Because this time Pandur has distanced himself so very markedly from Dante, and that his Purgatory serves the artist's and theatre's own self-analysis and purgation, Paradise is the surprise of the evening here. It was paradisiacal in concept and execution: a surreal little play full of fantastic beauty and bizarre poetry. Magritte, Ionesco and Lewis Carroll are the benignly smiling inspirations behind what was a thoroughly enjoyable fifty minutes. Definitely a highlight.
“Tagesspiegel”, 2002. Hamburg, Germany.
Thomas Schmauser gives a moving performance as Dante, who first sees when his eyes are sewn shut. Dietmar König is a pleasure and as a pagramtic Vergil propels with one last shove his fellow-bard into Paradise. Fritzi Haberlandt is fascinating as a Beatrice deep in reverie, as she stands there stock-still for minutes on end peering into eternity.
“Die Welt”, 2002. Berlin, Germany.
A complex set, an ensemble and music repeatedly able to strike up new artistic arrangements running the gamut from traditional sounds to chorales. Thoroughly deserving of the enthusiastic applause it received from the Hamburg audience.
Stern online, 2002. Hamburg, Germany.
Goran Bregovic is once again in charge of the music, again accompanied by the marvellously talented multi-instrumentalists Fritz Feger, Philip Hagen and Michael Verhovec. Their music finds voice in a cosmos of sounded grounded very much in South-East European world music, in which Balkan dances are accorded a place between chantlike melismata and even the muezzin’s call to prayer.
“Süddeutsche Zeitung”, 2002. München, Germany.
Pandur's interpretation of the mediaeval writings of Dante Alighieri was the Thalia’s big success of the last season. On February 22, 2002, Pandur resumed his journey first with Purgatorio, then with Paradiso. Once again the audience was treated to an evening of huge canvases, expansive feelings, while yet preserving Biblical simplicity and austerity. All in all, a resounding success for the 38-year-old director and the entire troupe — in particlar the music ensemble.
theaterkanal online, 2002. Germany.