In den Alpen

Minimum cast 6

The idyllic title is deceptive. Based on the mountain railway accident in Kaprun, in which 155 people died in November 2000, Jelinek reflects on the complex relationship between culture, technology and nature. In a ghostly cable car station in a valley, figures from different eras meet up; living and dead, locals and foreigners, victims and helpers. The world of modern mass tourism where the mountains are used an arbitrary pleasure park unites with the early history of alpinism, which still celebrated the mountains as a natural feature – accessible only for the elite few. However, a new, confusing voice soon resonates in the parlando among these contrary positions. It quotes Paul Celan’s Gespräch im Gebirg and thus adds the voice of one destined to be extinguished himself to the conversation of those extinguished by the accident;
the voice of a Jew and therefore excluded from the Alps forever, never allowed to belong yet inextricably connected to their history, a history which did not only take place in the Alps.

The play has been translated into:
Dutch; Swedish

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: 5.10.2002 Münchner Kammerspiele in Koproduktion mit dem Schauspielhaus Zürich (R: Christoph Marthaler)