Theatertreffen Announces its Programme Schedule

Theatertreffen

Press release from 27 April 2021

Dear journalists,

In the following, we would like to inform you about the programme of this year’s digital festival edition and to point out the varying times when the streams will be available. Some events will be streamed live and in real time and will no longer be available once the performances are over. Other streams will be accessible for 24 hours or longer after the end of the events.
The programme schedule is now online and will be continually updated on our website.

Your Berliner Festspiele press team

The Selection of 10 Productions
Five out of the ten productions nominated by the Jjury will be performed live and streamed on the website of Berliner Festspiele:
On 13 May, “Einfach das Ende der Welt“ from Schauspielhaus Zürich (directed by Christopher Rüping)
On 14 May, “Show Me A Good Time“ from Haus der Berliner Festspiele (by and with Gob Squad)
On 20 May, “Medea*“ from Schauspielhaus Zürich (directed by Leonie Böhm)
On 21 May, “Reich des Todes“ from Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg (directed by Karin Beier)
And on 22 May “Der Zauberberg“ from Deutsches Theater Berlin (directed by Sebastian Hartmann).
The live streams will be presented in real time and will no longer be accessible once the performances are over.

Theatertreffen will stream three television recordings pre-produced by its long-standing media partner 3sat for its series “Starke Stücke”: “Maria Stuart“ (directed by Anne Lenk) on 15 May, “Automatenbüfett“ (directed by Barbara Frey) on 16 May and “Graf Öderland“ (directed by Stefan Bachmann) on 17 May. The three recordings will be accessible for 120 days from 15 May in 3sat’s media library.

Towards the end of the festival, two more recordings, commissioned by Theatertreffen, will be presented online: On 23 May, “NAME HER. Eine Suche nach den Frauen+“ (Regie: Marie Schleef) mit einer Dauer von 7,5 Stunden gezeigt und am 24. Mai „SCORES THAT SHAPED OUR FRIENDSHIP“ (directed by Marie Schleef), which is 7.5 hours long, will be shown once only, and on 24 May, “SCORES THAT SHAPED OUR FRIENDSHIP“ (by and with Lucy Wilke and Paweł Duduś, music by Kim Twiddle) will be presented and remain accessible for a further 24 hours after its end. All streams will be complemented by live streams of after-show talks featuring artists and members of the festival’s jury.

Discourse Programme
TT Kontext will be dedicated to the complex relationship between theatre and power hierarchies. For the third time, Theatertreffen will focus on the issue of gender (in)equalities. The festival will take a gender-critical look at the selection of 10 productions, take stock in conversation with the heads and artistic directors of the theatres that produced the invited productions and discuss possible changes in the theatre’s hierarchical structures.

For the first time, Theatertreffen and the Performing Arts Festival Berlin will cooperate to host the series of talks “What Are We Waiting For?”, which will address the issue of working conditions in the performing arts in the context of the pandemic.

Focus Living Theatre
Even today, the Living Theatre from New York, founded by Judith Malina and Julian Beck in 1947, is still an example of radically political theatre that makes no separation between life and art. In 1966, the company presented their productions “Frankenstein”, “Die Zofen (The Maids)” and “Mysteries” at Berliner Festwochen and in 1991, Judith Malina gave a “Berlin Lecture” as part of Theatertreffen. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Berliner Festspiele, Theatertreffen will dedicate a focus series of events on 16 and 21 May, including film screenings and the book presentation of Julian Beck’s “The Life of the Theatre (Das Theater leben)”, which will be published for the first time in a German translation on 16 May by Theater der Zeit in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele.

Digital Showcase “Stages Unboxed”
After its launch in 2020, Theatertreffen will continue its cooperation project with the Academy for Theatre and Digitality and the Initiative Digital Dramaturgy. Their digital showcase “Stages Unboxed” will present the practice and status quo of theatre on the web. On 19 and 20 May, the festival will present four productions with a representative practice of contemporary technology. The streams will be accessible free of charge; due to a limited capacity, prior registration will be necessary for interactive participation in selected productions. Further information will follow soon.

