cooperation partners: Teatr Nowy (Cracow) and kainkollektiv (Bochum/Berlin)
project description: How has the presence become what it is? kainkollektiv and Teatr Nowy will together start a search to collect a panorama of past futures and future pasts. They will re-read old science-fiction novels and remix unheard compositions from the songs of extraterristrials and earthly dead people. A team of Polish, German and international artists who have collaborated with kainkollektiv and/or Teatr Nowy before will set up a camp of installations in Cracow, Berlin and Mülheim.
dates: 2019 at Teatr Nowy, Cracow, tak Berlin and Ringlokschuppen Mülheim
Cooperation partners: theatercombinat (Vienna) and Abdalla Daif/Reflection for Arts, Training & Development (Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt)
Project description: dialogue on difference (working title: dialogue on the WHITE MALE), an anthropological research piece, deals with the topos of the ‘white male’ as ‘the other’ in light of current radical escalation in political discourse. The starting point of this dialogic collaboration, ultimately resulting in a lecture performance and installation, are the artists’ very different backgrounds and environments: an Egyptian man living in Alexandria and a white woman living in Vienna. Both of them currently feel that they are facing political systems that are dangerously close to turning into extremism in their environments. Using the method of ‘deep hanging out’, the artists will examine case studies of the construction of race and gender as a discriminating practice in Austria and Egypt: they will collect examples of discrimination on the streets, in bars and cafés, in archives and political institutions. What are the everyday echoes of current political discourse? What does the gaze of the foreigner on one’s own system and everyday life reveal?
Time schedule: Two research phases in both Cairo and Vienna and two subsequent rehearsal and presentation processes, first in the summer of 2019 in Alexandria and then in autumn 2019 in Vienna.
Cooperation partners: kampnagel (Hamburg) and Queens Collective (Marrakesh, Morocco)
Project description: The project #youtoo concerns gender-specific violence directed at women in European and North African societies, which is often linked to racism or homophobia. Methods of empowerment are to be developed against this violence that occurs within the context of a patriarchal system. The dancers and choreographers involved, Hana Tefrati (from Marrakesh) and Saymaa Shoukry (from Cairo), will invite both professional dancers and anyone from the community who is interested to take part in workshops. The argumentative structures against the mechanisms of power developed in the workshops will then be expressed in a dance performance. As a surface for projection and a point of attack, the body will be used to illustrate the effects of sexist violence.
Time schedule: The workshops will take place in both Hamburg (October 2018) and Marrakesh (November 2018). The stage performance will be worked on with the two dancers in February/March 2019 at kampnagel and after a second round of discussions with the workshop participants in Marrakesh (April 2019).
Cooperation partners: theaterwerkstatt hannover and Ahmed Ezzat Elalfy (Alexandria, Egypt)
Project description: The cooperation partners are planning to stage a new Arabic production of the successful children’s and young people’s play Um Himmels Willen, Ikarus! (For Heaven’s Sake, Icarus!), which was shown by theaterwerkstatt in Alexandria in 2016. The production was met with great interest. The audience’s reaction to the play’s content was very different to the reception in Germany, however. The story of a father and son in an almost completely hopeless situation has a very current meaning and a real link to the lives for the people in most countries in the Maghreb and the Levant. Against the background of these diverging experiences in Germany and Egypt, the artists intend to react with a different perspective and interpretation and finally present the new Arabic-language production created in Alexandria in Germany too.
October/November 2018: Working discussions
January/February 2019: Arabic co-production
In the course of 2019: Performances
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Cooperation partners: andcompany&Co. (Berlin) and MOMO Theatre Company (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Project description: In 2018, the theatre collective andcompany&Co. will dedicate themselves to exploring the ‘1968’ theme from new angles, including going in search of evidence in Sofia: the knowledge that in July 1968, young people from all over the world gathered there for the 9th World Festival of Youth and Students and turned the city into a stage of the ‘68 movement is more widespread in Germany than in Bulgaria. In search of this buried history and shared past – through research, interviews with contemporary witnesses and happenings in the city – together with the theatre company MOMO, andcompany&Co. will ask questions about the ideas and emotions that gave the ‘68 generation the feeling of having a shared future, attempting a reassessment of the East-West relationship in the process. “(Re-)discovering a divided history is especially significant when it comes to making a shared future (re-)imaginable.”
The project Invisible Republic – Sofia 1968 is the bilateral part of a planned larger international coproduction for the show Invisible Republic (Revolutionsrevue).
