2nd version (160. action)
30 and 31 July 2022, performance of the 1st and 2nd day
Schloss Prinzendorf and surroundings
Prinzendorf an der Zaya, Austria
24 years after the first realization of the 6-DAY-PLAY (1998), the total work of art in Prinzendorf condensed again this summer into a concentrated interplay of all its components.*
Program & Schedule: 160. action “the 6-day-play” 2. version
Hermann Nitsch’s idea for a six-day and six-night action work dates back to 1957. Influenced by the Gesamtkunstwerk efforts of Richard Wagner and Alexander Scriabin, Hermann Nitsch who at that time worked intensively with the medium of literature, conceived his synaesthetically oriented action theatre, exhilarating all five senses: The Orgies Mysteries Theatre.
The length is analogous to the history of creation and is understood as an extension of all monumental works of art. All actions of the O.M. Theatre performed since then, i.e. since the early sixties, must be understood as partial realizations of the 6-day-play.
The Orgien Mysterien Theater is an artistic endeavour. In addition to the visual idea of form, music plays an essential role. The basic concept of the play is based on a symphonic idea. The scene of the action is the castle in Prinzendorf with all its rooms and the surrounding landscape of the Lower Austrian Weinviertel.
Concept: Hermann Nitsch
Direction: Leonhard Kopp, Frank Gassner, Josef Smutny
Musikalische Leitung: Andrea Cusumano
Co-conductors: Biagio Ippolito, David Rimsky-Korsakow
Actors: 64 passive and active actors
Orchestra groups: 1st regular orchestra, 2nd regular orchestra, moving orchestra, noise orchestra, synthesizer amplification systems, folk music group
Organization: Rita Nitsch
with the support of the O.M.Theater Verein and the Nitsch Foundation
Kitchen: Paul Renner
Film documentation: TGV Film, Martin Gerhartl, Rolf Leitenbor
Photo documentation: Stefan Draschan, Daniel Feyerl, Christian Schramm
Press work AT: Elke Weilharter, MAS | SKYunlimited
Press work international: Rebecca Taylor
The names of staff for the kitchen, smell and taste lab, music groups, construction/carpentry, and costumes will follow shortly.
*Due to the unfortunately ongoing pandemic and to protect the participants and players, it has been decided to perform only the 1st and 2nd day of the 6-day-play this year.