Eva Mattes ist Liv Stein at Elisabethkirche

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Photos: Katja Bilo

Thursday we visited the sold out premiere of Eva Mattes ist Liv Stein at Elisabethkirche in Berlin-Mitte, the biggest of the four Berlin suburbian churches, that Karl Friedrich Schinkel built in the 1830ies. When we entered the huge cathedral, we were attracted by the shiny black C. Bechstein grand piano – the family of Berlins famous piano builder is buried at Sophien II, the graveyard between Acker- and Bergstraße. Talking about death: This is what the piece – written by the young Georgian novelist Nina Haratischwili – is about. Liv Stein, played by gorgeous Eva Mattes is an aging pianist, that falls into deep depression after her son Henri dies from cancer. Not her exhusband Emil (Stephan Szasz), nor her manager Simone (Maryam El-Ghussein) can help her to get back into life. But then Lore (Anja Bourdais) manages to become Livs private student. Their deal is: Liv teaches Lore how to play piano, while Lore tells Liv stories about Henri, whom she had an affair with at boarding school. From now on Livs house is filled with coca cola, confessions, dramatic dialogues and wild parties. Exzessivly the crowd, including Emils new spouse Helene (Sandrine Guiraud) lives for and with the music, and Livs triumphant return to the stage ends with a fantastic piano duet with Lore.  All could have ended happy, but the finale turns into another drama... Director Frank Alva Buecheler contrasts the emotional piece with concert passages from Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Schubert, performed live by  the Georgian star pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili and congenious Darya Dadykina. Go see and hear it and buy your drinks and tickets one hour before the opening right in front of the church.

Eva Matthes ist Liv Stein at Elisabethkirche, Invalidenstraße 3, D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
Every night at 8pm until the 28th of May, the last day you also have a matinee at 4pm
www.livstein.com, www.reservix.de