Do you know the Mahabharata?

The tremendous Epic poem ist the most important dramatical and spiritual work of India.
Bloody like Shakespeares Dramas. Philosophical like the Faust of Goethe.
Fantastic like the Odyssee and also a religious work like for example the Bible.
Only much older.
It is written in Sanskrit and it is a very long story with lots and lots of characters.
The actors are playing it in German language.
In 99 minutes.
In twos.

MAHABHARATA 2015 | A. Lipgens, V. Payer-Kumar

MAHABHARATA 2015 | A. Lipgens, V. Payer-Kumar

The Mahabharata is basically telling the story of a fight for power between two mighty royal families in ancient India, who are related to each other as well.

MAHABHARATA 2015 | A. Lipgens, V. Payer-Kumar

MAHABHARATA 2015 | A. Lipgens, V. Payer-Kumar

On the one hand, there are the  100 „Kauravas“.
On the other hand, there are their cousins, the 5 „Pandavas“.
Though only 5,  these  brothers are the most famous heroes of their time and personal friends of an incarnation of God, Krishna, too.

Each of them embodies a certain human virtue: Truthfullness, Courage, Strength, Wisdom and Beauty. All of them are married to the Queen Draupadi, born of fire, who plays a catalytic role in this Drama of Love, Friendship, War and Urge for the true self.

The Mahabharata leads us from the roots of the conflict in the family with all her fascinating members and life-stories, to a period of happiness and fulfillment in the life of the protagonists, up to the great and horrendous betrayal and humiliation in the game of dice.  The story culminates in the famous „Bhagavad Gita“, the essential spiritual discussion between God and man in the moment of decision,  and finally leads into  the outbreak of war.

Will the earth ever come to peace again …?

Vanessa Payer Kumar –
Anselm Lipgens –

Stage Director:
Anselm Lipgens

Music, Sound Design:
Emanuel Schulz –

Mahabharata Photos:
Petra Schmidt –


FEB 04, 2017 OdeÏon Kulturforum Salzburg
FEB 24, 2016 Stadttheater Leoben
APR 7, 2016 Kulturszene Kottingbrunn
JUL 28, 2016 Culture of the Spirit Festival, IT
SEP 15, 2016 Heunburgtheater Haimburg
OCT 18, 2016 TaO! Theater am Ortweinplatz Graz
OCT 20, 2016 Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Wien
MAR 3, 2015  20.00 Freies Theater Innsbruck
MAR 4, 2015  20.00 Freies Theater Innsbruck
APR 16, 2015  19.30 Dschungel Wien
APR 17, 2015  morning & 19.30 Dschungel Wien
APR 18, 2015  19.30 Dschungel Wien
APR 23, 2015 Tribüne Linz
NOV 10, 2015 Graz
NOV 11, 2015 Graz
NOV 12, 2015 Klagenfurter Ensemble
NOV 13, 2015 Klagenfurter Ensemble
NOV 14, 2015 Klagenfurter Ensemble

//  Read the interview with Vanessa Payer Kumar in “YOGAZEIT” !

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