Renowned Melbourne theatre collective Daniel Schlusser Ensemble arrives in Sydney with their latest work, They Divided the Sky, a stage adaptation of the acclaimed novel by German writer Christa Wolf.

A heart-wrenching romance set against the backdrop of some of the most extraordinary events of the twentieth century, They Divided the Sky follows the curious and passionate Rita (Nikki Shiels) as she falls in love with the hilariously pedantic Manfred (Stephen Phillips). As the Berlin Wall is built and alliances are tested, they must wrestle between love and idealism.

Christa Wolf was one of the most famous German authors of her generation. Her first full-length novel They Divided the Sky was hailed at the time for its artistic achievement and excoriated for its ‘decadent’ politics.

Daniel Schlusser says, “Wolf’s novel is so present right here and now – in these convulsive times. It is searingly honest, and unites formal adventurousness and the poetic to ask two of the biggest questions: How to Live? and How to Love?”

Daniel Schlusser Ensemble is a group of artists that make works for theatre, opera, visual art and other media, exploring vital themes of power, reality and ritual. Since its inception in 2007, the Ensemble has created Life is a Dream, The Dollhouse, Poet#7, Ophelia doesn’t live here anymore, Menagerie, and M+M.

Their work has been described as “confident, exuberant and utterly, utterly dazzling” (The Australian); “beautiful, uncompromising, lacerating” (Alison Croggon); and which “detonate abiding notions of theatre and performance” (The Age).

They Divided the Sky is their first work to premiere in Sydney, in the inaugural 25A season at Belvoir.


Dates: 13 – 30 June, 2018
Times: Previews 8.15pm; Tues-Wed 6.45pm; Thurs-Sat 8.15pm
Venue: Belvoir St Theatre, Downstairs (25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills)
75 minutes approx
Prices: All tickets $25 plus booking fee; Previews $20
Bookings: or 02 9699 3444