Stückemarkt
Stückemarkt has repeated its invitations to the artists selected by its jury in 2020. On 18, 22 and 23 May, apart from the pre-recorded performances “Aalaapi“ by Laurence Dauphinais and “Nanjing” by Jude Christian, there will be staged readings of the texts “Coop” by Sam Max and “Dreams in Blk Major” by TaNia, streamed live from Haus der Berliner Festspiele. “Midnight Movie” by Eve Leigh will be presented live from Münchner Kammerspiele / Habibi Kiosk. All streams will be available on demand for 24 hours. At Stückemarkt’s conclusion, one of the artists will receive the Commision of work, which entails a realisation of the work at Schauspiel Dortmund and is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb. The artists invited to Stückemarkt will also be featured in a joint artists’ talk, film portraits and workshops, and will be guests of the London Royal Court Theatre’s Playwright’s Podcast for the first time. The discursive events will look at the pandemic’s traces to be found in contemporary drama.

International Forum
In view of the current pandemic development, the International Forum will not be able to take place as planned.

Award Ceremonies
Due to the pandemic, the Theatre-Award-Berlin of Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung could not be awarded during last year’s ceremony. On 16 May, the prize will be given to actress Sandra Hüller and the ceremony will be streamed live from the Festspielhaus. Actor Thiemo Strutzenberger will receive the 3sat-Award for his outstanding performance in the production “Graf Öderland”. The pre-recorded award ceremony will be presented following the stream of “Graf Öderland” on 17 May. The Alfred-Kerr-Acting-Award will not be allocated this year.

Dear journalists,

In the following, we would like to inform you about the programme of this year’s digital festival edition and to point out the varying times when the streams will be available. Some events will be streamed live and in real time and will no longer be available once the performances are over. Other streams will be accessible for 24 hours or longer after the end of the events.
The programme schedule is now online and will be continually updated on our website.

Your Berliner Festspiele press team

The Selection of 10 Productions
Five out of the ten productions nominated by the Jjury will be performed live and streamed on the website of Berliner Festspiele:
On 13 May, “Einfach das Ende der Welt“ from Schauspielhaus Zürich (directed by Christopher Rüping)
On 14 May, “Show Me A Good Time“ from Haus der Berliner Festspiele (by and with Gob Squad)
On 20 May, “Medea*“ from Schauspielhaus Zürich (directed by Leonie Böhm)
On 21 May, “Reich des Todes“ from Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg (directed by Karin Beier)
And on 22 May “Der Zauberberg“ from Deutsches Theater Berlin (directed by Sebastian Hartmann).
The live streams will be presented in real time and will no longer be accessible once the performances are over.

Theatertreffen will stream three television recordings pre-produced by its long-standing media partner 3sat for its series “Starke Stücke”: “Maria Stuart“ (directed by Anne Lenk) on 15 May, “Automatenbüfett“ (directed by Barbara Frey) on 16 May and “Graf Öderland“ (directed by Stefan Bachmann) on 17 May. The three recordings will be accessible for 120 days from 15 May in 3sat’s media library.

Towards the end of the festival, two more recordings, commissioned by Theatertreffen, will be presented online: On 23 May, “NAME HER. Eine Suche nach den Frauen+“ (Regie: Marie Schleef) mit einer Dauer von 7,5 Stunden gezeigt und am 24. Mai „SCORES THAT SHAPED OUR FRIENDSHIP“ (directed by Marie Schleef), which is 7.5 hours long, will be shown once only, and on 24 May, “SCORES THAT SHAPED OUR FRIENDSHIP“ (by and with Lucy Wilke and Paweł Duduś, music by Kim Twiddle) will be presented and remain accessible for a further 24 hours after its end. All streams will be complemented by live streams of after-show talks featuring artists and members of the festival’s jury.

