This joint theatre project is based on an historic occurrence that illustrates the interconnection between science, politics and military and financial interests. Braunschweig is home to one of the largest German Aerospace Centres and is closely associated to Graf Zeppelin – one of the pioneers of early flight and the constructor of the famous air ship. However, few people are aware that the Jewish inventor David Schwarz, who was born in Zagreb, succeeded in launching an airship before Zeppelin, who purchased and then reworked his plans.
Using this historic occurrence as their basis, the Staatstheater Braunschweig and the z/k/m Zagreb are collaborating on a play, developed by a "team of pioneers" at each theatre, comprised of actors, playwrights and directors. While the Braunschweig team will examine the tragic life of David Schwarz, the team in Zagreb will investigate how (aeronautics) scientists regard themselves and their profession today. In addition to the shared performances, the theatre partnership includes a youth theatre project titled "Workshop of Inventions" and a personnel exchange.
Theatres: Staatstheater Braunschweig and z/k/m – Zagrebacko kazalište mladih, Zagreb (Croatia)
Artists / participants: Christine Besier, Katrin Breschke, Ivica Buljan (HR), Claudia Kalinski, Daniela Löffner, Axel Preuß, Charlotte Roos, Ivana Sajko (HR), Andreas Steudtner, Slaven Tolj (HR), Desnka Virant (HR), Dubravka Vrgoc (HR), Juli Zeh and others
October 2010 – December 2012