The premiere of the Salzburg State Theater on Saturday evening in a large circus tent at the Exhibition Center was a complete success. As the main building is being renovated, the Landestheater performs plays, operas, and musicals in alternate neighborhoods.
In the coming months, the musicals Cabaret and Peter Pan will be shown as well as the opera Carmen. The first show in the temporary quarters was “Casimir and Karoline” by Audon von Horvath. The audience was enthusiastic about the flair of the circus. The classic theater is shown in the original version at Oktoberfest, and is ideal for in-ring productions.
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Ensemble took a training session with circus artists
For the production, the troupe attended a workshop with real circus artists, as director Carl-Philipp von Maldegem says: “We actually went on a trip to Kny’s Circus and got inspired from there. But circus themes were included in the plays from the start, so we just had to work on the themes. It is a beautiful transitional period while our state theater is being renewed.”
The first show on the state stage in the circus tent
Oktoberfest in the circus tent
The play revolves around the couple Kasimir and Karoline. But Caroline wants to achieve high goals, and above all socially. In the ’30s, for women, it meant getting a good match. So Caroline leaves her fiancé Casimir, who has just become unemployed, and looks elsewhere.
The metallic construction in the middle of the circus ring represents the Oktoberfest Tour, a metaphor for the social ups and downs and standing on the hamster wheel in which Udon von Horvath’s characters are trapped. One can dream, but one inevitably ends up in reality.
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