©Myra Wallraff
©Myra Wallraff
©Myra Wallraff

Mira Kandathil, Annina Machaz (CH)

Nora oder Ein Altenheim


  • 60’
  • G Hearing loops
  • B Accessible to persons with reduced mobility

Concept, texte, dramaturgie, performance: Mira Kandathil et Annina Machaz. Production: Kathrin Veser/It's The Real Thing Studios. Conception lumière: Lola Rosarot/Lukas Sander. Régie son: Florina Diemer. Composition musicale: Sebastian Pagel. Video et montage: Ari Zehnder, Nathalie Kamber et Janos Mehnberg. Pyrotechnie: Urs Bruderer. Coproduction: Une coproduction conjointe de Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Gessnerallee Zürich, Freischwimmen-Network and SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin. (FREISCHWIMMER: Platforme internationale de performance et théâtre. Partenaires: Brut Vienna, FFT Düsseldorf, Schwankhalle Bremen, Sophiensaele Berlin, Theater Rampe Stuttgart, and Gessnerallee Zurich). Soutien: Ville de Zurich Culture, Pour-cent culturel Migros.

The title Nora oder Ein Altenheim (Nora or the old people’s home) refers to A Doll’s House, a play by Henrik Ibsen written in 1879. In this domestic drama, Nora, a housewife, leaves the marital home to finally emancipate herself from the status of object. Her slamming of the door is said to have caused a scandal throughout 19th century Europe – a wife simply did not leave, even if she was bullied and humiliated. In 2021, Mira Kandathil and Annina Machaz have transposed Nora to a retirement home. As in Ibsen’s work, there is no lack of rigid structures and paternalism here. But as in The Doll’s House, our Noras seize upon the liberating motto “nothing left to lose”. Freed from norms and injunctions, can they finally live the life they have always wanted? Between the smell of pizza and that of the refrigerator, the cosy fireplace and the gusts of icy snow, Mira Kandathil and Annina Machaz confront the audience with the many preconceived notions surrounding the elderly and offer an acerbic yet uplifting show about a society that is growing ever older.