Wallstrasse 13

by Bente Kahan

manuscript & director: Bente Kahan
Scenography: Anna Weber/Helge Hoff Monsen

Barbara: Marzena Oberkorn/Bente Kahan
Mother/Singer: Dorota Abbe
Father/Werner/Theatre Director: Igor Pietraszewski

Musicians:Tomasz Kasiukewicz, Igor Pietraszewski, Artur Dominik, Jacek Wegrzynowski

The German and English version performed by Bente Kahan as a monodrama.

„Wallstrasse 13” links present reality with a powerful past.

The Polish, Jewish character Barbara (a ficitve character), is born in a townhouse in Wroclaw on Wlodkowica Street 13, formerly Wallstrasse 13 in the German city Breslau. In 1968, 10 years old, she leaves Poland because of an anti-semittic campaign organized by the communist regime. Her father remained in the country, and first when he dies, Barbara returns to her hometown. She is then a grown up woman, and is suddenly confronted with her and her parents past through documents and photos found in her father’s flat. A photo leads her also to Leontine Dambitsch, the flat’s pre-war resident. The audience is witness to Barabra’s determination to confront the past and to recreate the dramatic human lives and times that came before her.
We join Barbara on a historical journey through the German Jewish community of Breslau in the 1930’s and the Polish Jewish community of Wroclaw in 1946-68.

A wide variety of archival material, as well as photos from private albums, are presented on a multi-media set during the performance.

Repertoir from the „Breslau Jewish Culture Guild” (1935-41) and the „Yiddish Theatre of Lower Silesia” (1946-68) including songs in German, Yiddish and Polish, are integral parts of the play.