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Thirteen Nanzan Students to Perform Wilhelm Tell in German in Central Switzerland

July 23, 2015

[ When ] Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (starts at 7 pm)
[ Where ] Tells Hohle Gasse*, Artherstrasse 38, 6405 Immensee

*Free entry

[ When ] Saturday, August 29, 2015 (starts at 5 pm)
[ Where ] Musikuschule Altdorf Freilichtbühne, Bahnhofstrasse 27, 6460 Altdorf

*Free entry

Each year, students working under the exceptional tutelage of Dr. Yuji Hayashida in the Department of German Studies at Nagoya’s Nanzan University put on a German play. Dr. Irene Büchli, a professor of German literature, is struck by the performance no matter how many times she watches it. She is now busy preparing the students for a performance of Wilhelm Tell in central Switzerland—the home of the folk hero—to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Japan’s establishment of diplomatic ties with the European nation.

Though the 150th anniversary has now passed, the students will be able to put on their performance at Tells Hohle Gasse on Wednesday, August 26 and in Altdorf on Saturday, August 29 of this year.

Irene Büchli spoke about what it took to stage the performance in central Switzerland. “When I saw the students’ rendition of Wilhelm Tell in German, I knew we had to present it to the Swiss people in Tell’s hometown and started to look for a venue. Somewhat miraculously, they will able to perform in August of this year. I hope that the experience will provide a wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange.”

“Since I teach German at Nanzan University, I have seen how hard the German language students have been working from the beginning. As they have rehearsed and performed the Wilhelm Tell play, I have witnessed them pushing through these difficulties.”

Let’s join professor Büchli in wishing these 13 courageous students well!

This project was made possible through assistance from the Sakae Stünzi Foundation via the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo.