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Burning Issues x Theatertreffen 2022


On the second day of the conference, keynotes and talks will focus on dealing with abuses of power and the dramatic canon.

Glitter wig against an orange background

Anica Happich for Burning Issues, image detail

© Rebecca Rütten

  • 6 h
  • In German and English

Past Dates

Available as  Video on Demand in the Media Library

Host: Dr Dr Daniele Daude Music and theatre scholar, dramaturg
Moderation: Dagmar Dangereux Granddame, Diva & Queen of the Hearts, Lisan Lantin Actor, coach

From 10:00
Mobile artistic intervention
Nomadic Voices
A roaming vocal performance by Wael Sami Elkholy. The monologues and songs present a performative itinerant act where the solo singer radiates possibilities of healing, inhabiting the space of the Akademie der Künste, and crossing borders/divisions.

Wael Sami Elkholy Composer, singer and performer

10:00 – 10:30

10:30 – 12:00
Keynote & panel with Q & A
I Can’t Believe I Still Have to Protest this Shit
How we (should) respond to structural abuses of power

Was 2021 a particularly bad year for abuses of power in the theatre because there were a particularly large number of drastic incidents? Or was it a good year because many incidents finally came to light and dealing with them all together made a change of culture visible? In any event it is clear that cases of the abuse of power, regardless of whether they concern racism, sexism or a toxic leadership style, do not only require a swifter response. It is also important to question present preventative strategies and sanction mechanisms. Because otherwise, if there is any doubt the same thing will keep on happening: nothing.

Keynote with
Katie Kheriji-Watts Head of Research & Publications at On the Move and co-author of the study “#MeToo in the Arts: From call-outs to structural change”
Panel with
Clementine E. Burnley Storyteller, author, chair of conflict mediation and healing processes
Dr. Torsten Wöhlert Secretary of State at Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin
Sandrine Micossé-Aikins Director Diversity Arts Culture, cultural researcher, curator and equity manager
Ella Steinmann 360°agent Theater Oberhausen
Moderation: Susanne Burkhardt Editor, author and moderator Deutschlandfunk Kultur 

Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:30
Keynote & panel with Q & A
Rewrite. Write Off. Write New. What Do We Do with the Canon?

We are dealing with a dramatic canon, which now seems increasingly problematic in light of the ongoing debates about representation, gender images and (post-)colonial power relations? Can Goethe, Schiller, Kleist & co. still be saved? Or can we only move forward with new texts from new voices? This is discussed by two directors and a writer who have each looked for and found their own answers in their working processes.

Keynote with
Necati Öziri Writer, dramaturg Theatertreffen

Panel with
Anne Lenk Director
Ewelina Marciniak Director
Necati Öziri Writer, dramaturg Theatertreffen
Moderation: Susanne Burkhardt Editor, author and moderator Deutschlandfunk Kultur 

Coffee Break

Conference Closing

Ein Projekt von Save the world In Zusammenarbeit mit der Akademie der Künste und dem Internationalem Theaterinstitut    
Gefördert durch Neustart Kultur, Fonds Darstellende Künste, GVL und Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung