The 10 Selected Productions

Six productions on-demand recordings

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Friday, 1 May 2020


Schauspielhaus Bochum
3sat recording “Starke Stücke”, 118 min, in German
Available 1 May, 20:00 – 2 May, 19:59

By William Shakespeare
With extracts from “Die Hamletmaschine” by Heiner Müller
Director Johan Simons
Premiere 15 June 2019
Further information about the production
Introduction with the dramaturg Jeroen Versteele (in German)

Accessible Offers

Introduction to the piece via audio description (in German)
At 20:00 on 1 May, this recording will be available in the ZDF media library including audio description for the blind and visually impaired and with subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
At 20:15 on 2 May, 3sat will broadcast this recording in its programme.

King Hamlet is dead, murdered by his brother Claudius who has taken over the throne. Young Hamlet decides to search for explanations and a morally consistent strategy. In Johan Simons’ reduced production of Shakespeare’s classic play, Sandra Hüller is a radically honest Hamlet. On an almost empty stage, steeped in a harsh white light, she sets out to penetrate a thick web of lies, manipulation and power-struggles. At her side: Gina Haller as a realist, laid-back Ophelia in personal union with Horatio.

ca. 22:35
Available until 2 May, 22:35
In German

Talking about “Hamlet”

In an artists’ talk about “Hamlet”, members of the creative team will share insights about the production.

With: Gina Haller, Sandra Hüller, Johan Simons, Jeroen Versteele, Cornelia Fiedler (jury)
Moderation: Christine Wahl

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Anatomie eines Suizids

Anatomie eines Suizids. Julia Wieninger, Gala Othero Winter, Sandra Gerling. In the back: Christoph Jöde, Paul Herwig, Tilman Strauß

© Stephen Cummiskey

Anatomie eines Suizids (Anatomy of a Suicide)

Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg
Recording of the dress rehearsal, 104 min, in German
English subtitles PANTHEA t5 SPECTITULAR GmbH
Available 2 May, 20:00 – 3 May, 19:59

By Alice Birch
Director Katie Mitchell
German Premiere 17 October 2019
Further information about the production
Recorded at the dress rehearsal on 16.10.2019. Please bear with us if the quality of sound and image can vary according to the circumstances.

What can you do when depression rules your life? Clara, the mother, is the first who cannot escape desperation and takes her own life. Her daughter Anne first turns to drugs and then commits suicide, too. Will Anna’s daughter Bonnie manage to break through this familial destiny? Katie Mitchell has staged Alice Birch’s intricately constructed play as a sombre, precise parallel montage in which the three women’s journeys through life are artfully correlated. A show about failure and success.

ca. 22:00
Available until 3 May, 22:00
In German and English

Talking about “Anatomie eines Suizids”

In an artists’ talk about “Anatomie eines Suizids”, members of the creative team will share insights about the production.

With: Sandra Gerling, Sybille Meier, Katie Mitchell, Julia Wieninger, Gala Othero Winter, Shirin Sojitrawalla (jury)
Moderation: Janis El-Bira

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Die Kränkungen der Menschheit

Die Kränkungen der Menschheit. Joana Tischkau, Vincent Redetzki, ensemble

© Gabriela Neeb

Die Kränkungen der Menschheit

A production by Anta Helena Recke with the Münchner Kammerspiele in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg) and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt)
Recording from 15 October 2019 from Munich, 65 min, in German
English subtitles PANTHEA t5 SPECTITULAR GmbH
Available 3 May, 20:00 – 4 May, 19:59

Director & Concept Anta Helena Recke
World Premiere 26 September 2019 (Munich)
Further information about the production

How often do we think about the mechanisms of our perception, about what the way that we look at and interpret things may say about our own viewing habits and imprints? In this almost contemplative production, Anta Helena Recke creates three staged experimental set-ups that are open to interpretation and where images, sounds and movements play the starring role. Among other issues, the show deals with a reflection on our own gaze and the notions that constitute humanity. And, not least, with rethinking the theatre as the art of looking.

ca. 21:20
Available until 4 May, 21:20
ca. 60 min, in German

Talking about “Die Kränkungen der Menschheit”

In an artists’ talk about “Die Kränkungen der Menschheit”, members of the creative team will share insights about the production.

