Uns ist in alten Maeren wunders viel geseit Jürgen Flimm reads from the »Nibelungenlied«

Jürgen Flimm
Joachim Janner
30. September
11:00 am
every seat
10 €

Length: 2.400 staves. Author: unknown. Generations of historians and literature scholars could not come to terms with an anonimous author and with such a disputed subject. Even at the end of his lifetime Frederick II. of Prussia resented that the Song of the Nibelungs »would not be worth one shot of powder«, Goethe however praised the »luscious piece of work« and Heine in turn got annoyed about this »stony language « whose staves he was only able to understand as »rhymed cuboids«. The manuscripts which were located in Tyrol, Switzerland and in Southern Germany date from the years 1180 to 1210 – the period of time of Walther von der Vogelweide and possibly also the period of time where Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival came into existence. Incidentally, the
»tune« was not sung untill the end of the 19th century in the dramatisation by Richard Wagner – in Middle High German the »liet« is too be understood as »work« (the last stave in one of the manuscripts is read: »daz ist der Nibelungen liet«). 
The Nibelungenlied consists of 39 adventures and is divided into two parts. The first 19 adventures tell the story of the encounter between Kriemhild, Brunhild, Siegfried and how he is murdered by Hagen. The last 20 chapters recount how Kriemhild avenges Siegfried's death and portray the downfall of the heroes.
Under his direction, Jürgen Flimm dealt with the subject twice: 1988 he staged Friedrich Hebbel’s Nibelungs at the Thalia Theater and in the year 2000 the restaging of the Ring-Tetralogy succeeded at the Bayreuth Festival.