October 2018: presentation of research at the ACT Festival, premiere of the stage production in the HAU Berlin
Cooperation partners: Theater Rampe e.V. (Stuttgart) and Teatru Spalatorie (Chișinău, Republic of Moldovia)
Project description: The collaboration WHO RUN THE WORLD between Moldavian writer and director Nicoleta Esinencu, Marie Bues, a director from Stuttgart, and a binational ensemble seeks to take a critical, performative stocktake of the different and yet similar situations of women in Moldovia and Germany. In the process of the play’s development, they will also involve activists and experts from both regions in a form of extended authorship. The aim is to create two dialogic parts (East and West), which together will form a multi-vocal performance of multi-perspective feminist positions and to explode the supposed singularity and non-transferability of women talking about their experiences.
September 2018: Rehearsals in Stuttgart/performances in Esslingen (STADT DER FRAUEN festival)
October 2018: Performances in Stuttgart (Theater Rampe)
Cooperation partners: Ballhaus Ost (Berlin) and KUD Moment (Maribor, Slovenia)
Project description: In Potential States, two young women think about and imagine past and future political systems using their own biographies. German-Kurdish author Beliban zu Stolberg and Slovenian theatre director Eva Nina Lampič imagine a life in no longer existing or not yet existing states and ask wider questions about the connection between identity and the state, language and belonging, linked to personal experience. What does it do to an individual when they lose their nation? Can we live in virtual nations? The project is planned as a process of eight phases over two years. In the first phases, the two artists will talk to experts from politics, academia, art and journalism and will then contribute both fictional and documentary material, from which a performance will be developed with an international cast. This will be produced in Ballhaus Ost in Berlin and after the shows in Berlin, at KUD MOMENT, the cooperation partner in Maribor.
2018/2019: Research, play development
Nov. 2019: Staged reading
April 2020: Performances in Berlin (followed by tour)
Cooperation partners: Brakula e.V. (Hamburg) and Zadar Snova (Zadar, Croatia)
Project description: Battler’s Opera is based on the plot of John Gay‘s The Beggar’s Opera and will be created from an exchange between street dancers from Hamburg, the popular rapper Edo Maajka from Bosnia and socially disadvantaged people from the small Croatian town of Zadar. The town, which attracts a lot of tourists every year, has a huge racism problem. The dancers from Hamburg, the majority of whom have a migrant background, will meet with residents from the “Bronx” of Zadar, so that they can later help a German audience understand their living conditions through dance. The project will be led by choreographer Borys Shevchenko, one of Germany’s best breakdancers, and actress Tina Keserovic, most well-known in Germany for her role as Beate Zschäpe (in Das Erbe at the Münchner Kammerspiele) and who is head of the International Festival of Contemporary Theatre Zadar Snova in Zadar.
June/July 2018: Preparation/rehearsals
August 2018: Preview in Zadar
April 2019: Rehearsals/performances in Hamburg
Cooperation partners: MS Schrittmacher (Berlin) and ACT Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Project description: In the cooperation LUXUS-WEG between the German dance company MS Schrittmacher and the ACT Independent Theatre Festival in Sofia, choreographer Martin Stiefermann, performance artist Antje Rose and Bulgarian performers Willy Prager and Iva Sveshtarova will work together on the topic of migratory movements between Germany and Bulgaria. The motifs of leaving each country are revealing: a significant number of Germans (45,000), usually of retirement age, fear poverty in old age and therefore seek financial stability and a better standard of living in the cheaper EU country, Bulgaria. At the same time, mainly young, educated Bulgarians are being attracted to Germany – also hoping for better living conditions and prospects. What causes these two groups – apart from economic motivation – to decide to migrate? Who actually are the migrants within Europe with its open borders? Do they arrive, find their place in the new country, in the new society? Based on extensive interviews and practice-based research, stories will be selected that will serve as textual and choreographic material for the later performance piece and, in the final presentations in Berlin and Sofia, will pursue the central question: what is luxury today?
October 2018: Working discussions
June 2019: Residency in Sofia
September 2019: Project presentation in Berlin
Cooperation partners: Hessisches Landestheater Marburg and Tumanishvili Film Theatre (Tbilisi, Georgia)
Project description: The centre of the project is the play Radio Universe by Georgian writer and director Nino Haratischwili, in which the question of diversity in the simultaneity of events is asked. Together with the writer, who lives in Germany, and the participating artists from the Timanishvili Film Actors Theatre in Tbilisi, the new team in charge of the Hessisches Landestheater Marburg focus on the theme of the sad anniversary: “10 years after the Chechen War”. Actors from Tbilisi and Marburg will work together in a shared process on the question of how the world can be shaped in solidarity if widely different fates would simply run their course at the same time: one night –suddenly war in one place, normality in the other.
June-August 2018: Preparation/rehearsals
September-November 2018: Performance in Marburg and Tbilisi