Leonce und Lena
Directed by Liliane Brakema
Costume design by MAISON the FAUX
Two royal children, each on the run from a forced marriage, meet and fall in love – unaware that it is each other from whom they are fleeing. During their journey, illusion crumbles over illusion, convention over convention, patterns of thought over patterns of thought. Romantic ideals disintegrate into poor attempts by people to delude themselves that they can be who they want to be.
When the marriage between Prince Leonce of Popo and Princess Lena of Pipi is solemnly consummated at the end and the old order seems restored, doubt remains: has their journey opened the space for a freer, more autonomous life?
The play premiered on 26th May 2019 during the theatre’s 2018/2019 season, it took place in the sober, bare, partly still tiled building of Zeche Prinz Regent in Bochum South and it is a contemporary interpretation of Georg Büchner’s 1836 work.