The Brothers Karamazov

DURATION: I. part: 140 min / II. Part: 80 min Authors: Oliver Frljić and Nina Gojić, based on the novels by F. M. Dostoyevsky
DIRECTED BY: Oliver Frljić
Premieres: 26 February 2022 / 27 February 2022

I. part: All happy families are alike
2. part: Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way

After a nine-year hiatus (since his staging of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 2013), Oliver Frljić, the award-winning director with many productions abroad, returns to ZKM with a contemporary take on the Russian classic The Brothers Karamazov as a double play. If spectators choose to see only one performance they will get a rounded, yet partial story. Alternatively, they can come again to get a full view of the complex storylines of this novel, considered by many the most complete piece by Dostoevsky. Duality is best presented in the mirroring of certain characters and their relationships but also in stage and costume design choices and casting, as the same actors play several characters who complement each other. Even though stage adaptations made so far leave out the storyline about the relationship between brother Alyosha and boys from the lower social strata, Frljić gives it equal attention as to the main story about the brothers Karamazov and their father.


Creative Team

Theatrical adaptation: Oliver Frljić and Nina Gojić
Director: Oliver Frljić
Dramaturge: Nina Gojić
Stage design: Igor Pauška
Costume design: Zdravka Ivandija Kirigin
Stage movement: Dina Ekštajn
Music selection: Oliver Frljić
Light design: Marino Frankola
Assistant director: Aleksandar Švabić
Dramaturgy and stage movement assistant: Anna Javoran
Dramaturgy assistants: Karla Mesek, Antonela Tošić
Costume design assistants: Tina Spahija, Rea Janjić
Stage manager: Dina Ekštajn