MAXI BLAHA SPIELT EMILIE FLÖGE

EMILIE FLÖGE – GELIEBTE MUSE
In einem Theaterstück im Oberen Belvedere begibt sich Maxi Blaha auf die Spuren des It-Girls der Wiener Moderne, der Modepionierin und Geliebten Gustav Klimts: Emilie Flöge.
Schauspiel, Idee, Produktion: Maxi Blaha
Musik: Georg Buxhofer
Regie: Heidelinde Leutgöb
EMILIE FLÖGE – BELOVED MUSE
by Penny Black, 2018
for Maxi Blaha
on the centenary of the death of Gustav Klimt, 1918

REVIEWS
Maxi Blaha impresses in this elegant and passionate one-woman play! Blaha controls the material without falling into the trap of sentimentality…Blaha’s interpretation looks at the bigger picture, showing Flöge as an artist in her own right…(Canberra TIMES)
It’s an utterly elegant and passionate production of a piece that does not fall into the trap of trying to explain all. And Blaha carries the role and the clothes with a lovely humour and authority. It is very clear that Emilie Flöge was much more than Gustav Klimt’s muse. Blaha wears Flöge’s geometric black and white robes with enormous style and a superb period hairdo as she tells the story of her relationship with this man.(SYDNEY MORNING HERALD)
In this text written by Penny Black specifically for Maxi Blaha, Emilie Flöge wrestles with herself. She maintains she is an independent woman and successful fashion designer, which she was, and yet she still hangs lovingly onto Klimt the womaniser…. she is a business woman, a gesamtkunstwerk, an artist…The information value is just one aspect. As Flöge, Blaha is full of energy and bravura. Georg Buxhofer on bass accompanies her for the one-hour duration equally jauntily, sometimes joyously, sometimes sumptuously or sentimentally. ..The play cleverly mixes the external (both wars, the flight of her Jewish clientele following the Anschluss) and Flöge’s internal world. Heidelinde Leutgöb’s production does not superimpose any false pathos, it has wit, the right tempo, shifting moods. Bravo. (DER STANDARD)
Maxi Blaha, sparkling in the role of Klimt’s beloved. (KURIER)
…at the Savoy, a sardonic Maxi Blaha was inhabiting the psyche of Gustav Klimt’s partner, Emilie Floge, in Beloved Muse in front of a full house…(Otago Daily Times, New Zealand)
…Maxi Blaha reveals the many sides of this relationship. She cleverly changes the mood – from grievance to friendly memories and back again. In this way a series of sketches are created, you could call it a text collage, and it remains enthralling until the end. The idea came from Maxi Blaha, the text is by Penny Black. And not to forget Georg Buxhofer’s delicate accompaniment on the guitar. All in all, a harmonious evening.


New York: 12.7., 13.7.
Canberra, Australien: 10.-16.9.
Dunedin, Neuseeland: 21.-23.9.
Melbourne, Australien: 24.-26.9.
Zusatztermine Belvedere: 2.10., 16.10., 13.11., 15.11., 20.11., 27.11., 29.11., 4.12.
Villach: 6.11.
Halle/Saale (D): 30.11.
Paris: 6.12.
London: 23.-26.1.2019
März 2019: USA, Kanada
Mai/Juni 2019: Japan
Emilie Flöge (1874-1952), reformist fashion designer and one of the Flöge Sisters who ran a hugely successful fashion salon; she was also life companion to Gustav Klimt and an integral part of Vienna’s fin de siècle art movement. Those are the facts, but who was Emilie Flöge really? Beloved Muse re-imagines the part of Emilie’s life that she deliberately burnt, and rescues a radical and extraordinary woman from the ashes.

Maxi Blaha, an actress renouned for her sensitive portrayals of Austrian female icons (e.g. Bertha von Suttner, Elfriede Jelinek, Ingeborg Bachmann) in her acting utilizes original props initially owned by Flöge and Klimt, her musical partner on stage accompanies her on the E-Bass.

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ES GIBT MICH NUR IM SPIEGELBILD
Bachmann | Jelinek
Szenische Uraufführung mit Musik
„Hier wird kaum von einer Biographie die Rede sein, eine Biographie ist ein zu weiches Bett für die Werke der Bachmann, und ein solches Bett steht uns nicht zu.“ ELFRIEDE JELINEK
Reviews:

“I exist only in the reflection”: premiere rewarded with plenty of applause.
“Jelinek’s virtuously artful text converted into 55 minutes of intense stage delight.”
“The very amusing contrast between strenuous intellectual labour and quite “profane” household chores an the insatiable desire to lead a “normal” life…….
All that (and a lot more) Blaha concentrates with urgency and at the same time “playfully” under M. Gredler’s direction a double Portrait of two most exceptional Austrian writers intensively and well worth seeing.”
„Blaha performed the monologue with sovereignty and intensive stage presence”
“Not even an hour, and it is all over. One feels almost short taken.”

Maxi Blaha, actress
Born and raised in Vienna, Austria. Graduation at the University of performing Arts and the Schauspielschule Krauss in Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg Masterclasses. Member oft the Wiener Burgtheater Ensemble and many other well known theatres all over Germany and Austria. She has worked with renowned directors like Giorgio Strehler, Andre Heller, Achim Benning, Paulus Manker and played more than 50 main characters in theatre plays. (Goethe, Schiller, Jelinek, Shakespeare, Kleist, Bernhard…).
Maxi Blaha has released 7 Solo-CDs and toured with her jazz/literature programmes and solo plays all over Europe, USA, Australia, NZ, India, Iran, Japan.