Reading & Talk

One Day with … Tankred Dorst

Tankred Dorst

Tankred Dorst

© Isolde Ohlbaum

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Tankred Dorst is one of the most important protagonists of German theatre in the second half of the 20th century. As an author, director, teacher, festival director and exceptionally gifted networker, together with his wife Ursula Ehler, he influenced generations of artists across Europe. His oeuvre includes theatre plays, films, adaptations, radio plays and novellas – he is at home in the puppet theatre as well as the opera. On 19 December, he will celebrate his 90th birthday.

On 6 December 2015, the Berliner Festspiele will organise “One Day with … Tankred Dorst”, an anniversary homage in cooperation with ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, featuring readings, musical interventions, discussions, theatre and film-screenings.

“One Day with …” is a series of events of the Berliner Festspiele, conceived together with ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. Several times a year, one artist and his or her cosmos will be presented in a one-day homage at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The most recent events of the series focused on Ian McEwan and Karl-Ove Knausgård.


Introduction with pictures and texts by Tankred Dorst

– Welcome: Frauke Hamann (ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius) and Thomas Oberender, moderation Yvonne Büdenhölzer
– In the beginning were the puppets: Jan-Christoph Gockel and Michael Pietsch
– “I want to be young, thousands of years old”: By and for Tankred Dorst by David Bösch and Bernhard Moshammer
– Attempt about the evil: Thomas Oberender and Jossi Wieler talk about “Korbes”
– Voices from Europe: Vera San Payo de Lemos, Mark Ravenhill, Özen Yula, Biljana Srbljanović, Manfred Beilharz, Bernhard Studlar by video
– Musical conversation by and with Moritz Eggert: Tankred Dorst in Frankfurt (with images)
– Life motto strangeness: Peter von Becker talks about the sentence “Whoever lives, disturbs”
– Musical conversation by and with Moritz Eggert: Wilhelm Killmayer über Tankred Dorst
– Biography and film: Christoph Hochhäusler and Nicolas Wackerbarth talk about “Klaras Mutter”, “Mosch” and “Eisenhans”
Hans Neuenfels über seinen Freund Tankred Dorst
– Finale: Tankred Dorst and Ursula Ehler will be reading

Reception in the Kassenhalle

Film screening on the Side Stage
“Eisenhans” (1983), afterwards q&a

One Day with … Tankred Dorst. Documentation

© Greenpocket Bewegtbild / Berliner Festspiele

A Berliner Festspiele event in cooperation with the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
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