The official illustrated Special Edition book of the Passion Play 2022 in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau. This book documents Christian Stückl’s new production of the world-famous Passion Play with set designs, costumes and tableaux vivants by Stefan Hageneier. It is the third Passion Play production that the two Oberammergau-born artists have staged together, one that sees them forging a connection with the present day, highlighting the pressing issues of asylum and integration. The rehearsals are captured by Icelandic cinematographer Birgit Gudjonsdottir, and her moving and richly detailed photographs reveal the enormous energy and emotional force of this unique event.
About the Author
Christian Stückl was born in the German village of Oberammergau and grew up in the family’s guest house. He became absorbed in the Passion Play from an early age, and joined a group of villagers determined to reform the text and staging in order to project the Play to a changing world, and rid it from associations with anti-Semitism. Stefan Hageneier was born in Oberammergau and trained as a woodcarver. He was brought to the Munich Kammerspiele in 1991 as an assistant and became a skilled set and costume designer, including at the Bavarian State Theatre. Since 2011 he has been Professor of stage and costume design at the art academy Berlin Weissensee. He has collaborated with Christian Stückl for many years, and is the Designer for the third time at the Passion Play 2022.