Bertolt Brecht's expressive stage ballad Baal tells of the life of an artist – wandering between genius and madness.

It is named after the Syrian fertility god, whose image hung above the bed of the precocious playwright in the Augsburg attic. Obsessed with a panicked desire for happiness, Baal lives a life entirely under the sign of art, which leaves little (intermediate) human space between intoxication and crash. Baal's behavior and life path violated the moral and social norms of his time – and not just these. In his interpretation, Ersan Mondtag deals with the question of our lowest common denominator, of respect and solidarity – and of the possibility and necessity of an encounter on an equal level from person to person.

Photocredit: Florian Seufert


06. September 2019 – 02. February 2020