Everybody knows the story of “Heidi” about carefree childhood days in the pastoral idyll of the Swiss Alps, an enforced move to the big modern city, and a happy return home. But author Johanna Spyri portrayed not only the idyllic life in the mountains, but also described the struggles with poverty and social tensions. Against the backdrop of the frightening change in lifestyles brought on by rapid industrialization, the mountains became a place of longing. Ballet director and choreographer at Theater Basel Richard Wherlock addresses the topics of identity and belonging in his new ballet production “Heidi.” What “home” actually means can only be experienced when it is either left or lost or when it is questioned.
Tickets are CHF 30-125, CHF 20 for people under age 30.