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Header Image THE DANCER FROM AUSCHWITZ

© Andràs Gobi. The puppets are on loan from the Puppetry Department of the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Magdeburg Puppet Theatre.

THEATER NORDHAUSEN / LOH-ORCHESTER SONDERSHAUSEN:
THE DANCER FROM AUSCHWITZ

The Jewish dancer and dance teacher Roosje (Rosa Regina) Glaser was born in Amsterdam in 1914. She went underground in 1942 after Hitler had invaded the Netherlands but was betrayed by her ex-husband and deported to Auschwitz in 1943. Drafted into forced labour in the Union munitions factory, she got to know one of the SS officers and suggested to him that she sing and dance for the SS in the evenings. She was soon teaching ballroom to the enemy and became a ‘prisoner functionary’, which saved her life.

At Theater Nordhausen, Bianca Sue Henne and Jutta Ebnother have merged dance, puppet theatre and acting in a single show. Their production used original texts as well as powerful, moving images to stage the story of Rosa Glaser, who danced for her life in Auschwitz.

Credits
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Production – Bianca Sue Henne
Choreography – Jutta Ebnother
Stage – Wolfgang Kurima Rauschning
Costumes – Elisabeth Stolze-Bley
Performers – Patrick Jeck, Joy Kamin, Caroline Kühner and Olaf Reinecke
Documentation – Mia Berg
Communication / dramatic adviser – Anja Eisner
Theatre education – Daniela Zinner
Technical direction – Jürgen Bley
Stage manager – Ines Schöffl
Lighting – Mario Kofend / Uwe Niesig
Sound –Dierk von Domarus
Masks – Carolin Seifert
Props – Michael Stoff

Scenery and costume production in Theater Nordhausen’s own workshops: Jonny Wilken (workshop manager/carpenter), Doris Gunkel (wardrobe mistress/women’s tailor), Angela Kretschmer (men’s tailor), Uwe Bräuer (metalworker), Carsten Stürmer (paint-shop manager), Dörte Oeftiger (scenery department).

Performance rights:
Book on which the production is based: Paul Glaser, Die Tänzerin von Auschwitz. Die Geschichte einer unbeugsamen Frau, Aufbau Verlag, Berlin, 2015 (English title: Dancing with the Enemy. My Family’s Holocaust Secret)

“Kapo Song”: Text by Roosje Glaser, composition “Ich hab mir für Grinzing einen Dienstmann engagiert” by Bruno Uher, original text by Fritz Rotter: © Copyright 1956 by Ludwig Doblinger (Bernhard Herzmansky) KG, Vienna

Programme
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Programme for the production "The Dancer from Auschwitz" published by Theater Nordhausen

Performance Dates
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2016

  • 7 April 2016, 7.30 pm | Theater Nordhausen (premiere)
  • 8 April 2016, 7.30 pm | Theater Nordhausen
  • 11 April 2016, 7.30 pm | Theater Nordhausen
  • 13 April 2016, 7.30 pm | Theater Nordhausen
  • 21 May 2016, 6 pm | Theater Nordhausen
  • 20 June 2016, 7.30 pm | Theater Nordhausen
  • 05 November 2016 | 3K Theaterwerkstatt Mühlhausen
  • 06 November 2016 | Theater Rudolstadt

2017

  • 13 / 14 July 2017 | Theater Heilbronn (TANZFONDS ERBE funding for guest performances)

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