Beware of Pity (La impaciència del cor)
Stefan Zweig / Simon McBurney / Complicité / Schaubühne
In 1939, the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig published a novel in which he wonders what compassion really is and notes how difficult it is to feel someone else’s pain. This is the story of Lieutenant Hofmiller, an Austro-Hungarian army officer who is invited to a party at a wealthy household. There he commits a terrible mistake by asking a young lady to dance, not knowing that she suffers from a paralysis that prevents her from walking. In an attempt to compensate for his unfortunate faux-pas, he begins to visit the girl regularly. As a result, she falls in love with him, with tragic consequences. Beware of Pity merges video and theatre, dialogue and narrative, with rare wisdom and mastery. In this production, actors illustrate the action while, in the shadows, other actors voice internal monologues or play the role of omniscient narrators. The result is a show that uses different techniques and languages to tell a fascinating story set in the context of the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Simon McBurney, actor, director and co-founder of the legendary British company Complicité (creators of a magnificent version of The Master and Margarita, seen at the Grec in 2012), teams up with the Schaubühne from Berlin, one of the most innovative German companies of the moment, directed since 1999 by Thomas Ostermeier.
Harnessing the expressive power of video and drama, a legend of the theatre and a German company interested in new languages turn a novel by Stefan Zweig into a polyphonic tale.
A coproduction by Complicité and Schaubühne
In collaboration with Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Barcelona and the Goethe-Institut.
Saturday 8 July, post-performance conversation with James Yeatman, co-director of the show. Chair: Albert Lladó, philosopher, playwright and arts journalist.
How to get there
- Stefan Zweig
- Version / Adaptation
- Simon McBurney, James Yeatman, Maja Zade and the members of the company
- Written by
- Maja Zade
- Simon McBurney
- James Yeatman
- Marie Burchard, Robert Beyer, Johannes Flaschberger, Christoph Gawenda, Moritz Gottwald, Laurenz Laufenberg and Eva Meckbach
- Set design
- Anna Fleischle
- Holly Waddington
- Paul Anderson
- Pete Malkin
- Sound associate
- Benjamin Grant
- Will Duke
L1 (Espanya), L3 (Espanya, Poble Sec)
França Xica, 42; pg. Exposició, 30
55, 150, N0, N6
Seating is provided in varying ways, according to characteristics of show. Accessible toilets. Reserved parking.
Induction loop throughout the Sala Fabià Puigserver.
- This activity is part of the Grec_ Selection
- Start date
- End date
- Teatre Lliure Montjuïc - Sala Fabià Puigserver
- 8.30 p.m.
- Running time
- 120 min
- German, with Catalan surtitles
- 28 €