The Nature Theater of Oklahoma ventures the impossible: creating a film version of Elfriede Jelinek’s novel “Die Kinder der Toten”. Filming around Neuberg an der Mürz is, at the same time, a live performance. Anyone who wants can come along and watch and, above all, join in!
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Join steirischer herbst and immerse yourself in the world(s) of “Die Kinder der Toten”. The New York-based performance collective Nature Theater of Oklahoma is set to stage public film shoots for a very free film adaptation of Jelinek’s novel at original locations in Upper Styria. The participation of the local population and the herbst audience is welcome in every respect. Major and minor roles are available. Help is needed for all aspects of the film. You can take part in shooting, whether you’ve got time for just one day or ten days. We’ve got room for anyone who’s up for this adventure!
steirischer herbst discovered the Nature Theater of Oklahoma for Europe through a number of outstanding works for theatre. In recent years, however, Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska have ventured increasingly into the realm between film shoot and live performance. They recently staged an adaptation of “Nibelungen” on the Rhine with amateurs, following on from film classics by Rossellini and Godard with a project entitled “Deutschland – Jahr 2071” in Cologne and Berlin.
They are now set to transform the area around Neuberg an der Mürz for a good month into a scene and film location for wild Heimatfilm phantasms and odd homely horror. Shooting takes place from mid-September to mid-October, seven days a week, but we are looking for lots of participants above all for the big shoots on Saturdays: no matter whether you find yourself on the sidelines of a monstrous accident scenario, whether you’re present at an undead parade, or whether you witness the dead coming out of the screen in a dilapidated cinema – you’ll always be both spectator and actor.
Direction and script Kelly Copper, Pavol Liska
Concept, dramaturgy and artistic collaboration Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Claus Philipp
Commissioned by steirischer herbst
With the support of Stadtgemeinde Mürzzuschlag, kunsthaus muerz, Marktgemeinde Neuberg an der Mürz, Naturpark Mürzer Oberland
Nature Theater of Oklahoma (US)
In 2006 Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper founded the Nature Theater of Oklahoma which has grown into one of the United States’ most famous Off-Off-Broadway groups. The ‘OK Theater’ swiftly evolved into a multimedia ensemble, effortlessly oscillating between traditional theatre, comics and animation art as well as film and winning the Obie Award in 2008 and 2013. All these elements coalesced in the group’s monumental work “Life and Times”, its nine episodes shattering the boundaries between fiction and real life. Unsettling and intimate, the group’s artistic work seeks to fully absorb the visitors’ attention, thus challenging their perception of reality. Nature Theater of Oklahoma have been part of the steirischer herbst festival four times – and they are returning for a fifth time in 2017 with their adaption of Elfriede Jelinek’s “Die Kinder der Toten” (The Children of the Dead).
Elfriede Jelinek (AT)
Elfriede Jelinek, born in Mürzzuschlag in 1946, lives and works in Munich. She counts among the most eminent authors of her time and was the first Austrian writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004. Jelinek began her career as a writer in the 1960s: starting out as a poet she completed her debut novel “Bukolit” in 1968 (which would, however, not be published until 1979). Since then she has written ten more novels, including “Die Kinder der Toten” (The Children of the Dead, 1995) which is deemed to be her magnum opus. All novels are characterised by Jelinek’s powerful style of writing and their political and socio-critical focus. In addition to her prose work, she has authored numerous essays, scripts, and radio plays as well as more than thirty plays, including the “Prinzessinnendramen” which billed at the steirischer herbst festival in 2002.