System Issues


Press release from 30 April 2019

The 2019 Theatertreffen will present performances of the ten selected productions and host the Stückemarkt as well as numerous other events, many of them with free admission. The discourse programme “TT Context” will pick up on existing issues, examine theatre systems and new forms of production and investigate the repercussions of Germany’s reunification on the theatre. “Burning Issues Meets Theatertreffen“, a conference on gender (in)equality will take place from 17 to 19 May.
From 2020, Theatertreffen will implement a female quota for a period of two years: At least 50% of the selection of ten productions will be directed by female directors or predominantly female collectives.

New connections between municipal theatres and independent structures, international companies, a trend towards unusual formats and innovative aesthetics: All these developments are turning habitual forms of producing and experiencing theatre inside out. And this is evident in the productions selected by the Theatertreffen-jury this year. As many as three productions were created as co-productions with partners from the independent scene: “Oratorium (Oratorio)” by the performance collective She She Pop, “Girl from the Fog Machine Factory” by Swiss director Thom Luz and “Unendlicher Spaß (Infinite Jest)”, directed by Thorsten Lensing, who is making his Theatertreffen-debut. The production staged by the second Theatertreffen-newcomer, Anna Bergmann, an interpretation of Ingmar Bergman’s film “Persona”, is a co-production between Deutsches Theater Berlin and Malmö Stadsteater. The production which will open this year’s Theatertreffen, “Hotel Strindberg” by Simon Stone is another co-production: It is the result of a collaboration between the Vienna Burgtheater and Theater Basel. Another production comes from Basel, too: “Tartuffe oder das Schwein der Weisen (Tartuffe)”, directed by Claudia Bauer. Staatsschauspiel Dresden will provide two productions: “Erniedrigte und Beleidigte (The Insulted and Humiliated)”, directed by Sebastian Hartmann and Ulrich Rasche’s staging of an adaptation of the novel “Das große Heft (The Notebook)”, which will be the festival’s closing performance on 20 May. Christopher Rüping’s nearly ten-hour-long ancient theatre project “Dionysos Stadt (Dionysos City)” from Münchner Kammerspiele, presented on the mid-festival weekend, completes this year’s programme. Unfortunately, “Das Internat” by Ersan Mondtag, produced by Schauspiel Dortmund, cannot be presented at the 2019 Theatertreffen.

Under the motto “What happens after the protest?”, the Stückemarkt will present new works from around world for the first time. The Stückemarkt commission, funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb will be awarded to one of the invited artists at a public event on 16 May and entails the realisation of a work at Schauspielhaus Bochum. As part of the programme “Stückemarkt Revisited”, Theatertreffen presents a staged reading of “BAMBI & Die Themen” by Bonn Park (winner of the 2017 Stückemarkt commission).

The discourse programme TT Context will focus on inequalities in the theatre, promote a debate on the future of the (city) theatre and provide a platform for questions and insights with regards to the implications of German reunification on the theatre (with the support of the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb). A three-day conference on gender (in)equality, Burning Issues Meets Theatertreffen (17 to 19 May) will research ways of creating a more gender-equal and diverse theatre for the future. The conference is supported by the Minister of State for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters and the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.

For the festival editions of 2020 and 2021, the Theatertreffen’s jury has committed itself to implementing a female quota of at least 50% of directors in the selection of the ten most remarkable productions. Directing collectives that consist predominantly of women will be factored in the 50% quota.

The Theatertreffen’s two-week fellowship programme International Forum will provide a platform for exchange for the 56th time. In a new format of Open Spaces on 15 May, organised by the fellows themselves, there will be a chance of getting to know the 35 selected emerging artists.

For the Theatertreffen-Blog six young culture bloggers will cover the festival’s events from a wide range of perspectives. The education programme Parallelwelten will once more cooperate with the Theatertreffen.

Marcus Gaab’s film project One on One on One will end after five years. Between 2015 and 2019, the director and photographer created a total of 47 short films featuring 61 actors from the ten selected productions of each year’s Theatertreffen. For the finale, all films can be seen in a Kinobox in the Box Office Foyer; admission is free.

During the Theatertreffen, the 3sat-Prize (4 May, recipient: Ersan Mondtag), the Theatre Prize Berlin of Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung (5 May, recipients: She She Pop) and the Alfred-Kerr-Acting-Prize (19 May, handed out by juror Franz Rogowski, featuring a manifesto speech by Susanne Kennedy) will be awarded. Admission is free for all three ceremonies.

As the Theatertreffen’s media partner 3sat will broadcast three recordings from among the selection of ten productions as part of the series “Starke Stücke”:
“Tartuffe oder das Schwein der Weisen” (Theater Basel, directed by Claudia Bauer) on Saturday, 4 May at 20.15h
“Erniedrigte und Beleidigte” (Staatstheater Dresden, directed by Sebastian Hartmann) on Saturday, 11 May at 20.15h
“Persona” (Deutsches Theater / Malmö Stadsteater, directed by Anna Bergmann)
on Saturday, 18 May at 20.15h

These 3sat-recordings will be screened on a large-scale screen at the Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz on the weekend of 10 to 12 May. Admission is free.

This year’s Theatertreffen-venues – in addition to Haus der Berliner Festspiele – will be Deutsches Theater Berlin, HAU – Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1), Sophiensӕle, Volksbühne Berlin and, for “Burning Issues Meets Theatertreffen”, Delphi Filmpalast and the Berlin University of the Arts.

The Theatertreffen has been sponsored by the Federal Cultural Foundation since 2004.

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