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Music Theater/Performance

«Das irdische Leben» frei nach Gustav Mahler

Thom Luz & Ensemble

«Symphony just means to me: Building a world with all the means at one's disposal - or several worlds that are in conflict with each other...» noted Gustav Mahler in 1903. In Thom Luz's opening production, the world is also rebuilt with simple means: Four people are stranded in an empty room and can no longer escape from it – except perhaps by singing. So, singing, they plan their escape – or their remaining trapped. From spotlights, loudspeakers, exhausted androids, lost pianos and the presence and absence of an ensemble singing and making music, surprising changes of perspective emerge on supposedly familiar musical material. A short world history in sounds. A mixed canon for three ruin builders and a noise cellist, torn between superhuman jubilation and world-embracing sadness, in which Mahler's musical cosmos can be mirrored anew as well as the connection between world weariness and optimism of change.

The evening is divided into three parts:

  1. the world before man
  2. the people
  3. the world after the people.

And as in real life, there is no break.

This opens up an associative space about the life of the earth and its strange inhabitants, between musical Robinsonade and abysmal Beckett waiting room.



Mara Miribung, Daniele Pintaudi, Samuel Streiff, Mathias Weibel (On the Stage); Thom Luz (Concept, Staging, Space); Mathias Weibel (Musical direction); Tina Bleuler (Costume design); Martin Hofstetter (Sound design); Jens Seiler (Technical direction/lighting design); Stephan Müller (Dramaturgical advice); Ramun Bernetta (Cpmmunication); Gabi Bernetta (Production management/diffusion); Thom Luz und Bernetta Theaterproduktionen (Production); Gare du Nord Basel (Coproduction)


On 20.10. the performance will be followed by a Pot au feu at the Bar du Nord.

Contrary to our announcement, there will be no introduction. For all those who would like to learn more about the production and its creation, we recommend our pot au feu, which will take place on 20.10. after the performance and at which the contributors will chat with Désirée Meiser over soup and drinks.


90 minutes, no break


New Pricing Policy

With the start of the season 22/23, a new pricing policy will apply at Gare du Nord.
Guests can now choose their own admission price between three different price levels.
CHF 35.- / 25.- / 15.-


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Students of the Academy of Music FHNW and of the Seminar of Music of the University Basle will still enjoy an entry fee of CHF 5.-.
Colourkey holders and children under 12 years will pay CHF 10.-

Season tickets

Prices freely selectable CHF 350.- / 250.- / 150.-
The season tickets include almost all events of the season 22/23.

Benefits of a season ticket: You can collect your ticket at the evening door and do not need a reservation. The seats for holders of season tickets will be blocked up to 15 minutes prior to showtime.

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