Courasche oder Gott lass nach By Wilhelm Genazino after Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen

First performance
Stephanie Mohr
Musical preparation:
Walter Zeh
Stage, costumes:
Andrea Uhmann
Nives Widauer
Julischka Eichel, Barbara Nüsse, Anna Franziska Srna, Daniel Rohr, Vokal-Ensemble des Philharmonia Chors Wien
Opening night:
2. October
8:00 pm
3., 5., 6., 8., 9., 10. October
8:00 pm
3., 5., 8. October
The introduction begins 45 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Category A
40 €
Category B
30 €
Category C
20 €

She is probably one of the first prostitutes the world literature dealt with. Even though it was not until the last century she received great popularity, in the middle of a grievous war, the Courasche has been an icon long before Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage.Her shrewdness, her audacity and her go-getting are admired to this day. Being in constant danger of life as a sutler during the Thirty Years’ War, she managed a life full of relish. She made good winnings as a vagabond, horse trader and as an amatory servant. Her cleverness made her coequal to war.
She was one of the first women to realize the principle social difference between man and woman at all: A man may take his profit, a women has to wait for her chance to come. The fact that she tried successfully again and again to overturn this principle makes her appear a modern woman to this day. Hence, the Courasche in Wilhelm Genanzino’s play may be seen as a traveller through different age-related stages of her life. Template for Genanzino’s Courasche is the narration of Trutz Simplex Oder… Lebensbeschreibung der Ertzbetrügerin und Landstörzerin Courasche by Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen (1670), the same template that Bertolt Brecht used as a basis of his drama (debut performance 1941 in Zurich).

A work commissioned by the RuhrTriennale.