by Werner Buhss based on motifs from the novel “The Tartar Steppe” by Dino Buzzati

Prison theatre in the JVA Plötzensee


24th, 27th, 28th and 31st May and 3rd, 4th and 6th June 2019 at 6.00 pm


The young officer Giovanni Drogo wants to prove himself in a remote fortress in the outermost borderlands at the edge of an inhospitable desert. From there, so the rumour goes, the hostile Tartars could invade. Drogo dreams of becoming a hero in a battle that decides everything. Yet gradually he realises that it’s not the existence of an enemy that’s keeping him in the fortress, but rather the fortress itself.

Beneath the rhetoric of heroic courage, patriotism and the willingness to sacrifice oneself, there is a code that only reveals itself to Drogo after a while. Out of loyalty to his comrades, he sticks it out in physical and mental solitude, where even the most banal occurrence gains significance. However, eventually he must face a decision that makes it impossible to uphold friendship and military honour.


Waiting all these years. And not knowing what for.


An aufBruch KUNST GEFÄNGNIS STADT production in cooperation with the JVA Plötzensee



Performed by the aufBruch prisoner ensemble in the JVA Plötzensee:
Abbas Tarara, André Stiller, Enis, Fadie Al-Zein Marmela, Gadzhimurad Khanov, Imad El Khalaf, Josef, Nehad Fandi, Philipp K., Salim, Zvonko Zone



Director Peter Atanassow Stage designer Holger Syrbe Costume designer Melanie Kanior Music coach Vsevolod Silkin Video Pascal Rehnolt Productionmanager Sibylle Arndt Assistant director Franziska Kuhn Artistic and technical support Lukas Maser Graphic design Alexander Atanassow



Tickets: 15 € / 10 € (discounted)


Tickets on sale from:  15th May 2019



Funded by a grant from the Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination
Supported by the JVA Plötzensee, JVA Tegel, JSA Berlin, Volksbühne Berlin


Photos: Copyright Thomas Aurin.

Photos may only be used with prior permission from aufBruch / Thomas Aurin

Performance venue:
JVA Plötzensee / Kultursaal
Friedrich-Olbricht-Damm 17
13627 Berlin

S-Bahn 41/42 Beusselstraße,
Bus 106 & 123 Seestraße/Beusselstraße

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