Yasnaya Polyana Tolstoy’s Grave © SiefkinDR

the death of ivan ilyich


This performance takes Leo Tolstoy’s novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich as a departure point. Tolstoy described it as “a direct face-to-face encounter with death”. For this transposition to performance, the title of the novel is taken literally: spectators assemble to witness the death of Ivan Ilyich. But here Ivan Ilyich is not a middle-aged man working as a high-court judge in late 19th century Saint Petersburg. Here Ivan Ilyich becomes the principle of life itself.

I am currently working on The Death of Ivan Ilyich with the dancers Sonia Si Ahmed and Ezra Fieremans and the dramaturg Clara Cucchi. The performance has been commissioned by Wunder der Prärie: Care City Festival at Zeitraumexit Mannheim, where it will premiere on October 8th, 2021.  

concept & direction
david weber-krebs
sonia si ahmed and ezra fieremans
lighting design
martin kaffarnik
clara cucchi
commissioned by
festival wunder der prärie: care city in mannheim
thanks to