Hoffnung Vakuum-Zeit Trauer (Hope Vacuum-Time Grief)
Lubna Abou Kheir & Ivna Žic
Now that the Federal Council has decided on more far-reaching opening steps and hopes are rising again for the end of the “vacuum period,” it is the right time to look back. In the spring of 2021, the Neumarkt invited Lubna Abou Kheir and Ivna Žic, with their fine feeling for languages, to feel and reflect on this state and this time: What does this stretching vacuum, which spans between mourning and hope, make of us, with us?
Both are connected to Neumarkt as collaborators: Syrian New-Zurich playwright Lubna Abou Kheir wrote in German for the first time in the 2019/20 season: the text of the stage play «Gebrochens Licht». She developed this in close exchange with the Zurich novelist, playwright and director Ivna Žic, who premiered the play in the same season. The piece also gave us the concept of “vacuum time” and addressed the state of “being in between” with unusual, poetic intensity. Little could we have known in November 2019 how familiar this feeling would become to us after more than a year with the virus. Read the text «Hoffnung Vakuum-Zeit Trauer».