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John Malkovich
John Malkovich © Lalo Jodlbauer
Sophie von Kessel
Sophie von Kessel © Renate Neder
Michael Sturminger
Michael Sturminger © Teresa Zötl
Martin Haselböck
Martin Haselböck © Meinrad Hofer

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal
Thu, 9 Mar 2017   15:00

John Malkovich: Just Call Me God / Extra Performance

A World Premiere

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From the dawn of time to the present age: time and again there have been rulers praised as superhuman, all-powerful or even divine. How do they achieve this status? Why do people allow this to happen? And just how gullible and corruptible are we? A world premiere featuring Hollywood star John Malkovich.

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John Malkovich act

Sophie von Kessel act

Martin Haselböck organ

Franz Danksagmüller live electronics

Errol T. Harewood Schauspiel

Felix Dennhardt act

Josef Rabitsch act

Valentin Ledebur act

Renate Martin stage / costume design

Andreas Donhauser stage / costume design

Martin Haselböck concept and musical director

Michael Sturminger text, direction


Just Call Me God: A dictator's final speech / Weltpremiere / Ein Auftrag der Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (Libretto: Michael Sturminger)

Szenische Produktion in englischer Sprache

Mit Auszügen aus:

Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata und Fuge d-Moll BWV 565

Richard Wagner
Der Ritt der Walküren

Johann Sebastian Bach
Alle Menschen müssen sterben BWV 643

Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt
Variationen über »Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen« S 180

Martin Haselböck
A whiter Air

The Grand Anthem

Martin Haselböck, Franz Danksagmüller
Sound Collage

Grand Organ Macabre Harmonica

Bigger Than Life! / Grand Organ Improvisation / Psychocratic Barground Improvisation

Grand Organ Cacophonia

The Final Waltz

Estimated end time: 16:45

Promoter: HamburgMusik gGmbH

Commissioned by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Supported by the Stiftung Elbphilharmonie.

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Enjoy the View


Between the old Kaispeicher and the new glass structure is the Plaza, a public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie. Tickets for concerts in the Grand and Recital Halls include a visit to the Plaza two hours before the start of the concert or event; all other visitors require a Plaza ticket.

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Elbphilharmonie / Foyer Großer Saal

A Diverse Cuisine

Food & Drink

A total of six bars in the Grand Hall and Recital Hall foyers offer concertgoers a varied cuisine before the start of events and in the intervals. Restaurants, cafés, delis and further bars await visitors in the »Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie« and in »The Westin Hamburg« Hotel.

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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Großer Saal

Heart of the Elbphilharmonie: the Grand Hall seats 2,000 guests in the »vineyard« style. The stage for artists and orchestras is situated at the centre of the concert hall and is surrounded by terraced seating.

  • Finding Your Seat

    All visitors enter the building via the main entrance. Admission takes place in the entrance foyer and is by concert ticket only. The »Tube«, an 82-metre-long, curved escalator, leads visitors up to the Plaza following admission.

    From the Plaza, access to the concert foyers is via stairs and lifts. The main cloakroom is situated on the 11th floor and the hall entrances are on floors 12, 13, 15 and 16. Please follow signs to the area in which your designated seat is located, as indicated on your ticket.

  • Seat Preview

    Are you curious to find out what kind of view of the stage different seats have? To help select your favourite seat, use your mouse to activate the representative seat views.

  • Getting Here

    Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
    Platz der Deutschen Einheit
    20457 Hamburg

    The Elbphilharmonie can be easily reached by bus, underground, bicycle and ferry.

    Underground line U3: Baumwall (approx. 450 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
    Underground line U4: Überseequartier (approx. 950 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
    Bus 111: Am Kaiserkai (Elbphilharmonie) (approx. 150 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

    City bicycle (Stadtrad) stations: Am Baumwall and Am Kaiserkai / Großer Grasbrook
    There are sufficient bicycle stands available in front of the Elbphilharmonie.

    Ferry 72 (from Landungsbrücken pier): »Elbphilharmonie« pier

  • Parking

    There is limited parking available in the Elbphilharmonie and the HafenCity.

    »Elbphilharmonie« multistorey carpark (open 24 hours a day, 433 parking spaces):
    Parking charge per hour: €4.50
    Daily rate: €50.00
    Please note that visitors to the Elbphilharmonie should use the entrance marked »Elbphilharmonie«. The entrance »Elbphilharmonie Hotel« is reserved for »The Westin Hamburg« hotel guests and the charge is €5.00 per hour.

    Multistorey carpark »Speicherstadt«: Am Sandtorkai 6, 20457 Hamburg (722 parking spaces, approx. 750 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

    Überseequartier underground carpark: Überseeallee 3, 20457 Hamburg (420 parking spaces, approx. 850 m from the Elbphilharmonie)

  • Accessibility

    All halls and spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities. More information at www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/accessibility.

  • Arrival Time

    The Elbphilharmonie is a special building situated in a special place. Allow for plenty of time for getting to the Elbphilharmonie and the way to the concert area. We suggest first-time Elbphilharmonie visitors arrive at the main entrance 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event. Please note that it may not be possible to accommodate latecomers.

    Concert tickets for the Grand and Recital Halls authorise a visit to the Plaza from two hours before the start of the concert or event. Visitors to the Kaistudios require a separate Plaza ticket to visit the Plaza.

    The foyers of the Grand and Recital Halls open their doors 90 minutes before the start of the concert or event. The bars in each foyer open simultaneously.

    Admission into the halls begins 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event.

  • Smoking Ban

    Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire premises of the Elbphilharmonie.

  • Photography and Video Recordings

    Photography is permitted at the Elbphilharmonie for private purposes only. Please respect the privacy of other visitors and help ensure an undisturbed concert experience for all guests and artists. Employees and artists may not be photographed.

    Photography, audio or video recordings of concerts and events are strictly prohibited.

    Event-related video recordings or photographs for editorial or commercial purposes must be authorised by the Press Office of the Elbphilharmonie.

Grand Hall
Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal © Michael Zapf

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