Der Yopougon-Ring

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  • 2 hours 20 minutes without an intermission
  • Interesting for people from 12+
  • In different languages

Wagner's world of myths from a postcolonial perspective

In a performance between dance, discourse and pop culture, the transcultural collective around Monika Gintersdorfer and Knut Klassen explodes Richard Wagner's monumental work. Together with performers from Côte d'Ivoire, they scrutinise the cycle and its themes such as magic and myth, domination and the cult of heroes. Gintersdorfer / Klassen develop projects in which they focus on the life strategies and forms of expression of the performers and confront them with their own aesthetics. Their work crosses borders, this time from Abidjan to Basel and back.

Together with musicians of the Sinfonieorchester Basel, 'Ring' conductor Jonathan Nott introduces the musical structures and the most important leitmotifs.

  • Rehearsal Centre Picassoplatz
  • 22.8.2023, 7:30 pm
  • Collection

The 'Ring' in short form: Ansi Verwey presents the opera cycle on the piano. A one-woman show for everyone who loves, hates, knows or wants to discover Wagner.

  • Small Stage
  • 29.8.2023, 8pm
  • CHF 40.-
  • Thank you! With the kind support of Theaterverein Basel

In an introduction followed by a visit to a final rehearsal, the directing team will give an insight into the new productions of 'Das Rheingold' and 'Die Walküre'.

  • 'Das Rheingold', Foyer, 4.9.2023, 6:30 p.m.
  • 'Die Walküre', Foyer, 11.9.2023, 6:30 p.m.
  • CHF 10.-

On four Thursday evenings, Basel director and performer Marcel Schwald and dramaturge Jonas Gillmann invite artists from the festival and other guests to a late-night talk. The evening will be musically accompanied by Les Reines Prochaines.

  • in the theatre café
  • 14/21/28 September and 5 October 2023, 9:30 p.m.
  • Free admission

Together with the dramaturgy, Basel's Kulturhaus Bider & Tanner has curated the book table for our plays for many years. Now this selection of books, CDs, DVDs, catalogues or even sheet music can be accessed at any time in the online shop. It's worth browsing regularly.

Book table

With the kind support of the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger and the External Relations and Location Marketing Department of the Canton of Basel-Stadt


After more than 40 years, 'The Ring' is returning to Theater Basel. In the autumns of 2023 and 2024, the premières of 'Das Rheingold', 'Die Walküre', 'Siegfried' and 'Götterdämmerung' will be accompanied by a festival lasting several weeks with commissioned works, discussion series, late-night formats and other events that take their own perspectives on the diverse thematic complexes of 'Der Ring'.


Das Theater arbeitet sich – und das ist lobenswert – auf allen (un)möglichen Feldern an Richard Wagner ab. Es will Schwellenängste nehmen; Wagner entzaubern. In Basel sind Pädagogen am Werk. Aber es geht nicht um Umerziehung, sondern um spielerische und verspielte Er- und Aufklärung: Wagner für alle. ‹Der Yopougon-Ring› ist dafür wunderbar geeignet, für Menschen ab zwölf plus.


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