Country Germany

Discipline Theater

Recomended for +12

Duration 74 minutes

Language Sign language and German, with Spanish subtitles

Dates January 10 and 11, 20:00; January 12, 17:00

Keywords Inclusiveness | Women

People tell between two and 200 lies a day, depending on what you call lying: (non)-truths, (post)-truths, exaggerations, omissions, courtesies or set phrases. Young German director Verena Regensburger looks into how lies are expressed by the body. How can lies be detected? Can gestures and body language give us away when we don’t tell the truth? To get to the bottom of things, a deaf and a hearing actress come face to face in Luegen (Mentiras). In this play, the stage is a place to experiment and to study - up close and personal - what the body says when the voice is quiet and what we communicate both consciously and unconsciously when we don’t want to be sincere. Regensburger explores an issue she is passionate about: human beings as ‘language artists’, the physical, idiomatic or cultural communicational barriers that separate us and the different ways we have of expressing ourselves and describing reality in words.

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Verena Regensburger

(Germany, 1990)

Verena Regensburger studied theater, languages, literature and culture at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. From 2014 to 2017, she was assistant director at the Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich Chamber Theater), when she worked with directors such as Susanne Kennedy, Martin Kušej, Nicolas Stemann and She She Pop. Luegen was her final piece for the Münchner Kammerspiele, a play that has been performed at important theaters and festivals in Germany. She is considered one of the most outstanding new voices in German theater.

Münchner Kammerspiele

Münchner Kammerspiele is one of the most important venues in Germany, located in the city of Munich. Since its very beginning, it has brought together outstanding artists and professionals who have turned this place into one of the country’s most innovative, contemporary and cosmopolitan venues, with an important sociopolitical focus. With Matthias Lilienthal as its artistic director since 2015, the venue defines itself as ‘a new type of municipal theater’, touring abroad and working with guest directors such as Philippe Quesne, Rabih Mroué and Toshiki Okada. Christopher Rüping is currently its executive director.

Directed by Verena Regensburger | Cast Wiebke Puls, Kassandra Wedel | Written by Manon Haase | Set designer Marie Häusner | Costume designer Veronika Schneider | Video Ikenna David Okegwo | Lighting designer Michael Pohorsky | Stage producer Verena Regensburger | Produced by Münchner Kammerspielen | With the support of Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München

  • Verena Regensburger is a renowned young theater director from Germany and one of the new figures on the European scene, having trained artistically at the Münchner Kammerspiele, one of the most important and famous venues in both her country and Europe.

  • Communication and its limitations is a topic that Verena Regensburger has explored on several occasions. In a residency at the Abhinaya Taranga Acting School in India, she studied how people communicate when they don’t speak the same language, how people express themselves in a rudimentary way using their bodies using gestures and facial expressions and how this is related to vocal communication. In the case of Luegen, the director aimed to immerge herself in the topic by using the relationship between two women – one deaf, one hearing – and how we convey lies.

  • Regensburger explains what motivated her to make Luegen in the following way: "I’m interested in perceptions and the differences between linguistic and physical communication. Visual perception can be deceiving: what you convey with your facial expressions, gestures and body language can be interpreted in completely different ways”, she said in the Münchener Abendzeitung newspaper.

  • The stars of Luegen impressed German critics with their performances: Wiebke Puls is one of the most well-known actresses in Germany, with an extensive career in theater and film and Kassandra Wedel is a choreographer and actress from Munich, winner of the German inclusive hip-hop championship and of the television dance program Deutschland tanzt in 2016.

  • Luegen has been performed at some of the most important venues in Germany, such as the Münchner Kammerspiele, the No-Limits Festival in Berlin, the Sommerblut Festival in Cologne and the Bayerische Theatertage event.
  • German theater. Germany has a rich theater history and is currently considered an ideal place to make theater in Europe. It has the greatest number of (federal, regional or municipal) public-funded theaters and it’s estimated that these venues manage an annual budget of 2,000 million euros. According to recent figures, around 35 million Germans go to the theater each year to watch more than 100,000 productions at different venues. Several key names from the history of world theater have come from Germany: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Georg Büchner, Max Reinhard, Bertholt Brecht, Heiner Müller, Günther Grass, Frank Castorf and Thomas Ostermeir, to name but a few.

  • Münchner Kammerspiele. Known in English as the Munich Chamber Theater, this is one of the most important theater venues in Europe. It was founded at the beginning of the twentieth century and has hosted the world premieres of plays by important European playwrights, such as Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Frank Wedekind.

  • Post-truth. Defined as a ‘deliberate distortion of reality, which manipulates beliefs and emotions with the aim of influencing public opinion and social attitudes’, this political culture assigns greater importance to the emotional impact of a piece of information than to how true it is.

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