Exhibition: Behind the Words – The Actress Gisela Stein

Glückliche Tage (Samuel Beckett) 25.1.1990, Münchner Kammerspiele Directed by Dieter Dorn Photo: Deutsches Theatermuseum München, © Oda Sternberg Gisela Stein as Winnie

May 28, 2017

A passionate interpret of the German stage

Gisela Stein (1934-2009) was the famous interpreter of many classical and modern roles on the greatest German stages such as the Staatliche Schauspielbühnen (Berlin) and, later, the Munich Kammerspiele and the Bavarian Staatsschauspiel (both in Munich). In Munich, she joined an incomparable working symbiosis with the director – and later intendant – Dieter Dorn and the members of his legendary ensemble – which included Helmut Griem, Rolf Boysen, Peter Lühr, Thomas Holtzmann and Cornelia Froboess.
This major actress used to delve into ancient and contemporary texts to offer new thoughts and images. This voluntary yet disciplined passion allowed her to achieve the unimaginable: following a serious car accident, the consequences of which engaged her in a lifelong health battle, she returned to the stage only one year later.
The exhibition conceived by the Deutsches TheaterMuseum evokes memories of this great interpreter of roles with a large number of photographs, costumes and cinematic production excerpts. Recollections of her artistic companions as well as Gisela Stein’s own observations in correspondence, diaries and interviews document in words and writing the life’s work of a personality which ultimately came to epitomize the acting profession.


Behind the Words – The actress Gisela Stein
An exhibition by Birgit Pargner
Until 15 October 2017
Deutsches Theatremuseum (Munich, DE)

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