On 13 May, Theatertreffen will Be Launched on Its New Digital Stage


Press release from 12 May 2021

From 13 to 24 May, the second entirely digital festival edition of Theatertreffen will present a comprehensive programme of 56 streams and a total of 80 hours of events, many of them live, on the new, experimental online stage of Berliner Festspiele. The platform will be activated on Thursday, 13 May at 12:00h.

Opening Event
The 58th Theatertreffen of Berliner Festspiele will be opened on 13 May with Christopher Rüping’s production “Einfach das Ende der Welt (It’s Only the End of the World)”, based on Jean-Luc Lagarce, which will be streamed live from Schauspielhaus Zürich. At the festival’s opening event at 19:30h, there will be welcoming words from the State Minister for Culture and the Media, Prof. Monika Grütters MdB, Theatertreffen-director Yvonne Büdenhölzer and the director of Berliner Festspiele, Thomas Oberender. Music by Danger Dan will complement the event. The opening night of the festival will end with an after-show talk and a reception in honour of the company, also to be streamed live.

New Digital Stage
The platform Berliner Festspiele Digital will go online at the beginning of Theatertreffen for the first time. It will provide an experimental digital stage for exciting new art and give the audience an opportunity to communicate. Digital spaces for discourse and encounters are just as much part of the platform as the integration of digital experiments, services for the international audience and the highest possible level of accessibility.

The project, which was developed in cooperation with Theater Dortmund and the Academy for Theatre and Digitality, is currently in its pilot phase. Together with Roman Senkl, head of Berliner Festspiele’s Laboratory for Digital Arts, the platform will be developed further and intends to present works that have been conceived for the digital sphere in the future. Step-by-step, the digital events of all Berliner Festspiele’s artistic genres and disciplines shall find their home on Berliner Festspiele Digital.

Service and Access
Links to the streams will be made available online on 13 May at 12:00h on digital.berlinerfestspiele.de. The entire festival is accessible free of charge, voluntary payment is possible.

Funded by Neustart Kultur and developed in cooperation with Theater Dortmund and the Academy for Theatre and Digitality.

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    Recent instances of the abuse of power show: As long as theatres are places of asymmetrical power structures, resistance will remain necessary. The theme day “Practice What You Preach” on 15 May focuses on the complex relationship between theatre and power hierarchies and takes a gender-critical look at Theatertreffen’s selection of 10 productions. In a panel round, the heads of the invited theatres will review the situation and discuss possible changes in hierarchic structures.
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    Focus Living Theatre
    On 16 May, the Focus Living Theatre, hosted on the occasion of Berliner Festspiele’s 70th anniversary, will open with the presentation of the book “Das Theater leben”, the first, recently published German translation of Julian Beck’s collection of writings. The presentation will be followed by a conversation between its editor Thomas Oberender and theatre makers Milo Rau and Kathrin Tiedemann, and a stream of the recording of “Feuertaufen in Berlin”, the Berlin Lecture given by Judith Malina in 1991. More events of this focus programme series will follow on 21 May.

Press accreditation for the VR theatre performance “Das HOUSE”
Press accreditation is only necessary for the VR theatre performance “Das HOUSE – ReInventing the Real” by minus.eins, a part of “Stages Unboxed”. If you would like to take part in one of the interactive guided tours on 20 May at 18:00h and 21:00h, we ask for your binding registration by 17 May to . We hope you will understand that, due to a limited number of participants, only journalists covering the event can be accredited for interactive participation. You will receive binding confirmation of your participation after registration.
Important note: These are experimental and elaborate 3D-applications (Mozilla Hubs), which have been optimised for newer desktop computers and fast internet connections. The programme may not run on all computers or via all browsers.
Please take note: This performance can also be watched as a stream without participating interactively (no prior registration necessary).

The programme schedule of this online festival edition is available for download PDF, 49 KB as a PDF.

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