Zermatt, CH – Until 1865, the Matterhorn was considered invincible. The mountain gives off a mystical aura and at that time aroused superstition within the village population. On 12 July 1865, an Englishman named Edward Whymper came to Zermatt to joint a rope party. Whymper was only able to win the support of the local climbers Father and Son Taugwalder. The first ascent was in fact a success – but on the day after only three of the seven men returned. What happened? A trial followed…
To mark the anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn 150 years ago, a grand performance arena is in Gornergrat above Zermatt during the summer of 2015. “I dedicate my work to the Zermatt mountain guides. The helped wealthy guests during the first ascent and brought world fame to Edward Whymper, while they themselves have been forgotten,” sais Livia Anne Richard, director and author of The Matterhorn Story. The premiere of the first performance is on Thursday, 9 July 2015. Livia Anne Richard (author of Dällebach Kari, Einstein, Paradise) staged the play. “Naturally, the international language of music will play a major role,” said Richard. This was composed by Bruno Bieri, who accompanies the play live with the natural-tone instrument, a HANG.
Performances: July 9 to August 29, 2015
Number of seats: around 700
Actors: over 40
Schedule: Wednesday to Saturday, 7:30 pm, Sunday, 2 pm
Advanced sales: beginning 10 March 2015