A story of violence and family conflicts that is both a thriller and a fairy tale

15 january 2020

About two years ago, theatre-goers at the Arriaga marvelled at Incendios (Incendies), a play by Lebanese-Canadian writer Wajdi Mouawad. Now, Mouawad’s Vögel is coming from Germany, in a production in Germany, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles in Spanish and Basque. Vögel is both a thriller and a modern fairy tale. With the force of an ancient tragedy, Mouawad tells a story of violence, individual destinies and family conflicts against the backdrop of the Middle East conflict.

In the reading room of a university library in New York, Eitan, a young biogeneticist from Berlin, falls in love with Wahida. When he introduces his new girlfriend to his parents and his grandfather, a survivor of the Shoah, it causes a scandal. Wahida is Arab and unacceptable to Eitan’s father. In search of his family’s roots, Eitan travels to Israel with Wahida. Here, Wahida becomes aware of her long-denied Arab identity. And Eitan learns from his grandmother a well-kept family secret.

Show in German, Hebrew and Arabic, with subtitles in Spanish and Basque

The team

Author: Wajdi Mouawad

Director: Burkhard C. Kosminski

Performers: Amina Merai, Martin Bruchmann, Itay Tiran, Silke Bodenbender, and others

Set design: Florian Etti

Costume design: Ute Lindenberg

Music: Hans Platzgumer

Lighting design: Felix Dreyer

Dramaturgy: Ingoh Brux


Show in German, Hebrew and Arabic, with subtitles in Spanish and Basque


7:30 pm


from €9,50 to €25 /discounts

Friends of the Arriaga: 25% to 35% off
Groups, youths, 65+ seniors, unemployed, large families, persons with at least 33% degree of disability: 25% off
Theatre professionals: 25% off
Last-minute discount (for all categories mentioned above, save for Friends of the Arriaga): 50% off
Last-minute discount for Young Friends of the Arriaga: 70% off
Disabled persons in a wheelchair: 50% off (proscenium box with one companion)


3 hours 30 min. /interval