Mariano Pensotti (AR)
Encyclopaedia of unlived life
45% theatre
12% Buenos Aires
31% literature
12% Graz

All of the moments that we should have lived, should have lived differently – but how? Did we really have a choice, could we have acted, handled situations or coped with them by using a trick? The young Argentinian director Mariano Pensotti, who staged Johannes Schrettle’s short play ”kollege von niemand” at steirischer herbst two years ago, has asked authors from around the world to contribute entries to his ”Encyclopaedia of unlived life”. He is now joining these very different original contributions – prose, poetry, drama, theory, whether a few sentences or two or three pages long – to create a playful evening of theatre, bringing the unlived to life on the stage of the Schauspielhaus in Graz: comic, sad, brutal, gentle, mysterious, concrete; and every moment missed accompanied with its own background melody.
Our life and work today are usually activities with no concrete product. We must master them with virtuosity. The ”Encyclopaedia of unlived life” collects that which would have been virtuoso, the true, non-judgemental mastery of life: a couple kissing to the Velvet Underground,a man with terminal illness sees his friends crying – Gustav Mahler in the background, a family dies in a hail of bullets while Queens of the Stone Age play, the hand on the thigh of an unknown neighbour on the underground, one day in September 2006, accompanied by Scott Walker. Everything comes true. Private and public, faith, sex, sport, fame, violence, revenge, death. Neatly categorised from A to Z.


Mariano Pensotti: Enzyklopädie des ungelebten Lebens

Mariano Pensotti (AR) Biography

Commissioned by steirischer herbst & Schauspielhaus Graz

Thu 07/10, Sat 09/10 & Tue 12/10, 8 pm

15,50 / 8,50 €

More dates in November:

Talk following the second performance

Schauspielhaus Graz / Probebühne
Concept & Direction Mariano Pensotti
Rahul Chakraborty, Sophie Hottinger, Verena Lercher, Claire Vivianne Sobottke & Leon Ullrich
Costumes and set design Mariana Tirantte
Music Diego Vainer
Dramaturgy Regula Schröter & Florian Malzacher
Sprechtraining Michael Jackenkroll
Directorial assistance Martina Neu
Prompter Elisabeth Wondrak
Directorial- and dramaturgical hospitanz Birgit Schachner

With original contributions by
Lola Arias (AR), Dietmar Dath (D), Elfriede Jelinek (A), John Jesurun (USA), Händl Klaus (A), Friederike Mayröcker (A), Rabih Mroué (LB), Romina Paula (AR), Alan Pauls (AR), Mariano Pensotti AR), Kathrin Röggla (A), Ivana Sajko (HR), Clemens J. Setz (A), Andrzej Stasiuk (PL), Gerhild Steinbuch (A), Marcus Steinweg (D), Darja Stocker (CH), Juan Villoro (MX) & Joseph Vogl (D).

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