Digital Theatertreffen

© Alexandra Klobouk

Theatertreffen virtuell

Special edition from 1 to 9 May 2020

For the first time, the Theatertreffen will be hosted online. We will present six productions from our selection of 10 as on-demand recordings for a period of 24 hours each. Live talks with artists involved in the production and the audience give an opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas. These screenings will be complemented by the TT Context-programme “UnBoxing Stages – Digital Practice in the Theatre”.

Yvonne Büdenhölzer

20:00
In German

Welcome

By Yvonne Büdenhölzer, Director Theatertreffen

English Version (text only)
Long Version on the Berliner Festspiele Blog (text only)

Friday, 1 May 2020

Hamlet

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

“Stop Streaming!” A Fundamental Debate about Opportunities and Risks of Theatre on the Internet

18:00: TT Context – UnBoxing Stages – Panel I
Available until further notice
ca. 90 min, in German

“Stop Streaming!”
A Fundamental Debate about Opportunities and Risks of Theatre on the Internet

Is theatre especially essential in times of this crisis or would it be wise to tolerate the emerging vacancy for the time being? What does the current hype around (live-)streaming theatre signify for the future? Will this debate motivate us to create impulses beyond this crisis or will we “finally return to real theatre” once it is over? Which kinds of artistic formats were around before the corona crisis and which have only emerged since its beginning? A conversation about what the theatre can learn from these present times.

With: Anne Lenk, Christian Römer, Christopher Rüping, Roman Senkl, Joana Tischkau
Introduction: Christian Rakow
Graphic Recording: Johanna Baumann

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

Internet-Drama and Digital Storytelling – What Narrative Style does Online Theatre Have to Offer?

18:00: TT Context – UnBoxing Stages – Panel II
Available until further notice
ca. 90 min, in German and English

Internet-Drama and Digital Storytelling – What Narrative Style does Online Theatre Have to Offer?

The net allows a wide range of narrative forms: branching narratives, live jump’n’runs, digital writers’ rooms … – What are the specifics and particulars of online narratives? Which tools shape the narrative styles and what topics are especially suited to online exploration? Is there any material – classical, contemporary, post-modern – that lends itself specifically to this treatment? A conversation about (hi)storytelling in the 21st century, about interaction in digital theatre and the screen as fourth wall.

With: Eve Leigh, Anne Rabe, Arne Vogelgesang, Klaas Werner
Moderation & Introduction: Christiane Hütter
Graphic Recording: Johanna Baumann

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

Monday, 4 May 2020

Technology & Aesthetics on the Internet – From the Initial Digital Concept Meeting to the Online Opening Night Party

18:00: TT Context – UnBoxing Stages – Panel III
Available until further notice
ca. 90 min, in German

Technology & Aesthetics on the Internet – From the Initial Digital Concept Meeting to the Online Opening Night Party

What does creative work in the digital space look like? What aesthetic opportunities do online platforms have to offer? Is there anything that digital theatre can do and offline theatre can’t – and vice versa? How could digital guest performance options encourage the European theatre scene to draw even closer together and how could we integrate digital modes of performance into creative training curricula?

With: Alexander Giesche, Janne Nora Kummer, Björn Lengers, Matthias Lilienthal, Kay Voges
Moderation: Tobi Müller
Graphic Recording: Johanna Baumann

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Physical Practice and Digitality

18:00: TT Context – Artist Talk
Available until further notice
ca. 60 min, in English

Physical Practice and Digitality

In Florentina Holzinger’s work, the body is always at the centre of attention, not only discursively, but as a real and tangible presence on stage. What does this very specific physical practice, which uses elements from sources including acrobatics and martial arts, mean for performers from various generations? How do they deal with digitalisation? And what happens to a body as soon as it appears in the digital sphere?

With: Florentina Holzinger, Renée Copraij and Beatrice Cordua

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

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Long Night of Tutorials

From 18:00: TT Context – UnBoxing Stages – Hands-on Lectures with Q&A
Available until further notice
ca. 50 min each, in German

Long Night of Tutorials

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get started! In this series of around 60-minute long hands-on lectures including Q&A-sessions, experts will share their knowledge and give insights into essential aspects of net-theatre.
Selected questions from the audience will be considered – please let us know your questions via Twitter with the hashtag #TT_Tutorials.

Timetable of the Tutorials

18:00
How does Accessibility Work on the Internet?
With: Adina Hermann, Holger Dieterich, Andi Weiland (Sozialhelden e.V.)

19:00
Which Kind of Technical Set-up is Needed for Live Streaming Options?
With: Lucas Pleß and Philipp Kramer (Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Dortmund)

20:00
Who Holds which Rights in Streaming – Image Rights, Sound Rights and Rights to the Idea?
With: Sonja Laaser (lawyer and dramaturg)

21:00
A Dream within a Stream – How can we Reinvent 3D-Visualisation and Interaction in the Digital Space?
With: Nils Corte (Peppers Holosuite) and Max Schweder (Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Dortmund)

22:00
What does Community Mean Online and how could we Define a Communal Virtual Space?
With: Marcus Lobbes (Academy for Theatre and Digitality, Dortmund)

23:00
What are the Characteristics of Gaming, Playing and Theatre on the Internet and how could Online Theatre also be Interactive Theatre?
With: Clara Ehrenwerth (machina eX)

00:00
How does Participatory Theatre on the Internet Work and what are its Tools?
With: Caspar Weimann (onlinetheater.live)

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

Saturday, 9 May 2020

System Check – The Crisis isn’t all Corona

18:00: TT Context
Available until further notice
ca. 60 min, in German

System Check – The Crisis isn’t all Corona

Thomas Oberender and curator Ibou Coulibaly Diop consider the status quo of the current crisis and venture a look into the future: How can culture induce social transformation and how may a global crisis change the operating system running the cultural sector?

With: Thomas Oberender, Ibou Coulibaly Diop

TT Finale – Talk with the Jury of the Selection of 10 Productions

20:00
Available until further notice
ca. 75 min, in German

TT Finale
Talk with the Jury of the Selection of 10 Productions

To conclude this virtual Theatertreffen, the jury will gather in front of their monitors to look back at the festival and to answer questions about their work. What are the trends shaping the theatre today and which of them could be felt during the virtual Theatertreffen? Did the community-building element of the theatre become manifest online? And what would the outgoing jury members Margarete Affenzeller and Shirin Sojitrawalla like to say?

With Margarete Affenzeller, Cornelia Fiedler, Wolfgang Höbel, Georg Kasch, Andreas Klaeui, Shirin Sojitrawalla, Franz Wille
Moderation: Christine Wahl

More Theatertreffen

Hamlet

Hamlet

© JU Bochum

9 May to 30 July

3sat “Starke Stücke”

To the films
Until the end of July, you can experience three highlights of the 2019 and 2020 Theatertreffen in the comfort of your own home as part of 3sat’s series “Starke Stücke”: 3sat’s recordings of “Hamlet” (directed by Johan Simons, 2020 Theatertreffen), “Persona” (directed by Anna Bergmann, 2019 Theatertreffen) and “Tartuffe oder das Schwein der Weisen” (directed by Claudia Bauer, 2019 Theatertreffen) not only present strong performances, they also illustrate how the devices of picture direction can facilitate the step from the stage to the television screen.