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  • © Armin Smailović

  • © Armin Smailović

  • © Armin Smailović

Ein Fan aus Thüringen

Demjan Duran

Once upon a time there was a fan from Thuringia. He was enchanted by a famous tennis player from West Germany. But one day, a nasty, moaning opponent from Yugoslavia appeared on the scene…


In April 1993, a big fan of Steffi Graf stabbed the then world’s best tennis player, Monica Seles, in the back, on camera. “I just wanted to make her unable to play so that Steffi would be first again,” he says afterwards. His plan worked. Seles never finds her way back to her old strength, Graf becomes number one again and he is sentenced to two years probation. »Ein Fan aus Thüringen« tells the story of attack and his protagonist in the context of the global political events in the early 1990s. Caught in fairy tale structures and media red threads, Sophie Hutter and Werner Eng seek ways out of the narratives of good and evil, East and West, perpetrator and victim.


In his work as a director Demjan Duran deals with his country of birth, Yugoslavia. By researching the past, he digs out themes into and for today, and places them in an overall social context. »Ein Fan aus Thüringen« is his first piece in Berlin.


  • Dec 08, 2022
Past Dates
  • Dec 08, 2022
  • Dec 10, 2022
  • Dec 11, 2022


15 | 10 Euros
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60 minutes




Sophie Hutter, Werner Eng

Concept, direction , text

Demjan Duran

Concept, dramaturgy, text

Nicholas Zöckler


Mila Mazić

Stage construction

Brian Cacciavillani


Melina Poppe


Misha Cvijović


Fabian Gerhardt


Mark James

Technical direction, Light design

Fabian Eichner

Tennis consulting

Jannik Schneider

Artistic collaboration

Crescencia Jiménez


Eunjin Yoo

A production by Demjan Duran in Cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART and by Richard Stury Stiftung Munic.