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The Geierwally

The young "Wally", who by digging an eagle's nest also simultaneously breaks up the male-dominated village structure and refuses to be dictated to as to whom she should marry, has already been the subject of numerous novels, dramas and films. In 1992, the well-known Tyrolean regional poet and folk author Felix Mitterer wrote his adaptation of "Geierwally" exclusively for the open-air stage.

The classic for the 30th stage anniversary

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Anna Stainer-Knittel, who has gone down in the history of the Lech Valley under the name "Geierwally", was to serve him as a model and inspiration for this purpose. The myth has its origin in Elbigenalp. The "village", as it is affectionately called among the inhabitants of the Lech Valley, was the birthplace and home of the true "Geierwally".

Anna Stainer-Knittel was the first woman who, because of her talent, was allowed to begin studies at the Academy of Art in Munich. It was her portrait of the "Geierwally" that made the historical figure merge with the mythical one. Today, the name Anna Stainer-Knittel and the "Geierwally" are used almost synonymously.


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