Kakanien – New Homelands: Episode 5


Can linguistic misunderstandings lead to serious political crises? Can language be home and away all at once? What would our social life look like if we had to learn the languages of our neighbours? What does language mean for an actor at a national theatre and does a language called “Burgtheater German” really exist? And what does language mean for a writer who does not write in his mother tongue?

Peter Matić will try to get to the bottom of whether misunderstandings due to different languages can lead to political disputes by reading parts of Mark Twains’ narrative “Stirring Times in Austria”. Twain visited the Austrian Parliament in 1897 and reported on the political crisis which was caused by linguistic differences and false assumptions between multi-ethnic politicians. Michael Stavarić, who was born in Brno (Czech Republic), is viewed as an Austrian writer and translator. He will explore the long-term prospects of neighbourly relations between Austrians and Czechs, based on a retrospective view. Vienna-based musician and media artist Klaus Karlbauer performs music which oscillates between traditional sounds and electronic beats.

Kakanien – New Homelands: Episode 5 presented by Peter Matić,  Michael Stavarić and Klaus Karlbauer

Date: 10 January 2013, at 20.00
Venue: Kasino Am Schwarzenbergplatz, Schwarzenbergplatz 1, 1010 Vienna

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.burgtheater.at/kakanien.