Theatertreffen 2019: The 10 selected productions


Press release from 30 January 2019

During a press conference at Haus der Berliner Festspiele today, 30 January 2019, the Theatertreffen-jury revealed their selection of the “ten most remarkable productions” which are nominated for an invitation to the 56th Theatertreffen, which will take place from 3 to 19 May 2019.

Critics Margarete Affenzeller, Eva Behrendt, Wolfgang Höbel, Andreas Klaeui, Dorothea Marcus, Christian Rakow and Shirin Sojitrawalla viewed and discussed a total of XXX productions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland during the period from 22 January 2018 to 28 January 2019. During their final jury meeting last night, they compiled their selection of the “ten most remarkable productions” of the season, which will be nominated for an invitation to the Theatertreffen:

“Das große Heft” (The Notebook) Based on the novel by Ágota Kristóf
In a version by Ulrich Rasche and Alexander Weise-
Directed by Ulrich Rasche; stage design by Ulrich Rasche | Staatsschauspiel Dresden

“Das Internat” by Ersan Mondtag
Text by Alexander Kerlin and Matthias Seier
Directed by Ersan Mondtag; stage and costume design by Ersan Mondtag | Schauspiel Dortmund

“Dionysos Stadt”
Devised and directed by Christopher Rüping | Münchner Kammerspiele

“Erniedrigte und Beleidigte” (The Insulted and Humiliated)
Based on the novel by Fyodor M. Dostoevski
Using the Hamburg Poetics Lecture by Wolfram Lotz
Directed by Sebastian Hartmann; stage design by Sebastian Hartmann | Staatsschauspiel Dresden

“Girl From The Fog Machine Factory”
A contemporary story with a magical ending by Thom Luz
Directed by Thom Luz; stage and lighting design by Thom Luz | Gessnerallee Zürich
A production by Thom Luz and Bernetta Theaterproduktionen in coproduction with Gessnerallee Zürich, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Kaserne Basel, Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel Hamburg, Theater Chur, Südpol Luzern

“Hotel Strindberg” by Simon Stone based on August Strindberg
Directed by Simon Stone | Burgtheater, Wien / Theater Basel

“Oratorium” (Oratorio)
Kollektive Andacht zu einem wohlgehüteten Geheimnis (A collective meditation on a well-kept secret)
By and with Sebastian Bark, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Berit Stumpf and the choir of local delegates | HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
A production by She She Pop in coproduction with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Festival Theaterformen, Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspiel Stuttgart, Kaserne Basel, Schauspiel Leipzig, Kampnagel Hamburg, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, FFT Düsseldorf, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival Lublin and ACT Independent Theater Festival Sofia

“Persona” by Ingmar Bergman
Directed by Anna Bergmann | Deutsches Theater, Berlin
Coproduction with Malmö Stadsteater

“Tartuffe oder das Schwein der Weisen” Comedy by PeterLicht based on Molière
Directed by Claudia Bauer | Theater Basel

“Unendlicher Spaß” (Infinite Jest) by David Foster Wallace
Text version by Thorsten Lensing in cooperation with Thierry Mousset and Dirk Pilz
Directed by Thorsten Lensing | Sophiensæle, Berlin
A production by Thorsten Lensing in coproduction with Schauspiel Stuttgart, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Kampnagel Hamburg, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and SOPHIENSÆLE

Yvonne Büdenhölzer (director of Theatertreffen) on this year’s selection:
“The ten productions selected for the 2019 Theatertreffen reflect moments in time from our society. Questions of community and of the theatre as a place of social interaction as well as the positioning of the individual are among the topics addressed by both city theatres and independent productions. As far as form is concerned, fragmentary narrative styles, rewritings of familiar literary material and a strong degree of imagery prevail, making for powerful all-encompassing works of art. They are only made possible by extraordinary actors whose acting styles can both support and breach the concepts of the works.”

You can find the jury’s statements and the longlist of productions discussed by the jury on our website.

Press release as a pdf file

The 56th Theatertreffen of Berliner Festspiele is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation and will take place from 3 to 19 May 2019 at Haus der Berliner Festspiele and various other venues across Berlin. The “ten most remarkable productions” from the German-language region constitute the core of the festival.

Under its new director Maria Nübling, the Stückemarkt will present works by artists from all over the world for the first time. The selection will be announced in mid-February.

An editorial team of emerging journalists will once again cover the festival for the Theatertreffen-Blog. For the 55th time, the fellowship programme of the International Forum will bring together young theatre makers from across the globe to exchange their artistic practise and experiences.

BURNING ISSUES, the second conference of theatre makers, will take place as part of the 56th Theatertreffen. The conference is sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb). Initiated by Nicola Bramkamp and Lisa Jopt, the first conference took place at Theater Bonn in 2018 with exclusively female participants and constituted the launch of an intensive process of networking among female theatre makers. At this three-day conference in Berlin, which will be open to all genders and explicitly welcomes diversity, there will be sustainable discussions and concrete strategies concerning issues of diversity and gender equality.

Three prizes will be awarded during the Theatertreffen:
the 3sat-Award, the Alfred-Kerr Acting Award and the Theatre Prize Berlin of Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung, which will go to the performance collective She She Pop this year.

Our media partnership with 3sat will be continued in 2019. Under the title “Starke Stücke”, the television channel will produce recordings of three productions invited to the Theatertreffen, to be broadcast in its programme. These recordings will also be presented during the festival as public viewing events on the large screen at Sony Center on Potsdamer Platz. The admission to these screenings will be free.

Following the festival’s tradition and schedule, there will be an exchange of three members of the selection jury for the Theatertreffen this year.
With the 57th festival edition, Eva Behrendt (Berlin), Dorothea Marcus (Cologne) and Christian Rakow (Berlin) will conclude their membership in this jury.
In their place, Cornelia Fiedler (Cologne), Georg Kasch (Berlin) and Franz Wille (Berlin) have been appointed. Together with Margarete Affenzeller (Vienna), Wolfgang Höbel (Hamburg), Andreas Klaeui (Zurich) and Shirin Sojitrawalla (Wiesbaden), they will take up their post as jury members for the 2020 Theatertreffen.

Berliner Festspiele would like to thank all Theatertreffen-jurors for their contributions to the festival’s jury.

Save the date – Dates for the 2019 Theatertreffen

  • Announcement of the selection for Stückemarkt: mid-February 2019
  • Publication of the programme schedule & start of accreditation: Friday, 5 April 2019
  • Start of advance ticket sales: Saturday, 20 April 2019, at 10:00
  • Press conference on the start of the festival: Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Press images are available on our website.

Further information:

Press Contact: Claudia Nola, Ida Steffen and Jennifer Wilkens

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