John Gabriel Borkman

4th part of the Ibsen-saga

John Gabriel Borkman (2011) is a theatre production by Vegard Vinge, Ida Müller and Trond Reinholdtsen. John Gabriel Borkman is the fourth part of their Ibsen saga.

Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller collaborated in shaping the concept, stage design and direction.

The first three productions in the series were A Doll's House (2006), Ghosts (2007) and The Wild Duck (2010).


(Objekt ID 24264)
Object type Production
Premiere October 27, 2011
Produced by ,
In collaboration with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Based on John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Adults
Number of events 25
Language German
Keywords Theatre, Puppetry, Masked Theatre, Musical theatre, Tragedy, Ambient theatre, Durational performance, Physical theatre, Installation, Metatheatre, Post-dramatic theatre, Political Theatre, Multimedia
Running period October 27, 2011  —  May 19, 2012
Website Volksbühne , Theatertreffen

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

Supported by Arts Council Norway and Nordwind Plattform und Festival.

Festivals (1)
Theatertreffen May 5, 2012
Press coverage

Jana Perkovic, true chaos: theatre at the limits, Real Time issue #110 aug-sept 2012 [Australia],

"[...] a work of such admirable excess and courage that this review will now devote itself to it entirely. All of Berlin tried to get a ticket for what Twitter termed '9/11 of theatre - there is no way back'. Borkman was unlike anything I expect to see again soon, and its singularity more than made up for the homogeneity of the rest of Theatertreffen. [...] What I had until now only read about - theatre as communion - came to life, surprisingly, serendipitously, as Borkman used every technique of durational performance, but barred the audience from the usual cool, detached comforts of such performances: the right to stand, walk around, leave. [...] Borkman is by far the most exciting theatre work of the year."