"Be careful with that! It's my whole life"

Solo performance by Joanne Gläsel about the life of Charlotte Salomon

Photo of the actress Joanne Gläsel at rehearsalPhoto of the stage settingThe actress Joanne Gläsel
Photographs (top to bottom):
Joanne Gläsel at a rehearsal for
"Be careful with that! It's my whole life"
© Vincent Chmiel
Stage setting
© Jewish Museum Berlin, Photo: Sönke Tollkühn
Joanne Gläsel
© Photo: Nadja Klier

Charlotte Salomon, Jew, born in Berlin in 1917, emigrated to France in 1939, murdered in Auschwitz in 1943. Two years before her death she begins to reinterpret her life through painting and writing. In her picture cycle "Life? or Theatre?", subtitled "The Tricolor Singespiel", she concentrates her life to a few persons, dividing it into Prelude, Main Section and Epilogue. As in a drama, the characters figuring in the play are given fictitious names. Is it her life? Or is it theater?

From this dramatic template, the actress Joanne Gläsel has developed a stage version, which will be premiered in the Jewish Museum on 1 September 2007. A short version of the one-woman show will be previewed on the Long Night of Museums in the Jewish Museum. Slipping into all of the roles, she expands the total work of art into three-dimensional space, acting, singing, and telling stories to show how a person in a hopeless situation can master her particular fate.

A production by Joanne Gläsel in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Berlin.

When: 1 September 2007 and 24 November 2007, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Jewish Museum Berlin, Old Building, Level 2, Concert Hall, Lindenstrasse 9-14, 10969 Berlin
Admission: 10 euros, reduced rate 7 euros, including admission to the special exhibition

Ticket reservations through the box office at
tel. +49 (0)30 259 93 488.

Performances for school classes

For school classes, performances of "Be careful with that! It's my whole life" will be offered on six mornings. After the performances the students are encouraged to visit the exhibition "Charlotte Salomon. Life? or Theatre?".

26 and 27 September 2007
24 and 25 October 2007
14 and 15 November 2007

Start: 10:30 a.m.
Duration: approx. 90 minutes, with a short introduction to Charlotte Salomon's biography
Price: 3 euros per student, including admission to the exhibition
Where: Jewish Museum Berlin, Old Building Level 2, Concert Hall, Lindenstrasse 9-14, 10969 Berlin

Due to the limited number of places, registration is required.

Contact: Nina Ritz
Telephone: +40 (0)30 259 93 322 or 259 93 305
E-mail: n.ritz@jmberlin.de

The Theaterhaus Mitte is showing two of Joanne Gläsel's performances in November 2007 too. Please find further information here: www.thbm.de

Mit einer Installation von Chantal Akerman. Vom 17. August bis 25. November 2007