“Qualtinger liest Qualtinger. Die rot-weiss-rote Rasse” with Vera Borek & Thomas Kaufmann
Helmut Qualtinger, together with Carl Merz and Gerhard Bronner, was responsible for the legendary satirical cabaret programs of the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1961 he ended his career as a cabaret performer and began to play serious roles in the theater. In the same year “Herr Karl” was shown for the first time in ORF. The sketch by the team of Merz and Qualtinger caused a scandal on account of its all too credible and provocative depiction of an average citizen getting by in the Nazi era by means of self-justifying opportunism. In subsequent years Qualtinger performed at theaters in Germany and went on tour with texts as diverse as those written by Karl Kraus and Adolf Hitler in “Mein Kampf.” He also published his first satires.
One of these collections of satires is “Die rot-weiss-rote Rasse,” published in 1979. It describes typical Viennese figures, many of whom will be familiar to all of us and have lost nothing of their absurd originality today.
Helmut Qualtinger’s widow Vera Borek will read from the collection, accompanied by Thomas Kaufmann on the saxophone. Vera Borek was a permanent member of the Volkstheater troupe in Vienna from the 1976–77 season until her retirement in 2005. She still makes guest appearances there today. She was married to Qualtinger from 1982 until his death in 1986.
An event as part of the exhibition “All MESHUGGE? Jewish Wit and Humour”.
Free admission from 6.15 pm