Event Cancelled

Due to the current situation, all events at the Pierre Boulez Saal  through July 31, 2020 have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Any tickets already purchased may be returned.

Details on how to return tickets can be found here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the hall soon.


Ofira Henig

Adaptation, Editing and Director

Khalifa Natour

Dramaturgy and Translation

Kinan Azmeh


Ashraf Hanna

Visual Concept

Ramy Al-Asheq


Annie Atedgy-Yellin

Costume Design

Saleh Bakri


Carlos Gharzuzi


Maya Omaia Keesh


Anan Abu Jabir


Rawan Mansour


Morad Abu El Hija


Miriam Damm

Lighting Design

Muaz Aljubeh


Approximate running time: 1h 30m without intermission

Director Ofira Henig—most recently seen in Berlin with her productions The Bees’ Road and KIND OF at the Schaubühne’s Internationale Neue Dramatik Festival—and actor-dramaturg Khalifa Natour have developed a new piece for the Pierre Boulez Saal that blurs the boundaries between theater, music, and poetry and between different cultures. The Queen Commanded Him to Forget is based on a novel by Lebanese writer Elias Khoury and also draws inspiration from Brecht’s Mother Courage, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, and the tale of Hansel and Gretel. At the center of the story is the character of Umm Hasan, who will do anything to protect her children in times of war. The piece explores the role of literature as a preserver of memory and as part of a process that eternalizes forgetting.

In Arabic with German and English surtitles

Supported by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Interview with Saleh Bakri & Carlos Gharzuzi

Ofira Henig on her new project