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Ongoing: Exhibition
„Politisches Theater im Exil“
Exil.arte-Center
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18 (2nd Floor)
A-1070 Vienna
Opening Hours:
July 1 through 31: Tuesday through Friday from 12.00 noon until 4.00 pm
Closed in August
September 3 through 21 from 12.00 noon until 4.00 pm
October 1 through December 20 from 3.00 pm until 7.00 pm
The exhibition will be on display until September 2020.
https://exilarte.org/political-theater-in-exile?lang=en
 
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7.30 pm
Parish Hall of St. Ursula
Kaiserplatz 13 A
80803 Munich / Germany
Lew Nussimbaum, alias Essad Bey, alias Kurban Said:
Cosmopolitan – Jewish Muslim – Orientalist in Exile
When the Russian civil war ensuing from the October revolution finally reached Baku in 1918, Lew Nussimbaum and his father fled and eventually settled in Berlin. The 15-year-old Lew Nussimbaum initially attended the Grammar School of the Russian exile community and then enrolled in Arabic and Turkish literature at Berlin’s Humboldt University. In 1922 he converted to Islam and changed his name to Essad Bey. Soon he started writing, mainly for the newspaper „Die Literarische Welt“ (The Literary World) published by Willy Haas. His first book Oil and Blood in the Orient, a reconstruction of his childhood and escape from Baku was printed in 1929 and immediately became a best-seller. In quick succession he published 13 other books. In 1936, while he was already banned from publishing his works in Germany, Essad Bey under the nom de plume Kurban Said published his novel Ali and Nino in Vienna. After the “Anschluss” Essad Bey fled from Vienna to Italy. Lew Nussimbaum’s father Abraham stayed in Vienna and eventually was deported to Belzec and killed there. Essad Bey died in Positano of a rare disease in 1942.
Gregorij von Leïtis reads from Nussimbaum’s fantastic œuvre
Concept & Introduction: Michael Lahr
Admission free – Donations for Elysium’s project “Art and Education without Borders” are welcome
presented by the Parish of St. Ursula
in cooperation with Elysium – between two continents and The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7.00 pm
exil.arte Center at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Lothringerstrasse 18
1030 Vienna / Austria
Erwin Piscator: Political Theater in Exile
Exhibition Opening
Exhibition documenting the work and legacy of Erwin Piscator, founder of the political and epic theater in the 1920s in Berlin, who after working in the Soviet Union for a few years in the early 1930s, found exile in New York where he founded the Dramatic Workshop at the New School. – Curated by Michael Lahr
The exhibition will be on display until the summer of 2020
presented by the exil.arte Center
in cooperation with Elysium – between two continents and The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 6.00 pm
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
Charitéstrasse 13
10117 Berlin / Germany
Price of Concord
The famous Lithuanian theater critic and historian Markas Petuchauskas survived the Ghetto of Vilnius (Vilna). In his memoir he talks about survival under the Nazi and Soviet occupation of Lithuania. A unique trait of the ghetto was its theater which was created by the artists in a heroic effort of resistance under the ruthless terror of the Nazi regime. Due to the theater the Vilna ghetto became a spiritual and emotional center of resistance against the Nazi occupation.
Gregorij von Leïtis will read excerpts from Petuchauskas’s book. The author will be present.
Admission free
For reservations please send an e-mail to anmeldung-botschaft@mfa.lt until May 13
presented by the Lithuanian Embassy in Berlin in cooperation with Lithuanian Culture Institute, Elysium – between two continents and The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
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Thursday, April 2, 2019, at 11.30 am
The Lotos Club
5 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065
32nd Annual Erwin Piscator Award Luncheon
to benefit our International Educational Programs
The recipients of the Erwin Piscator Awards will be announced on December 17, Erwin Piscator’s birthday.
Admission: $ 345 (tickets are tax-deductible for the full amount less $ 85)
To receive an invitation please contact Michael Lahr.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 7.30 pm
Czech Consulate General New York
Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021 / USA
Defending Democracy:
A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity
under the patronage of Kerry Kennedy, President Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Our Western system of an open, democracy-based society and the values holding up such a system are threatened from many sides. The cry for simple solutions, the longing for a strong man who liberates us from the complex trap of a globalized world, is growing louder. Therefore it seems more important than ever to remind ourselves of the great achievement democracy is, and that it is worth fighting for. This literary collage presents texts of authors and thinkers who, in their time, fought against undermining tendencies of dissolution and the erosion of the republic by totalitarian forces.
Concept & Introduction: Michael Lahr
Narrator: Gregorij von Leitis
Admission free
presented by the Czech Consulate General New York
in cooperation with Elysium – between two continents and The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
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Friday, March 1, 2019, at 7.00 pm
Austrian Cultural Forum
3524 International Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008 / USA
Viktor Frankl
Nevertheless Say “Yes” to Life
under the patronage of Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
In the 1920s, Viktor Frankl (1905 - 1997) founded the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy", the so-called logotherapy or existential analysis. In his approach to therapy he focused on meaning and value. Having survived the Holocaust as the only one of his immediate family, Frankl reflected upon his experiences in the concentration camps in his famous book "Man's search for Meaning" which has become one of the ten most influential books in the United States of America. Lesser known is his play "Synchronization in Birkenwald: A Metaphysical Conference ", which he wrote in 1946. On the occasion of Frankl's 85th birthday in 1990, Gregorij von Leitis, Founding Artistic Director of Elysium, presented the world premiere of this play in New York.
