MICHAEL KOHLHAAS IN LUANDA/ANGOLA 

The project “Miguel K. quer Justica” realised a theatre performance of Heinrich Kleist’s short novel Michael Kohlhaas in Angola.

Kleist’s novel sheds light on the “spiral of injustice”, telling the story of the good, honest citizen Michael Kohlhaas, a simple man who takes justice in his own hands when he is confronted with arbitrary rule and injustice. The celebrated Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has adapted Kleist’s novel to reflect current, local conditions. Although Kleist’s novel has rarely been performed in an African context, it touches upon many issues which are very relevant in postcolonial Africa, such as freedom, the rule of law, and revolution.

 

Artistic cooperation as equals between Angolan and German artists is rare, although it is this that enables them to overcome clichés and address political discourses. Combining acting, live music, and film, the performance at Teátro Elinga received standing ovations.

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Autor: JOSÉ EDUARDO AGUALUSA

Directing & Concept: JENS VILELA NEUMANN

Producer: ORLANDO SÉRGIO HENRIQUES DE MACEDO AZEVEDO & LENA VIEBROCK

Actors: VIRGILIO JOSÉ ANTÓNIO & RAUL JORGE RESENDE DE BARROS ROSÁRIO & CLAUDIA PUCUTA & ORLANDO SÉRGIO HENRIQUES DE MACEDO AZEVEDO

Music: JOÃO DA FONSECA FERNANDES DA COSTA & LUIS PEDRO MANUEL DA FONSECA

Costume:PAULO JORGE AVEIRO BOLOTA

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With support of: Lufthansa, Krone, Elektra, LSG, Jägermeister, Palntec, Alliance Francaise de Luanda