Concept, text, performance: Boris Nikitin
Production managment: Annett Hardegen
Outside-Eye: Annett Hardegen, Matthias Meppelink
A coporduction with It’s The Real Thing, steirischen herbst 22, Staatstheater Nürnberg Kaserne Basel, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Théâtre Vidy Lausanne, HAU - Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Frascati Amsterdam, Theater Chur and Omanut.
With the support of Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater der Kantone Basel-Stadt und Basel-Landschaft, Pro Helvetia, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung.
The first draft of this work was commissioned by Omanut.
What a risk! You can hardly expose yourself more. It could become exhibitionistic and embarrassing, slipping into the anecdotal. But the opposite happens. He gains strength and moves the audience. By publicly showing his doubts about himself and his vulnerability, they become his strength.
INVITED TO "IMPULSE" 2023.
In "Magda Toffler" Boris Nikitin undertakes genealogical research and looks at the history of his grandmother. After she dies at the age of 87, he learns that she originally came from a Jewish family. In 1944/45, she had to hide for months in a barn in eastern Slovakia, while most of her family lost their lives in the German death camps. She kept all this to herself, started a family and became the first professor of chemistry in the young socialist Czechoslovakia. She even hid the secret from her daughters.
With "Magda Toffler" Boris Nikitin makes a deep drilling into the hidden layers of 20th century Europe. The new piece is raw, frontal, at the same time precisely composed. An emotional as well as intellectual border crossing of the theater.