Soon after the Holocaust, Frankl advocated for reconciliation as the only way out of the destructive catastrophe of war. The experience of meaning even while suffering, and reconciliation with oneself and with the world as a precondition for healing the world and society: those aspects of Frankl's work are more important than ever in today's broken world.
Concept & Introduction: Michael Lahr
Gregorij H. von Leitis reads those texts
Admission free
Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington
in cooperation with Elysium – between two continents and The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
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Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 1.00 pm
German International School Washington
8617 Chateau Drive
Potomac, MD 20854 / USA
Viktor Frankl
Nevertheless Say “Yes” to Life
under the patronage of Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
In the 1920s, Viktor Frankl (1905 - 1997) founded the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy", the so-called logotherapy or existential analysis. In his approach to therapy he focused on meaning and value. Having survived the Holocaust as the only one of his immediate family, Frankl reflected upon his experiences in the concentration camps in his famous book "Man's search for Meaning" which has become one of the ten most influential books in the United States of America. Lesser known is his play "Synchronization in Birkenwald: A Metaphysical Conference ", which he wrote in 1946. On the occasion of Frankl's 85th birthday in 1990, Gregorij von Leitis, Founding Artistic Director of Elysium, presented the world premiere of this play in New York.
Soon after the Holocaust, Frankl advocated for reconciliation as the only way out of the destructive catastrophe of war. The experience of meaning even while suffering, and reconciliation with oneself and with the world as a precondition for healing the world and society: those aspects of Frankl's work are more important than ever in today's broken world.
Concept & Introduction: Michael Lahr
Gregorij H. von Leitis reads those texts
Closed Event for the Graduating Class of the German International School Washington
Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington, in cooperation with the German International School Washington, Elysium – between two continents and The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 12.30 pm
Bergen Community College
Pitkin Education Center, Room A-104
400 Paramus Rd.
Paramus, NJ 07652 / USA
Resistance of the Heart: The Uprising of the Berlin Women in Rosenstrasse in 1943
under the patronage of Rabbi Dr. Ismar Schorsch
On February 27, 1943, the Gestapo started arresting the last remaining Jews in Berlin, especially those from mixed marriages. They were brought to a collection center on Rosenstrasse, in order to be deported from there. But within a few hours many family members and friends of those arrested gathered outside the building and started protesting. The majority were women. Again and again they shouted: “Give us back our men!” They defied ice-cold temperatures and were not even deterred by police efforts to intimidate them at gunpoint. Finally the Nazi-Regime gave in. After one week of ongoing protests they arrested men were released and even 35 of them, who had already been deported to Auschwitz, were sent back and survived.
Gregorij von Leitis reads excerpts from Nathan Stoltzfus’s groundbreaking and award-winning book.
Followed by a Q & A session
Admission: free
Presented by Bergen Community College
in cooperation with Elysium – between two continents and The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 7.30 pm
Karl Jaspers House
Unter den Eichen 22
26122 Oldenburg / Germany
Erwin Piscator’s Remigration to Germany
In 1951, Erwin Piscator returned from his exile in New York to the fledgling Federal Republic of Germany. When he was summoned to appear in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in Washington, Piscator decided to leave the US within three days. He didn’t want to be exposed and having to expose others to the anti-Communist baiting. In Germany he had to guest-direct for ten long years before he was finally offered the artistic directorship of the Free People’s Stage (Freie Volksbühne) in Berlin-West.
In his lecture, Michael Lahr will analyse how Erwin Piscator experienced the new beginning in the Federal Republic of Germany and how he tried to shape the sociopolitical debate with his productions, in particular in regard to the discussion of the Holocaust and the involvement of ordinary Germans in it.
Admission: € 7,- / € 5,- (reduced)
presented by the Karl Jaspers Society
in cooperation with Elysium – between two continents and The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
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Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 7.30 pm
Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin
Stauffenbergstrasse 1
10785 Berlin
Viktor Frankl
Nevertheless Say “Yes” to Life
In the 1920s, Viktor Frankl (1905 - 1997) founded the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy", the so-called logotherapy or existential analysis. In his approach to therapy he focused on meaning and value. Having survived the Holocaust as the only one of his immediate family, Frankl reflected upon his experiences in the concentration camps in his famous book "Man's search for Meaning" which has become one of the ten most influential books in the United States of America. Lesser known is his play "Synchronization in Birkenwald: A Metaphysical Conference ", which he wrote in 1946. On the occasion of Frankl's 85th birthday in 1990, Gregorij von Leitis, Founding Artistic Director of Elysium, presented the world premiere of this play in New York.
Soon after the Holocaust, Frankl advocated for reconciliation as the only way out of the destructive catastrophe of war. The experience of meaning even while suffering, and reconciliation with oneself and with the world as a precondition for healing the world and society: those aspects of Frankl's work are more important than ever in today's broken world.
Concept & Introduction: Michael Lahr
Gregorij H. von Leitis reads those texts
Admission: free
Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin
in cooperation with Elysium – between two continents and The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
Logo Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin
 
 
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