The Broken Circle

22./23./24. May 2020

The Broken Circle

A bluegrass concert by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels

Direction: Anna Bergmann

Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in cooperation with Uppsala Stadsteater, Sweden

“The Broken Circle” tells the deeply moving story of Alabama, who runs a tattoo studio, and her husband Monroe, a stout atheist and banjo player in a bluegrass band. When their daughter Maybelle is diagnosed with leukemia, the unconventional couple struggles to come to terms with their overwhelming grief and pain. Music might be the only way to deal with their heartbreak.

Director Anna Bergmann stages this devastating tale as an electrifying mixture of country concert, family drama, performance art, video and puppetry. This eclectic musical event captures the entire range of human experience, from the gut-wrenching agony of loss to the little moments of happiness.

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The Broken Circle 02 Foto Felix Grünschloß
The Broken Circle 03 Foto Felix Grünschloß

„Anna Bergmann is not afraid of pathos, but with the use of very different aesthetic means, she ensures that there are refractions that prevent her from slipping into kitsch. This also applies to the expressive Frida Österberg, who, together with Jannek Petri, plays facets of a couple's life that leads to the very top and from there into the abyss. It goes without saying that both are excellent singers.“ Süddeutsche Zeitung

Reden mit Anna Bergmann: 23. Mai, 18:30 Uhr




Julia Giesbert, Frida Österberg, Jannek Petri

Live Band:

Nathan Bontrager, Clemens Rynkowski, David Rynkowski, Florian Rynkowski


Anna Bergmann

Stage design:

Katharina Faltner

Costume design:

Lane Schäfer

Sound and design

Heiko Schnurpel

Musical direction:

Clemens Rynkowski


Gregor Dashuber


Mats Öhlin


Anna Haas

Puppet design:

Peter Lutz


02 hours 00 minutes
no interval


From €27