Discourse Programme
TT Kontext will be dedicated to the complex relationship between theatre and power hierarchies. For the third time, Theatertreffen will focus on the issue of gender (in)equalities. The festival will take a gender-critical look at the selection of 10 productions, take stock in conversation with the heads and artistic directors of the theatres that produced the invited productions and discuss possible changes in the theatre’s hierarchical structures.

For the first time, Theatertreffen and the Performing Arts Festival Berlin will cooperate to host the series of talks “What Are We Waiting For?”, which will address the issue of working conditions in the performing arts in the context of the pandemic.

Focus Living Theatre
Even today, the Living Theatre from New York, founded by Judith Malina and Julian Beck in 1947, is still an example of radically political theatre that makes no separation between life and art. In 1966, the company presented their productions “Frankenstein”, “Die Zofen (The Maids)” and “Mysteries” at Berliner Festwochen and in 1991, Judith Malina gave a “Berlin Lecture” as part of Theatertreffen. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Berliner Festspiele, Theatertreffen will dedicate a focus series of events on 16 and 21 May, including film screenings and the book presentation of Julian Beck’s “The Life of the Theatre (Das Theater leben)”, which will be published for the first time in a German translation on 16 May by Theater der Zeit in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele.

Digital Showcase “Stages Unboxed”
After its launch in 2020, Theatertreffen will continue its cooperation project with the Academy for Theatre and Digitality and the Initiative Digital Dramaturgy. Their digital showcase “Stages Unboxed” will present the practice and status quo of theatre on the web. On 19 and 20 May, the festival will present four productions with a representative practice of contemporary technology. The streams will be accessible free of charge; due to a limited capacity, prior registration will be necessary for interactive participation in selected productions. Further information will follow soon.

Stückemarkt
Stückemarkt has repeated its invitations to the artists selected by its jury in 2020. On 18, 22 and 23 May, apart from the pre-recorded performances “Aalaapi“ by Laurence Dauphinais and “Nanjing” by Jude Christian, there will be staged readings of the texts “Coop” by Sam Max and “Dreams in Blk Major” by TaNia, streamed live from Haus der Berliner Festspiele. “Midnight Movie” by Eve Leigh will be presented live from Münchner Kammerspiele / Habibi Kiosk. All streams will be available on demand for 24 hours. At Stückemarkt’s conclusion, one of the artists will receive the Commision of work, which entails a realisation of the work at Schauspiel Dortmund and is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb. The artists invited to Stückemarkt will also be featured in a joint artists’ talk, film portraits and workshops, and will be guests of the London Royal Court Theatre’s Playwright’s Podcast for the first time. The discursive events will look at the pandemic’s traces to be found in contemporary drama.

International Forum
In view of the current pandemic development, the International Forum will not be able to take place as planned.

Award Ceremonies
Due to the pandemic, the Theatre-Award-Berlin of Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung could not be awarded during last year’s ceremony. On 16 May, the prize will be given to actress Sandra Hüller and the ceremony will be streamed live from the Festspielhaus. Actor Thiemo Strutzenberger will receive the 3sat-Award for his outstanding performance in the production “Graf Öderland”. The pre-recorded award ceremony will be presented following the stream of “Graf Öderland” on 17 May. The Alfred-Kerr-Acting-Award will not be allocated this year.

Theatertreffen-Blog
Five young culture journalists constitute the editorial team that will accompany the festival’s events and provide coverage of Theatertreffen from a wide range of perspectives. They will already begin on 10 May at theatertreffen-blog.de.

Service and Access
The entire festival programme is accessible free of charge, voluntary payment is possible. Press access is free of charge.

For its international audience, Theatertreffen provides nearly all events in an English-language version, either via subtitles or with a simultaneous translation. Furthermore, there is a programme with audio description that includes three performances from the selection of 10 productions as well as an audio descriptive introduction to the staged readings of Stückemarkt.