Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel The Virgin Suicides tells of the suicide of five sisters living a sheltered life in a North American suburb. Celebrated as a sensation when it came out, the book was then turned into a film by Sofia Coppola in 1999. Susanne Kennedy draws on the mysterious events surrounding the death of the teenage sisters and stages them as a psychedelic trip. The audience follows the girls on their journey through the structure of the Tibetan Book of the Dead; LSD guru Timothy Leary is represented by an avatar and acts as a counsellor. The stage is a gigantic altar of colourful video screens and shrines on which figures in ornate robes and masks celebrate the memory of the girls. As agents of memory, they oscillate between the world of the sisters and the observations of the neighbourhood boys. In her unmistakable aesthetics of alienation and radical artificiality, Kennedy creates a space that itself becomes memory.
Artistic Team and Cast
Directed by Susanne Kennedy Stage Lena Newton Costumes Teresa Vergho Sound Richard Janssen Video Rodrik Biersteker Lighting design Stephan Mariani Dramaturgy Johanna Höhmann With Hassan Akkouch, Walter Hess, Christian Löber, Damian Rebgetz, Ingmar Thilo Voice Over Çigdem Teke
Production Münchner Kammerspiele Co-produced by Volksbühne Berlin