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Why the kid is cooking in the Polenta (Warum das Kind in der Polenta kocht)

“Here every country is abroad. The circus is always abroad. But home is inside the trailer. I open the door of the trailer as little as possible so that the feeling of home does not evaporate.” Based on the novel of the same name by Aglaja Veteranyi, the piece tells the story about a circus-artist-family which, searching for a new place to call home, flee their homeland. On their journey the fun-loving family is soon faced with unforeseen situations.

Five women embark on a wonderful journey through the fantastic and bitter reality of the daily routine of circus life and through a childhood balancing-act between poetry and disappointment. On its journey, the fun-loving family is confronted with unpredictable situations. The story's protagonist quickly asks the question: What does one need to feel at home?

“Warum das Kind in der Polenta kocht” is a musical composition of language that impressively tells the true story about a young girl. The captivating rhythm and melody of Veteranyi's language form the foundation of the production. Music, sound, songs, recitative and a whining Propeller tell of the contradictory emotional realms between inside and outside, between home and a foreign land, between leaving and arriving. Elements from folk songs of different cultures, live-electronic sounds, looping, musical and vocal extremes, as well as the extraordinary sounds of the self-made instruments created by the sound experimenter Hans Tschiritsch make the piece a moving sound and theatre experience.

Music theatre
Duration: circa 75 minutes

  • Text based on Aglaja Veteranyi’s Original: Sara Ostertag, Maria Tunner
  • Stage direction: Sara Ostertag
  • Performers: Sabine Muhar, Michèle Rohrbach, Sarah Bahmou
  • Music: Jelena Popržan, Anna Starzinger
  • Composition: Jelena Popržan
  • Dramaturgy, Musical communication: Maria Tunner
  • Drama Education: Brigitte Moscon
  • Equipment: Nanna Neudeck
  • Graphics: Birgit Kellner
  • Light design: Severin Mahrer
  • Construction wheel: Peter Jokl
  • Instruments: Hans Tschiritsch
  • Stage direction and Production assistance: Laura Andreß
  • Equipment assistance: Martina Maggale
  • Guest assistance: Sabine Kleon
  • Publisher: DVA München, in Verlagsgruppe Random House
  • Thanks to: Stadt Wien, SKE-austro mechana and Dschungel Wien
  • Photo: Nanna Neudeck


  • Monday, 27 October 2014, 11.30
    Theater Münster, Kleines Haus
  • Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 9.00 and 11.30
    Theater Münster, Kleines Haus