Im Nebel

Musiktheater von Till Löffler (Komposition) nach ‹Zuginsfeld› von Otto Nebel (Text)

  • Gastspiel
  • Altersempfehlung: 12+
  • With English Surtitles

In 1918, 26-year-old Otto Nebel became a prisoner of war. He wrote the poem ‹Zuginsfeld› in which orders, rallying cries, warmongering phraseology, expressions and folk songs come together to form an impressive collage.
Through the voices of the thirty-five young men of the Knabenkantorei Basel, this barrage of language is transformed into a monument against war. And against forgetting.

First performed at the Gare du Nord in 2018, exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War, this production is now being staged five times at Theater Basel. In addition to the horrors of war, Otto Nebel's anti-war text also expresses a sense of revulsion. Revulsion for a language that transforms into a lie and can no longer be trusted.

Director Ursina Greuel came up with a version together with the Zurich-based composer Till Löffler, on the basis of which Till created his composition «Im Nebel». Sarcastic wordplay and associative word chains of the expressionist text become tangible through the music. The situation over 100 years ago is brought to life in staged drinking bouts, drill ground exercises, shootings, battlegrounds and killing fields.

«We don’t want war!» – They would have marched, rebelled, shouted, died, risen from the dead and sung touchingly live: Four performances of the production ‹Im Nebel› were planned as a guest performance of the male voices of the Knabenkantorei Basel at the Schauspielhaus. Starting at noon on 26 March and online for a whole week, we will be showing a recording of the premiere at the Gare du Nord Basel on 8 November 2018.

Go to contribution

Find all the dates from our online programme here.

Dates follow

[Die Melodien] gehen unter die Haut, auch dann, wenn sie ein Zerrbild der Realität zeichnen. Otto Nebel soll leben!“ NZZ, 17.11.2018

...die alles in Kauf nehmende Machtlust erfährt ein bildhaftes Exempel, das in dieser Präsentationsform regelrecht unter die Haut fährt.“ P.S. 23.11.2018


Eine Produktion von Matterhorn Produktionen, sogar theater Zürich, Knabenkantorei Basel und Gare du Nord, Basel zu Gast im Theater Basel

Die Wiederaufnahme im Jahr 2021 wird unterstützt von der Datio Stiftung.