(c) Filmarchiv Austria ZDF
Sun 22 Sep 20:00 – 21:40

Orlac's Hände

22 Sep
20:00 21:40
  • Sun 22 Sep
    20:00 – 21:40
    First performance
    Lichtburg, Essen

The pianist Orlac loses both his hands in a train crash. Surgeons then give him new hands – those of a murderer. What does it mean for a virtuoso pianist to have the hands of a criminal? Orlac goes through panic attacks and bouts of anxiety. Robert Wiene filmed Orlac’s Hands four years after The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. In Johannes Kalitzke’s music for three pianists and string ensemble, depending on the situation Orlac is portrayed through different variations on one of Chopin’s nocturnes, an idée fixe that reflects the traumatized interior of Orlac’s mind.

Lichtburg Essen
Kettwiger Straße 36
45127 Essen

Further Information

Introduction 45 minutes prior to show.

In cooperation with ZDF/arte. With kind approval by Boosey & Hawkes Bote & Bock GmbH.

Language information: With german inserted texts and english subtitles.


Composition and Musical Direction Johannes Kalitzke
Musician Ensemble Resonanz
Piano Benjamin Kobler Per Rundberg Philipp Vandré
Sound Design Sebastian Schottke
Film Robert Wiene
In the movie Conrad Veidt Alexandra Sorina Fritz Kortner
Technical Project Manager RT Darko Šošić
Artistic production manager RT Annika Steinkamp
Curator RT Matthias Osterwold

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