manuel Harder, Markwart Müller-Elmau, Linda Pöppel, Birgit Unterweger, Cordelia Wege, Niklas Wetzel
Samuel Wiese Live music

Premiere November 20, 2020

Deutsches Theater Berlin

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