On 3 October 2009 Michael Ende’s Momo can celebrate a lavishly produced premiere at the Berlin music theatre ATZE. ATZE, one of Berlin’s biggest theatres for children and young people, opens its new season with the musical adaptation of the fairytale novel. Directed by Herman Vinck, Momo will once more face up to the Grey Gentlemen, this time with the aid of music: Songs, a choir and a little orchestra give a musical face to the heroes and their antagonists.
Now Michael Ende’s audio books and radio plays are also available for download from the iTunes Store. Apple has even dedicated an own author’s page to him. More information you can find using the following link (opens iTunes):
Long have the fans been waiting for it: now Die unendliche Geschichte: Das Phantásien-Lexikon (The Neverending Story: The Phantásia Encyclopedia) by Roman and Patrick Hocke, illustrated by Claudia Seeger, has been published by Thienemann Verlag. FAZ-reviewer Julia Voss is full of praise: “With their entertaining encyclopaedia, Roman and Patrick Hocke have made a start. Since quite a while we have reference books available for Tolkien’s work, listing and explaining his motives and plots.
The original edition of Die unendlichen Geschichte with the illustrations of Roswitha Quadflieg has been published in a new paperback edition at Piper Verlag. All copies worn by love can now, therefore, soon be replaced by freshly printed ones!
What have Michael Ende and Charles Darwin in common? An island with two hills within the deep blue sea? Not bad at all. Because Darwin had indeed a little black boy as his companion on his research journeys to the Galapagos islands. His name was Jeremy Button, in German Jim Button. In her article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung from 16 December 2008, Julia Voss shows fascinating parallels that make the scales fall from our eyes.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Michael Ende’s birthplace, celebrates the writer in 2009 with a great programme of events. After all, 2009 would not only be the 80th birthday of Michael Ende, also his masterpiece Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) is now 30 years old! Readings, exhibitions, theatre performances and a celebration on Ende’s birthday, on 12 November, tempt all to visit the holiday and spa resort at the foot of Mount Zugspitze.
Eagerly anticipated from September 2009 to January 2010 the exhibition “Michael Ende and Italy” will be shown in the Casa di Goethe in Rome. The exhibition is one of numerous events in the fields of book and theatre that have been planned in order to celebrate the double anniversary of 2009: Michael Ende would celebrate his 80th birthday this year, and, Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) will be 30!
The exhibition “Michael Ende. Magische Welten” (Magic Worlds), which can currently still be seen at the Deutsches Theatermuseum Munich, will move on to the Filmmuseum Potsdam on 21 February. Young and old fans will meet old friends such as Momo, Atréju and Jim Button - all hands on and close to touch.
During his lifetime he collected plenty of prizes and awards, but now Michael Ende has another one to add to his name: Under the direction of AVA International the Deutsches Theatermuseum Munich shows currently the exhibition “Michael Ende. Magische Welten” (Magical Worlds). The presentation about Ende’s life and work is dedicated first and foremost to a lesser-known aspect: to the renowned writer’s work in the fields of theatre and film. All the more the responsible curators are happy to hear that the exhibition has been awarded the tz-Rose of the week by the Munich daily paper tz. “What the Theatermuseum has arranged over three floors are live-in books, a novel that can be entered, a virtual stage for all senses: seeing, listening and touching, everything is allowed, and the subjects of the books will even be used as a base for arts, crafts and games. […] At its centre is the visual experience, which is created according to the realm of Phantásia”, writes tz.