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The Royal Train
She is the “Custodian of the Crown” of a bygone monarchy: Princess Margareta of Romania. Lobbying for a constitutional recognition of her family’s former royal status she has been pursuing a grand, sometimes funny and mostly deadly serious protocol. The main feature in her endeavours is the “Royal Train”, an annual train journey through the far-flung regions of Romania full of pomp and protocol allowing Margareta and her husband Prince Radu to 'connect with her people’.
|Writer(s):||Johannes Holzhausen, Constantin Wulff|
|Producers:||Johannes Rosenberger, Johannes Holzhausen, Constantin Wulff, Ada Solomon|
October 31, 2019Leipzig (International Competition)
THE ROYAL TRAIN and ROBOLOVE at DOK Leipzig
Not only are they contenders in the Leipzig International Competition: THE ROYAL TRAIN by Johannes Holzhausen and ROBOLOVE by Maria Arlamovsky are two movements into opposite directions, taking us either into the past or towards the future, both of them raising fundamental questions over reality. Also premiering at DOK Leipzig is THE FEVER by Katharina Weingartner.
«In Romania the royal family fills a vacuum.»
The daughter of the last King of Romania holds court in Bucharest and travels around the country in a royal train to demonstrate the bond between her and the people. The current government permits this without legitimising it. Johannes Holzhausen's THE ROYAL TRAIN accompanies a princess without portfolio on her quest: employing stage-managed pomp, she hopes to restore a chapter in Romanian history which came to an end after World War II.