The Idea:

The primary aim of this trinational project is to search for the roots of our common European civilization. Recollecting the French Revolution, which started the contemporary, European liberation and civil movement and its motto „liberty, equality, brotherhood” we look for the answer  in which cultural sphere the European unity and solidarity can be found. What the impulses that unite Europe are. 


The drama: Danton´s death


Danton's Death (Dantons Tod) was the first play written by Georg Büchner in 1835, set during the French Revolution.

The play follows the story of Georges Danton, a leader of the French Revolution, during the lull between the first and second terrors. Georges Danton created the office of the Revolutionary Tribunal as a strong arm for the Revolutionary Government. With this, to be accused of anything real or imagined was to be condemned to death without trial, proofs, evidence or witnesses. Within months he knew this power was a terrible mistake and fought to have it ended.

Robespierre stopped him and used the Tribunal to have Danton and all opposition killed, consolidate his power and slaughter uncounted thousands of French men, women, and children. Ultimately he followed Danton to the guillotine. Witnesses describe Danton as dying bravely comforting other innocents executed with him.

The author: Georg Büchner


Karl Georg Büchner (17 October 1813 – 19 February 1837) was a German dramatist and writer of poetry and prose. Born in the small hessian village of Goddelau, he was the brother of physician and philosopher Ludwig Büchner, and his literary achievements are generally held in great esteem in Germany. It is widely believed that, but for his early death, he might have joined such central German literary figures as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller at the summit of their profession.

Buchner's special quality, and that which makes him seem more contemporary than almost anything written today, is his total, uncompromising honesty of emotion and intellect.

In 2013, the Hessian Ministery of Science & Culture celebrates the 200th birthday of Georg Büchner.

On this very day, the 17th october 2013, the premiere of our project will take place in the "Büchner-Saal" Groß-Gerau, the parliament of his home region.

The french team: Théâtr’Action Bordeaux


The Association was created in 1993 by the German director Jürgen Genuit.

Théâtr’action tackles the issue of communication within our society, its main concern is our relationship with one another.

How can we cross the barriers of language, speech or thoughts in order to meet the other within his/her difference.

Théâtr’action, which spreads German or French texts written by German authors, wishes to be a dynamic cultural association as well as a creator of artistic projects both daring and demanding.

The german team: BüchnerBühne Riedstadt


BüchnerBühne Riedstadt was founded in 2008 by actor & director Christian Suhr in Goddelau, the birthplace of its name giver Georg Büchner.

With a repertoire of 22 plays, an increasing social network with a variety of cultural, educational and political institutions, all activities of the theatre are shaped by the self-conception of serving as a laboratory of social fantasies for the community:

How do we live together?

How will we, did we, should we …

Which values are we willing to share?

Based on Georg Büchner´s image of humanity, the theatre works offer their stage as a virtual room for social researches, only limited by our fantasies...

The polish team: TBP (Teatr Biuro Podróży) Poznań


TBP was founded in 1988 in Poznan, Poland, by Paweł Szkotak, the director. 

For over 20 years of artistic development, the theatre has developed its own methodology of work on a performance and a unique style.

The intention was, and still remains today, to create new modes of expression, to explore and extend the possibilities of theatrical art. TBP also strives to increase our awareness of the life of different communities. Its mission has always been to reach out to new audiences (especially those who, because of their underprivileged social and political background, would normally not have access to artistic events). With this particular aim in mind, TBP created numerous open-air performances. They aim to create links between artists and artistic organisations, and provide training opportunities for people wherever possible.


© 2013 LEB – A memory of europe / idea, concept & administration by BüchnerBühne Riedstadt