International Program

Program type: International Program
Starts at: 21:00 - Wednesday, 16 December
Nino Haratischwili Adaption of a Novel

The Eight Life (For Brilka)

Adapted by  Julia Lochte and Emilia Linda Heinrich

Directed by Jette Steckel
Costume Design: Pauline Hüners
Stage Design: Florian Lösche
Video:  Zaza Rusadze
Choreographer: Yohan Stegli
Music Adapted by Mark Badur

Photographer - Armin Smailovic

Lisa Hagmeister, Franziska Hartmann, Mirco Kreibich, Marie Löcker , Karin Neuhäuser, Barbara Nüsse, Sebastian Rudolph, Maja Schöne, André Szymanski.


Georgia, 1900: The birth of Stasia, daughter of a respected chocolatier, triggers the start of a narrated family saga that spans six generations, through all of the revolutions and wars of the 20th century through to the present day. „The Eighth Life (For Brilka)" is a revolutionary, opulent novel, written by Nino Haratischwili, who was born in Tbilisi in 1983, writes in German and now lives in Hamburg. With magical realism she tells stories about adaptation, betrayal and resistance, love, hate and the will to live (and survive). Haratischwili depicts the rise and fall of communism from before the revolution through to Europe post-reunification, from the perspective of a Georgian family, who are as ensnared as they are conflicted by the totalitarianism, tragedies and upheavals of this God-forsaken 20th century.

Duration 4 hours 55min  (Part 1:  2h15min /  Part 2: 2h20min)
​World premiere on 8th April 2017

When Cheri Maurice was granted the license for a theatre in Hamburg in 1843, he was forbidden from staging serious plays in order to protect another existing Stadttheater. As a result, he named his theatre after the Greek muse of comedy, Thalia and opened its doors on 9th November 1843, in a spot directly opposite its current location.
Joachim Lux has been the Artistic Director at Thalia Theater since summer 2009. He began signing up brilliant directors to the theatre in his very first season. Luk Perceval, Nicolas Stemann, Jan Bosse, Dimiter Gotscheff are just a few of the names. Lux is passionate about promoting understanding between cultures, social classes and religions. This is also what the intercultural festival ‘For the world – Lessing Days’ stands for, which has taken place at Thalia Theater between the end of January and the beginning of February every year since 2010, based on Lessing’s progressive ideas and hosting renowned international guest plays. Furthermore the topics and plays covered in our programme reflect the tendency to occupy oneself more with the ‘world’ and less with inner psychological realms. Many invitations to perform abroad – including from Russia, China, Bogotá and many European countries – as well as countless awards for our actors, productions, directors and set designers, are all testament to the continuing work by Thalia Theater and its staff.
The message is clear: the vision of an international theatre for the entire city of Hamburg is now within reach. What we are aiming for is an international city theatre – a platform for cosmopolitan culture.