Theatertreffen-Blog: Anniversary 2018

Time flies – The Theatertreffen-Blog celebrates its 10th Anniversary

In 2018, the Theatertreffen-Blog of Berliner Festspiele celebrated its tenth edition in digital form, which makes “TT-Blog” one of the oldest festival blogs in the German-language region. Over the course of ten years, the blog gave a large number of journalists who have since become household names an opportunity to try out a variety of formats of cultural journalism under real working conditions – ranging from interviews, comments, essays and portraits to classic full-length reviews. Today, many “alumni” of TT-Blog are working as staff or freelance journalists for leading media like Süddeutsche Zeitung, SPIEGEL, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Deutschlandfunk Kultur or

This special network gave us the idea to create a unique anniversary edition for 2018, designed and filled exclusively by alumni of former editions. This meant that the open application procedure of previous editions was suspended for one year. 25 pieces by a total of 19 authors were posted. They dealt with topics like the role of women in the theatre, illustrated in the report of a female student of theatre directing at Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” (Theresa Thomasberger), the course and consequences of the so-called “Blackfacing”-debate (Elena Philipp), the problematic issue of structural sexism (Anne Peter), immersive strategies in current theatre aesthetics (Katharina Alsen) or the much debated relationship between “provinces” and “metropolis” as reflected in the Theatertreffen’s selection (Theresa Luise Gindlstrasser).

Of course, the 2018 edition of the festival was also an important topic. The Stückemarkt-selection was addressed (Marlene Knobloch) as was the transnational platform “Shifting Perspectives” (Valerie Göhring). Falk Rößler analysed the relationship between original and copy in the theatre, looking at two stagings of Josef Bierbichler’s novel “Mittelreich”, Xaver von Cranach took the Schaubühne’s production of “Rückkehr nach Reims (Return to Reims)” as an opportunity to investigate the state of political theatre and Eva Marburg wrote about “theatre as disease” with the Vienna Burgtheater’s adaptation of the novel “Die Welt im Rücken (The World at your Back)” as an example. The renowned photographer Judith Buss, a member of the 2016 TT-Blog, took photos of the (empty) stages of invited productions. Classic reviews of the selection of the ten most remarkable productions made way for a new format: a five-part series of podcasts in which the editors reviewed the invited productions with various guests. Even before the first article was published, a special page of the blog gave readers an insight into personal memories of TT-Blog alumni: “What was remarkable about ‘your’ Theatertreffen edition?”

More than 7,000 visitors consulted the pages of TT-Blog for information on the 55th Berlin Theatertreffen. The latest count on the blog’s Twitter account (@TT_Blog18) was 1,296 followers.

Janis El-Bira
Head of TT-Blog 2018

The TT-Blog has been sponsored by Stiftung Presse-Haus NRZ since 2016. We would like to thank the foundation for their generous support.

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