Journey into the Brothers' Grimm World Started in Chicago
"Manntje, Manntje, Timpe Te,
Buttje, Buttje, in de See,
meene Fruu, de Isabill,
die will nicht so as ick wohl will."
"O man of the sea!
Hearken to me!
My wife Isabill
Will have her own will
And hath sent me to beg a boon from thee!"
Brothers Grimm - The fisherman and his wife
Enlarge image Katharina Ritter (© Germany.info/chicago) It was not a fisherman in a yellow coat who asked a fish for help but rather Katharina Ritter with her wonderful talent for performing fairy tales, and in this case „The fisherman and his wife“. Katharina Ritter took her audience on a journey into a world of eerie fellows, cursed princes and a speaking bratwurst, admired for its chef's skills. By her vivid gestures and facial expressions the most diverse of characters came alive. The story teller retold the fairy tales as they were told two hundred years ago: she did not recite them verbatim, but rather told them with her own interjections and personal interpretations. She gave the participants, who attended the event yesterday evening at the Goethe Institute in Chicago, a wide-ranging selection of the Brothers Grimm collected works – from funny anecdotes to stirring dramas.
Enlarge image Katharina Ritter (© Germany.info/chicago) Katharina Ritter is one of the „Sisters Grimm“ who have recorded all of the 200 stories published by the Brothers Grimm on one audio-DVD. In the year of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Grimms` Fairy Tales she is touring the United States and Canada with her live program „GANZ GRIMM“ („Totally Grimm“).
After the event the head of the language department, Dr. Katja Fullard, pointed to the „Fairy Tale Worlds“ exhibition which will run from March 28 to April 21, 2012. This exhibition will be found on this Consulate's event calendar shortly.