With: Ariane Andereggen, Valerie Göhring, Maxi Menja Lehmann, Joana Tischkau, Margarete Affenzeller (Jury)
Moderation: Janis El-Bira

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Süßer Vogel Jugend

Süßer Vogel Jugend. Ensemble

© Rolf Arnold

Süßer Vogel Jugend (Sweet Bird of Youth)

Schauspiel Leipzig
Multicam recording of the premiere on 6 May 2019
110 min, in German
Available 5 May, 20:00 – 6 May, 19:59

By Tennessee Williams
Director Claudia Bauer
Premiere 6 April 2019
Further information about the production

Failed actor Chance Wayne returns to his home town with the ageing theatre diva Alexandra del Lago by his side. His teenage sweetheart Heavenly lives here and he wants to win her back. Except there’s one thing he does not know: Her father has a score to settle with him. Claudia Bauer and her cast capture the characters’ self-dramatisations and proceed to exhibit them in all their ludicrousness and cruelty with relish and great entertainment value.

ca. 22:05
Available until 6 May, 22:05
ca. 60 min, in German

Talking about “Süßer Vogel Jugend”

In an artists’ talk about “Süßer Vogel Jugend”, members of the creative team will share insights about the production.

With: Andreas Auerbach, Claudia Bauer, Katja Herlemann, Florian Steffens, Anita Vulesica, Franz Wille (jury)
Moderation: Christine Wahl

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas

Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas. Barbara Morgenstern, Christian Hempel, Benjamin Jürgens

© Robert Schittko

Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas (Chinchilla Arsehole, eyey)

A production by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Schauspiel Frankfurt and Rimini Apparat in co-production with Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) and HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
Recording from 13 April 2019 in the Bockenheimer Depot / Frankfurt, 93 min
in German with English subtitles
Subtitles SiegerbuschFilm, translation subtitles David Tushingham, editing video & sound Thorsten Löchl
Available 6 May, 20:00 – 7 May, 19:59

By Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug)
Concept, Text & Direction Helgard Haug
World Premiere 11 April 2019 (Frankfurt)
Further information about the production

It is not uncommon for actors to break character onstage. But what if this happens unintentionally, when a tic breaks through? Three people who live with Tourette’s are onstage, investigating just how much unpredictability the theatre can stand. Helgard Haug has created a space with and for her protagonists that provides clearly defined acting situations as well as creative leeway, submitting conventions of the stage to a humorous scrutiny.

ca. 21:50
ca. 50 min, in German
Available until 7 May, 21:50

Talking about “Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas”

In an artists’ talk about “Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas”, members of the creative team will share insights about the production.

With: Helgard Haug, Christian Hempel, Benjamin Jürgens, Bijan Kaffenberger, Barbara Morgenstern, Cornelius Puschke, Georg Kasch (jury)
Moderation: Christine Wahl

Friday, 8 May 2020

The Vacuum Cleaner

The Vacuum Cleaner. Damian Rebgetz, Thomas Hauser, Annette Paulmann, Walter Hess, Julia Windischbauer

© Julian Baumann

The Vacuum Cleaner

Münchner Kammerspiele
Recording from 15 December 2019, 98 min, in German
English subtitles Yvonne Griesel (SPRACHSPIEL), translation subtitles Anna Galt
Available 8 May, 20:00 – 9 May, 19:59

By Toshiki Okada
Director Toshiki Okada
World Premiere 12 December 2019
Further information about the production

Homare is a “hikikomori”: She has withdrawn from society and hardly ever leaves her room. What does her life under one roof with her 80-year-old father, her brother and his ex-colleague from the Amazon warehouse look like? Toshiki Okada carefully examines a social phenomenon of today’s Japanese society. His distinctive movement vocabulary runs asynchronously with the text and is not only fascinating to look at, but also sets the internal and external realities of his characters into a peculiar relationship with each other.

ca. 21:55
Available until 9 May, 21:55
ca. 60 min, in German

Talking about “The Vacuum Cleaner”

In an artists’ talk about “The Vacuum Cleaner”, members of the creative team will share insights about the production.

With: Dominic Huber, Tarun Kade, Toshiki Okada, Julia Windischbauer, Makiko Yamaguchi, Andreas Klaeui (jury)
Moderation: Christine Wahl

The Theatertreffen wishes to thank the Goethe-Institut for supporting the creation of the English subtitles of the recordings (“Anatomie eines Suizids”, “Die Kränkungen der Menschheit”, “The Vacuum Cleaner”).

Future Prospect

Together with its cooperation venues HAU Hebbel am Ufer and SOPHIENSÆLE, the Theatertreffen is planning to present the three independent productions “Chinchilla Arschloch, was was (Chinchilla Arsehole eyey)” by Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug), “Die Kränkungen der Menschheit” by Anta Helena Recke and “TANZ. Eine sylphidische Träumerei in Stunts” by Florentina Holzinger as Theatertreffen-performances at a later date. We will publish details on our website, in our newsletter and on the social media channels of Berliner Festspiele.