And of a port in air...

Port in Air is a young, dynamic theatre group from Cologne. The ensemble was founded in 2003 by Richard Aczel who teaches English Literature at the University of Cologne. It began as a group of English students wanting to experiment with theatre, but very quickly became a serious company, performing in professional theatres in Cologne.


Port in Air combines inexhaustible energy and rigorous discipline. It is a highly visual and musical theatre of fluid pictures perpetually moving to the pulse of embodied and disembodied speech.


It is an expectation, a desire,
A palm that rises up beyond the sea
A little different from reality.

Ensemble & Crew 2003-2012


Rami Abu-Issa

Johanna Berendes

Miriam Berger

Leonard Best

Frieder Bögner

Thomas Bönnen

Steve Bonde

Stefan Bohne

Christoph Burchartz

Gila Busse

Gerd Buurmann

Martina Dietrich

Max Dressen

Malika El Halfa

Dorothea Förtsch

Anna Fischer

Julia Freihoff

Frederik Geisler

Berit Glück

Liliana Gnapp

Bastian Gry

Kathrin Hertes

Samuel Horn

Lea Kaiser

Jeena Kannappilly

Katja Kiesow

Waldemar Kinas

Wiebke Kuttner

Tina Lahl

Benjamin Leitz

Silvana Lepsa

Katrin Lüdorff

Jenny Möres

Sarah Freihoff

Christina Mestwerdt

Jochen Molitor

Tim Mrosek

Anna Neubert

Asokan Nirmalarajah

Guido Nunez del Prado

Bernd Rehse

Kerstin Reinthal

Lukas Reuß

Julia Risse

Natalia Rodruguez Pereira

Jenni Rosin

Lars Ruhbach

Olivia Sawano

Anna-Marie Schäfer

Hannah Schmidt

Simon Schuller

Niklas Schulz

Frauke Siemann

Laura Simmons

Leonhard Spies

Jana Steinheuer

Stefan Theilen

André Valente

Markus Zilz

Jonas Zorn


Lighting, Sound & Engineering: Henning Vahlbruch, Kotti J. Pistol

Technical assistance: Lily McLeish, Emma Rault, Julia Sievers, Kerstin Tschache

Press: Mandavi Axer, Martina Dietrich, Annette Hörster, Daphne Karanatsios, Sünje Löptien, Elena Martins, Nadine Schmid, Antonia Steiner

Photography & Film: Richard Aczel, Liliana Gnap, Wiebke Kuttner, Lily McLeish, Lenka Sikulova, Laura Simmons, André Valente, Isis Zerlett

Singing : Christina Troue

Musical arrangements: Miriam Berger, Anja Manthey, Olivia Sawano

Stage Design: Richard Aczel, Anne Schwarzenberg (Old Times)

Costumes: Alice Müller (Old Times)

Assistance & Dramaturgy: Thomas Bönnen, Laura Casey, Viviane Huppertz, Lily McLeish, Emma Rault, Julia Sievers, Antonia Steiner, Kerstin Tschache, Silvia Werner, Maria Wiegel, Gunda Windmüller, Barbara Wirth

Stage directors: Richard Aczel, Astrid Kröse, Lily McLeish, Jochen Molitor

Anecdote of the Jar

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion every where.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

Wallace Stevens