Lara Foot and Handspring Puppet Company

Life and Times of Michael K

after the novel of the same name by J. M. Coetzee
South Africa, Germany

World premiere
In English, German, Afrikaans and Xhosa with German surtitles
Theater der Welt opens with South African director Lara Foot’s production of Life and Times of Michael K by the Nobel Prize-winning author J. M. Coetzee – in collaboration with the award-winning South African puppeteers of the Handspring Puppet Company and an ensemble of actors from Düsseldorf and Cape Town.

  When his mother wants to return to die on the farm where she grew up, Michael K embarks on a journey through a country shattered by the confusions of civil war. However, she dies shortly after they set off – and Michael must continue in an effort to take her ashes home. »In a violent world, Michael K is a simple prophet who seeks strength in his humanity and his deep connection to the earth,« says Lara Foot. »It’s a frighteningly beautiful story.« 

Festival opening - Lara Foot and Handspring Puppet Company:
Life and Times of Michael K
14.05.20, 19:30 - 21:45
Schauspielhaus, Große Bühne
World premiere

At the beginning greetings of the sponsors and supporters of the festival, followed by the opening premiere
15.05.20, 19:30 - 21:15
Schauspielhaus, Große Bühne
Lara Foot
Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler (Handspring Puppet Company)
Stage Design:
Patrick Curtis
Kyle Shepherd
Kirsti Cummings
Felicitas Zürcher
Elton Landrew, Billy Edward Langa, Jonas Friedrich Leonhardi, Jan Maak, Tankiso Moloi, Chuma Sopotela, Michaela Steiger und Craig Leo, Roshina Ratnam (Puppenspiel)
Coproduktion: Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2020, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Baxter Theatre Centre, Kapstadt, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

With special support from Gabriele and Jürgen Kluge

Copyright © J. M. Coetzee, 1983. All rights reserved. Arranged by Peter Lampack Agency, Inc.