“Luther” opens the Nibelungen Festival in Worms | Free press

“Luther”, just without Luther: The piece by the Swiss author Lukas Bärfuss manages entirely without the figure of the reformer and yet his presence is omnipresent.

Worms (dpa) – The Nibelungen Festival began yesterday evening with the premiere of the play “Luther” in front of a historical backdrop in Worms.

On the stage in front of the Kaiserdom, the ensemble around Sunnyi Melles and Jürgen Tarrach devoted themselves to the work of Martin Luther (1483-1546) in just under three hours – although the eponymous reformer was not on the stage as a character. “Luther does not appear, but he is omnipresent”, said the artistic director Thomas Laue.

Exactly 500 years ago, the monk at the Diet of Worms refused to revoke his writings and theses. In his play, the Swiss author Lukas Bärfuss traces the person of Luther on the one hand and the public and political figure on the other. The Hungarian Ildikó Gáspár directs the film under the direction of Nico Hofmann. The ensemble will show the piece on 15 days until August 1st.

The games have been taking place since 2002. This year, because of the anniversary of Luther’s appearance in Worms in 1521, the audience will, for once, not experience a new production of the famous Nibelungen saga. Due to the pandemic, around 700 of the approximately 1400 seats in the grandstand were allowed to be occupied on Friday. In 2020 Corona ruined the performance.


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