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Theatertreffen der Jugend 2015

Theatertreffen der Jugend 2015: Retrospective

At this year’s Theatertreffen der Jugend, the young actors allowed themselves to take the floor and to tell us, for instance, about how they see themselves, how they are seen and how they would like to be seen. They asked questions about the responsibility for the future, one’s own and that of an entire generation, and explored the fears and longings connected with these questions. There were collisions with the world of the grown-ups, with their views on and their expectations of young people, with social norms, with the attribution of roles and identities. And above all this lay the desire to lead a self-determined life. The 36th Theatertreffen der Jugend showed how naturally all these issues can be dealt with on stage by and with young people.

Christina Schulz
Director of the National Contests at the Berliner Festspiele