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Cry Me A River

a solo-climate-summit

 20 minute excerpt of the full show (50min) . Performed at European Forum Alpbach, 2018
For a full version of the show please scroll down.

Everything is so much more complicated than you think.

There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make.

At some point I began to cry. And that went on for many months. 

Because how do you refreeze the ice up there? It just can’t be done. 


Cry Me A River is a solo about inner and outer climate catastrophes. Walking the thin ice between the personal and the political, the piece deals with the complexity of climate change communication and it’s rhetorics. Playing with the monologue-format it focuses in on the multiplicity of talking heads, voices and opinions buzzing around this topic. Emotions of fear, anger, hope and despair, strongly connected with visions of a changing climate are whenever necessary chemically reproduced or bio-engineered.


Concept/Performance: Anna Mendelssohn, Artistic Collaboration: Yosi Wanunu, 

Music Composition: Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Light Design: Jan Maertens

Premiere at Tanzquartier Wien in 2010

In co-operation with: Tanzquartier Wien,supported by:the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna and bm:ukk, with the support of:PACT Zollverein (Essen), 

thanks to: toxic dreams


Jurypreis und Koproduktionspreis beim ARENA Festival, 2010, Erlangen, Deutschland

Dietmar N. Schmidt Preis für eine herausragende künstlerische Einzelleistung beim Theaterfestival IMPULSE, NRW, 2011

Cry Me A River has toured extensively since 2010 at POT Festival Tallinn, Theaterfestival IMPULSE, Internationals Sommerfestival Kampnagel, International Kerze Rotterdam, eXplore Festival Bukarest, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, STUK Kunstencentrum, Judson Church and Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Cafe Teatret Copenhagen, Kaaitheater Brussels, Villa Sträuli Winterthur, iDanse Festival Istanbul, Save The World Festival Bonn, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Forum Alpbach Austria, Kunstfestspiele Hannover and many more

Cry Me A River Full Version, Premiere, Tanzquartier Wien, 2010

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