Theatertreffen 2019


Open calls 2019

Stückemarkt: Applications no longer possible
International Forum: Deadline: 15.12.2018
Theatertreffen-Blog: Deadline: 03.02.2019

It’s still exciting!

Since 21 May 2018, the last day of the Theatertreffen 2018, a lot has happened in the world of theatre. We will restrict ourselves to a few events here that concern productions and artists of the Theatertreffen. Milo Rau’s work “Five Easy Pieces”, a multi-layered reflection on the events surrounding the Belgian child murderer Marc Dutroux, which was invited to the Theatertreffen 2017, was also invited to the Theatertreffen 2018 in China. There, it toured three cities with great success.

In the annual survey by the theatre magazine “Theater heute”, 43 critics voted artists of this year’s Theatertreffen as the best of the season. Falk Richter’s reckoning with Donald Trump, the strengthening of right-wing populism and the slackening of the left – which is based on Elfriede Jelinek’s “Am Königsweg” and was produced at Schauspielhaus Hamburg – was honoured as play and production of the year. Benny Claessens was voted Actor of the Year for his radical performance as a defiant, childish decal of the American President. In the tradition of interventionist appropriation art, the conceptual artist Anta Helena Recke transformed “Mittelreich”, Anna-Sophie Mahler's adaptation of Josef Bierbichler’s novel of the same name which was part of Theatertreffen 2016, into a “Black Copy” and was named Young Director of the Year for this coup. Vegard Vinge and Ida Müller were honoured for the flashy stage world of their total theatre “Nationaltheater Reinickendorf”. And the Theater Basel, represented at the Theatertreffen 2018 by Ulrich Rasche’s “Woyzeck” machine theatre, was voted best theatre of the year. All in all, a strong year.

The theatre season is now running at full speed again. As for the content, the #MeToo debate and the dynamics of change through globalisation and digitisation dominate the programme. The vitality of German-language theatre can be seen in the abundance of formally heterogeneous narrative styles. Many restarts with new artistic directors and teams, as in Stuttgart, Mannheim, Nuremberg or at the Volksbühne Berlin, promise exciting theatre.

Since 22 January 2018, the independent, seven-member jury of Theatertreffen has been tirelessly searching for ten remarkable productions in the German-speaking theatre world. These will be shown in Berlin in May 2019. They present an extract of the best of German-speaking theatres and independent production houses. On 20 January 2019, after heated discussions, seven subjective visual experiences will condense into ten invitations to the Theatertreffen 2019. Until then, there is still a lot going on in the theatre. It's still exciting!

Dates Theatertreffen 2019

The 56th Theatertreffen will take place from 3 to 19 May 2019.

Selection period for Theatertreffen 2019

Productions that have their premiere between 22 January 2018 and 20 January 2019 may be considered by the jury for the 2019 Theatertreffen.

The press conference will take place on Wednesday, 30 January 2019.

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