Clara S. Musikalische Tragödie

(Clara S. Musical Tragedy)
4F / 2M

The anachronistic gathering of three historical figures – Clara and Robert Schumann meet the Italian poet laureate and national hero, Gabriele d’Annunzio in his villa in the year 1929. The dominating theme is the tense relationship between art and money, which applies to Clara most of all. Up until her marriage, she was a famous pianist and composer. Since then, she has taken on the role of self-sacrificing artist’s wife – entirely to serve Robert’s career. Jelinek confronts and comments on the man’s “deluded search” for “or-ig-in-al-i-ty” through her own writing style. Figures appear as “representatives of speech” rather than characters and move within a mesh of strange voices. “Clara S.” dismantles the cult of the genius and illustrates how impossible it is for women to realize their creative potential within the art business.

The play has been translated into:
Bulgarian: Klára S. hudební tragédie; Czech; Finnish; French; Polish; Romanian; Russian; Spanish

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek, who was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna, now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, ...

Plays by Elfriede Jelinek






U: 24.9.1982 Bühnen der Stadt Bonn (R: Hans Hollmann)