Soul of Fire – She Fought for Peace

Soft Diplomacy

The play about Austrian pacifist Bertha von Suttner was shown on February 11, 2016 at 7 pm, at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi.

The theatre piece ‘Soul of fire - she fought for peace’ by Austrian actress Maxi Blaha participated in the National School of Drama’s 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival from February 1-21, 2016.

The play about Austrian pacifist Bertha von Suttner was shown on February 11, 2016 at 7 pm, at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi. The Austrian suffragette is the central figure of ‘Feuerseele - Sie kämpfte für den Frieden’, ‘Soul of fire - She fought for peace’.

As an avid pacifist, Bertha von Suttner was central to a worldwide peace movement. She fought nationalist fanaticism, militarism, anti-Semitism and recognised the dangers of hate breeding. She inspired her friend and benefactor Alfred Nobel to create a Peace Prize and was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for her most famous novel Lay Down your Arms.

In deliberately and chronologically chosen chapters, contrasts and episodes, the main concerns of Bertha von Suttner were beautifully portrayed by the well known Austrian actress Maxi Blaha.

The heroine’s life’s vicissitudes were presented in a moving, yet humorous manner through passionate humanitarian engagements and dramatic love-affairs. Suttner, a strong woman, openly and directly struggles with her basic being. She reveals her visions, her feelings and her misery. She shows the ups and down of her struggle with life. She does so unsparingly honest and hopefully idealistic.

The play puts the important political, psychological and emotional aspects of Suttner’s life into focus. Passages from Suttner’s book and literary text are subtly mingled.

A theatrical endeavour to disseminate the ideas of the great humanist to keep them alive, the play showcases the great visions and ideals of Bertha von Suttner that remained unresolved to this day and age.

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