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Projects of The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive
 
Over the past few years, Gregorij H. von Leitis and Michael Lahr have conceived of numerous literary collages, montages and readings. These programs have been presented at various occasions, e.g. at the Elysium Festival Bernried. The programs listed below are ready to travel. If you are interested in presenting any of them, please contact Michael Lahr.
 
Viktor Ullmann
Foto: Alice Herz-Sommer, Foto: Michael Teutsch
Hate is a Failure of Imagination
A Literary Collage
An Encouraging Testimony
under the patronage of Prof. Felix Kolmer (Prague), Foundation for Holocaust Victims
Concept & Introductory Lecture: Michael Lahr
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leïtis
Premiered at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Berlin (May 22, 2014)
Hate is a Failure of Imagination
 
Viktor Ullmann
Photo: Viktor Ullmann around 1924, Archive of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute Los Angeles 
Cornet: Viktor Ullmann’s Legacy from Theresienstadt
The Lay of Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke for recitation and piano
and the Piano Sonata No. 6 by Viktor Ullmann
Introductory Lecture on Music from Theresienstadt: Michael Lahr
Recitation: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Piano: Dan Franklin Smith
Premiered at the Goethe Institute New York / USA
Cornet
 
Illustration: Heinrich Heine
Heinrich Heine: Tell me what does it mean to be human?
A literary journey through life
Narrator: Gregorij H. von Leitis
Concept and Introduction: Michael Lahr
Premiered at the Elysium Festival Bernried on May 26, 2012
Heinrich Heine: Tell me what does it mean to be human?
 
Illustration: Georg Büchner
“Peace to the Shacks! War on the Palaces!”
Social Criticism in Germany prior to the Revolution of 1848
Reading of selected works by Georg Büchner and Christian Dietrich Grabbe
with Christa Pillmann
Introduction: Michael Lahr
Premiered at the Elysium Festival Bernried (June 1, 2012)
Peace to the Shacks! War on the Palaces!
 
Illustration "Defending Democracy" by Pepe Vives
Defending Democracy
A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values
in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity
Literary Collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert F. Kennedy, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Alfred Polgar, Carl von Ossietzky, Joseph Roth, Hans Sahl, Kurt Tucholsky, Lasantha Wikrematunge, and others
under the patronage of Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
Gregorij von Leïtis (Narrator) Concept and introductory talk: Michael Lahr
Premiere: Künstlerhaus, Munich / Germany (April 19, 2012)
Defending Democracy
 
Illustration "Clean Up Your Mess! Love Mother"
Illustration "Clean Up Your Mess! Love Mother"
After Us the Deluge?
A Montage
under the patronage of Meera T. Gandhi
CEO and Founder
The Giving Back Foundation
Gregorij H. von Leïtis (Recitation)
Michael Lahr (Concept & Introduction)
Premiered at the Elysium Festival Bernried / Germany
After Us the Deluge
 
Joseph Roth
Photo: Joseph Roth, © Leo Baeck Institute NYC
Cry for Life: Passionate Exiled Voices
A Literary Collage recited by Gregorij H. von Leïtis
Introductory Lecture: Michael Lahr
Premiered at the Elysium Festival Bernried / Germany
Cry for Life
 
Hans Sahl
Hans Sahl, illustration by Leo Glückselig
“We are the Last, question us, we are relevant”
in remembrance of the 25th anniversary of Hans Sahl’s death
Gregorij H. von Leïtis reads from the vast oeuvre of the exiled writer Hans Sahl
Introductory Lecture: Michael Lahr
The reading recaptures some of the most creative moments of Hans Sahl’s life,
a life between two continents. Sahl’s observations illustrate in detail the destiny
of the émigrés and the tragic events that led to the intellectual exodus
of German Jews.
Premiered at the Elysium Festival Bernried / Germany
We are the Last
 
Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka, illustration by Andy Warhol courtesy of Hotel Jalta Prag
The Gospel According to Kafka
A literary Collage
recited by Gregorij H. von Leïtis
Concept & Introductory Lecture: Michael Lahr
Premiered at the Elysium Festival Bernried / Germany (June 2011)
The Gospel According to Kafka
 
Freidrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche, illustration by Rune Mields
My Nietzsche
Gregorij H. von Leïtis reads selections from Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings
Introductory Lecture by Michael Lahr
Premiered at: Galerie im Fronhof, Leutesdorf / Germany
My Nietzsche
 
Stefan Zweig
Photo: Stefan Zweig
“A Time like this perverts our Hearts”
A reading of collected texts by Stefan Zweig
Speaker: Gregorij H. von Leïtis
Introductory lecture: Michael Lahr
Premiered at Freunde Deutscher Sprache (Friends of the German Language),
Greenwich, CT / USA, March 21, 2012
A Time like this perverts our Hearts
 
Rosenstrasse Berlin, 2012
Photo: Rosenstrasse Berlin, 2012
Resistance of the Heart
Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany in 1943
commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Rosenstrasse Protest
under the patronage of Rabbi Dr. Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York
Gregorij H. von Leïtis reads from the award-winning book by Nathan Stoltzfus
Introductory Lecture: Michael Lahr
Premiered at the Jüdische Kulturverein Berlin (Jewish Cultural Club), November 9, 1999
Resistance of the Heart
 
Libertas Schulze-Boysen
Photo: Libertas Schulze-Boysen
Our Death must be a Beacon
Poems and Letters by Libertas Schulze-Boysen
Remembering the 75th anniversary of the execution of Libertas Schulze-Boysen
Narrator: Gregorij H. von Leïtis
Introductory Lecture by Michael Lahr
Premiered at: German House - New York City, December 13, 2002
Our Death must be a Beacon
 
Viktor Frankl
Photo: Viktor Frankl
„…Nevertheless Say YES to Life“
Literary Collage from the groundbreaking works of Viktor Frankl
Austrian psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor, founder of the Viennese school of logotherapy
under the patronage of Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
Concept & Introduction: Michael Lahr
Narrator: Gregorij H. von Leïtis
Premiered at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York / USA on October 18, 2016
Viktor Frankl Reading
 
Lew Nussimbaum
Photo: Lew Nussimbaum
Lew Nussimbaum
alias Essad Bey
alias Kurban Said:
Cosmopolitan – Wanderer between two worlds – Jewish Muslim – Orientalist in Exile
Literary Collage from his fantastic oeuvre
Gregorij von Leitis (Narrator)
Concept and introductory talk: Michael Lahr
Premiered at the Lithuanian Embassy in Berlin / Germany on August 31, 2017
Lew Nussimbaum Reading
 
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky
Photo: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky
Resistance:
Persecuted, but not Silenced
A Literary Collage
Narrator: Gregorij H. von Leïtis
Concept & Introduction: Michael Lahr
Premiered at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York / USA on November 9, 2017
Resistance Persecuted but not Silenced
 
 

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