3sat-Award for Ersan Mondtag at the 56th Theatertreffen / No performance of “Das Internat” possible during the festival


Press release from 25 March 2019

Director Ersan Mondtag will receive the 3sat-Award, which includes prize money of 10,000 Euro, at this year’s Theatertreffen for his production “Das Internat” at Schauspiel Dortmund. The public award ceremony will take place on Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 11.30h at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to present the production at this year’s Theatertreffen.

“With ‘Das Internat’, Ersan Mondtag once again proves himself to be a director of powerful images who skillfully plays with the audience’s fears. He interlaces motifs from fairy tales and horror films and their manifold associative possibilities into a spectacular celebration of the eerie. He creates a congenial combination of staging, stage and costumes into an installation of fear, a diorama of oppression”, said the 3sat-Award jury, which consists of Shirin Sojitrawalla (theatre critic and member of the Theatertreffen-jury), Wolfgang Horn (editor with the ZDF’s editorial staff for music and theatre) and Daniel Richter (executive dramaturg of Theatertreffen).

Ersan Mondtag, born in Berlin in 1987, works on the interfaces of theatre, music, performance and installation. He has created productions at Thalia Theater Hamburg, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Berliner Ensemble, Maxim Gorki Theater, Theater Bern, Schauspiel Köln and Münchner Kammerspiele. The expert magazine Theater heute chose Ersan Mondtag as Emerging Director of the year 2016. He was equally distinguished in the categories Stage Design and Costume Design of the year. With his play “Tyrannis” (Staatstheater Kassel), he was invited to the 2016 Theatertreffen and his production “Die Vernichtung”, produced at Theater Bern, brought him his second invitation to Berlin in 2017.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to present the production “Das Internat”, which has no longer been part of Schauspiel Dortmund’s repertoire since July 2018, at the Theatertreffen, due to scheduling and venue problems. Theatertreffen and Schauspiel Dortmund explored all available options together and they regret very much that no performances will be possible during the festival.

As the Berlin Theatertreffen’s media partner, 3sat has been bestowing the 3sat-Award for an artistically innovative achievement annually since 1997 to one or more artists from the circle of invited companies. Previous award winners have been a.o. Wiebke Puls, Milo Rau, Herbert Fritsch, Sandra Hüller and Christoph Schlingensief.

In its television programme, 3sat will present three “Starke Stücke (Strong Pieces)” from among the ten remarkable productions invited to the Theatertreffen: “Tartuffe oder das Schwein der Weisen” from Theater Basel (Saturday, 4 May 2019, 20.15h), “Erniedrigte und Beleidigte” from Staatsschauspiel Dresden (Saturday, 11 May 2019, 20.15h) and “Persona” from Deutsches Theater Berlin (Saturday, 18 May 2019, 20.15h).

Press Contact Theatertreffen: Claudia Nola, Ida Steffen, Jennifer Wilkens
; Tel.: +49 30 25489 269

Press Contact 3sat: Jessica Zobel; Tel.: +49 6131 - 70-16293
Press desk, Tel.: +49 6131 - 70-12108,

Production stills and a portrait photo of Ersan Mondtag are available online.

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