Theatertreffen

Theatertreffen award

The Theatertreffen shows its appreciation of its visiting artists by awarding them a trophy. Each invited production is presented with an original artwork to take home. This initiates a series of cooperation projects with international contemporary artists.

The Theatertreffen Award 2018

Theatertreffen Award 2018

In 2018, Eva Veronica Born is once again responsible for the design of the Theatertreffen Award. Even though distinctions are inherently intangible, there is a desire to create something that will endure. Just as the audience takes an individual experience home after their evening at the theatre, the intention is to give the artists back a part of their own memories, too. In echoes of communal creative working and developing, these memories feed on encounters and involvement with people and texts. The manuscript is a fitting emblem for this – more than anything else, it is able to contain this treasure of memories.

Eva Veronica Born (*1981) studied architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts and has been working as a freelance stage designer ever since. She has worked at Münchner Kammerspiele, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg and Ruhrtriennale, among others. In 2012 and 2013, she was invited to the Theatertreffen together with director Johan Simons. She has been designing the Theatertreffen’s festival spaces at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele since 2015. Since 2016 she has created the official trophy for the Theatertreffen.

The Theatertreffen Award 2017
© Piero Chiussi

Theatertreffen Award 2017

Even though distinctions are inherently intangible, there is a desire to create something that will endure. Just as the audience takes an individual experience home after their evening at the theatre, the intention is to give the artists back a part of their own memories, too. In echoes of communal creative working and developing, these memories feed on encounters and involvement with people and texts. The manuscript is a fitting emblem for this – more than anything else, it is able to contain this treasure of memories.

Eva Veronica Born (*1981) studied architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts and has been working as a freelance stage designer ever since. She has worked at Münchner Kammerspiele, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg and Ruhrtriennale, among others. In 2012 and 2013, she was invited to the Theatertreffen together with director Johan Simons. She has been designing the Theatertreffen’s festival spaces at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele since 2015. In 2016, she created the “Ice Cup” as Theatertreffen’s official trophy and she will also create the trophy for 2017.

Theatertreffen Award 2016
© Piero Chiussi

Theatertreffen Award 2016

In 2016, Eva Veronica Born designed the Theatertreffen Award, which is awarded to the teams of the ten invited productions and was designed in recent years by Olaf Metzel and Ai Weiwei. Her foundation was the moment between absence and presence and an examination of the form of the permanent trophy, which stands in contrast to a moment in the theatre, which is both immediately experienceable and fleeting. Its consistency cannot be archived and melts; what remains is an individual memory. The trophy is located on the interface between these two elements.

Theatertreffen Award 2015
© Piero Chiussi

Theatertreffen Award 2015

The sculptor Olaf Mentzel, who lives and works in Munich, tied the trophy for 2015 in with the “Focus Fassbinder” and the exhibition “Fassbinder – NOW” , which was shown at the Martin-Gropius-Bau at the time of the festival. With regard to form, the Theatertreffen award, which is produced as a series of ten unique specimens presented to the artistic teams at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, is a continuation of “Fassbinderfragmente”, Metzel’s series of reliefs from 2012. Aluminium plates received prints on both sides and were then bent, formed, creased and folded to create an association with crumpled paper. The print templates consisted of pages from Fassbinder’s screenplays, manuscripts, film stills, portraits, reviews and others. The objects are numbered and mounted on a marble plinth.

Theatertreffen Award 2014
© Piero Chiussi

Theatertreffen Award 2014

In 2014, the Theatertreffen-award was created by Ai Weiwei. With his highly political art, Ai Weiwei manages to focus our attention on the urgent social and socio-critical issues of our times. His trophies for the production teams of the selected productions address an event that had drastic consequences for his society: The trophies are worked from twined bars of reinforcement steel – remnants of school buildings that were destroyed during the devastating 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. Ai Weiwei created several of the works that were presented at Martin-Gropius-Bau as part of the exhibition “Evidence” from the debris that he collected by the ton at the sites of the disaster. Through his choice of material for the trophies, the artist wants to remind us particularly of the children among the close to 100,000 victims of this catastrophe.

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The database with all productions, theatres and directors since 1964 as well as the Stückemarkt authors.