Theatertreffen in China

Wu Promotion in cooperation with the Goethe Institute China and the support of the Berliner Festspiele will invite two to three productions of the Theatertreffen to China. The productions will be selected by a German-Chinese advisory board consisting of experts from the field of culture.

Theatertreffen in China

Theatertreffen in China 2021

This is the second year in which Theatertreffen in China will be hosted in a special edition without guest performances. From 27 to 29 August, video screenings of theatre performances invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen will be presented at the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center: “Maria Stuart”, directed by Anne Lenk and invited to the 2021 Theatertreffen and “Stolpersteine Staatstheater”, directed by Hans-Werner Kroesinger and invited to the Theatertreffen in 2016. The programme will be complemented by introductions to the plays at Goethe-Institut China in Beijing.

Furthermore, a programme dedicated to Theatertreffen was presented at the Goethe-Institut China in Beijing from 16 May to 5 June 2021. Apart from screenings of the productions “Einfach das Ende der Welt” (directed by Christopher Rüping), “Der Zauberberg” (directed by Sebastian Hartmann), “Medea*” (directed by Leonie Böhm) and “SCORES THAT SHAPED OUR FRIENDSHIP” (by and with Lucy Wilke and Paweł Duduś with music by Kim Twiddle), which were all part of the 2021 selection of ten productions, there was a digital “Introduction to the Ten Productions of 2021” by Georg Kasch, member of the Theatertreffen-jury. In addition, there were digital introductions and audience discussions for all the screened productions, which were joined by members of the creative teams online. There was access for a total of 720 viewers for these events and they were all accessed to capacity.

Theatertreffen in China 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Theatertreffen in China took place as a Special Edition.

From September to November 2020, “Theatertreffen in China: Special Edition 2020” presented performance recordings, introductions and online screenings of productions that were invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in recent years.

To launch this programme on 26 September 2020, Goethe-Institut China presented the series “Starke Stücke” of the 2019 Theatertreffen, recorded by the television channel 3sat, with Chinese subtitles. The production recordings of “Tartuffe oder das Schwein der Weisen”, “Erniedrigte und Beleidigte” and “Persona” were screened at Goethe-Institut Beijing with an introduction to each production.

In October 2020, Wu Promotion presented two further video recordings at the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center: “Five Easy Pieces” (2017 Theatertreffen) and “Tyrannis” (2016 Theatertreffen).

In addition, Goethe-Institut China and Beijing’s Inside-Out Theatre hosted a programme about the Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt, in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele.

In July 2020, there was a four-day online workshop during which directors and dramaturgs from across China discussed two selected plays together with the authors and members of the Stückemarkt-jury:

“Das Knurren der Milchstraße” (Author: Bonn Park, 2017 Stückemarkt)
„“1 yottabyte leben” (Author: Olivia Wenzel, 2018 Stückemarkt).

Following the workshop, the Goethe-Institut, together with the Beijing Inside-Out Theatre, selected three concepts for productions from all participants, which were then shown in the Chinese translations in Beijing and Shanghai in October and December 2020. The productions were directed by Xu Hongchang, Huang Jiadai and Wang Guanghao. Accompanied by artist talks and audience discussions, the first cooperation with the Stückemarkt was particularly well received by the young Chinese theatre scene.

You can find more information about the Stückemarkt programme on the Goethe-Institut’s website. More information about the Theatertreffen in China can be accessed on the website of Wu Promotion and a programme overview is available on the website of Goethe-Institut.

Theatertreffen in China 2019

From 15 June to 14 July Theatertreffen in China 2019 took place in Beijing and Shanghai organized by Wu Promotion in cooperation with the Goethe Institute China. The project is supported by the Berliner Festspiele, the Federal Foreign Office and Volkswagen Group China.

Apart from the launch event at the Goethe-Institut Beijing on 15 June, which included a conversation on “The Theatertreffen, the 2018 selection and the trends of 2019” with Yvonne Büdenhölzer and Margarete Affenzeller, the performances were complemented by introductions, podium discussions and a video screening of “Woyzeck” (directed by Ulrich Rasche at Theater Basel and invited to the Theatertreffen 2018).

The following productions invited to the Theatertreffen 2018 were presented:
“Die Odyssee” (directed by Antú Romero Nunes; Thalia Theater, Hamburg)
“Trommeln in der Nacht (Drums in the Night)” (directed by Christopher Rüping; Münchner Kammerspiele)

Advisory board 2019:
Dr. Thomas Oberender, Artistic Director of the Berliner Festspiele
Yvonne Büdenhölzer, Director of the Theatertreffen
Chen Ping, Counsellor for Culture at the Chinese Embassy in Vienna
Clemens Treter, Director of the Goethe Institute in Beijing
Meng Jinghui, Director

More about Theatertreffen in China 2019 on the website of Wu Promotion.

Theatertreffen in China 2018

From 30 June to 14 July 2018 Theatertreffen in China 2018 took place in Tianjin, Beijing and Changzhou, organized by Wu Promotion in cooperation with the Goethe Institute China. The project is supported by the Berliner Festspiele, the Federal Foreign Office and Volkswagen Group China.

The opening event on 30 June at the Goethe Institute Beijing with a talk about “The Theatertreffen and the 2017 selection” was the beginning of a series of introductions, public talks, lectures, discussions and video screenings of further Theatertreffen productions that were accompanying the programme.

Presented was the production invited to the Theatertreffen 2017:
“Five Easy Pieces” (concept, text and direction: Milo Rau; a production of the International Institute of Political Murder and CAMPO Gent)

Advisory board 2018:
Dr Thomas Oberender, Artistic Director of the Berliner Festspiele
Yvonne Büdenhölzer, Director of the Theatertreffen
Chen Ping, Counsellor for Culture at the Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany
Clemens Treter, Director of the Goethe Institute in Beijing
Meng Jinghui, Director

More about Theatertreffen in China on the website of Wu Promotion.

Theatertreffen in China 2017

On 7 June, Theatertreffen in China 2017 opened in Beijing, organized by Wu Promotion in cooperation with the Goethe Institute China and with the support of the Berliner Festspiele, the Federal Foreign Office and Volkswagen Group China. The Chinese co-organizer was the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in Beijing.

Presented were the following productions invited to the Theatertreffen 2016:
“der die mann” (directed by Herbert Fritsch; Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin)
“Stolpersteine Staatstheater” (directed by Hans-Werner Kroesinger; Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

Advisory board 2017:
Dr Thomas Oberender, Artistic Director of the Berliner Festspiele
Daniel Richter, Co-Director of the Theatertreffen 2017
Chen Ping, Counsellor for Culture at the Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany
Clemens Treter, Director of the Goethe Institute in Beijing
Meng Jinghui, Director
Yu Rongjun, Author, Vice President SMG Shanghai Performing Arts Group

More about Theatertreffen in China on the website of Wu Promotion.

Theatertreffen in China 2016

From 20 June to 9 July 2016, selected Theatertreffen productions were shown for the first time at the invitation of Wu Promotion in cooperation with the Goethe Institute China and with the support of the Berliner Festspiele, the Federal Foreign Office, the Culture Department of the City of Hamburg and Volkswagen Group China. The Chinese co-organizers were the National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing and the Shanghai Daning Theatre.

Presented were the following productions invited to the Theatertreffen 2015:
“Warten auf Godot” (Deutsches Theater Berlin, directed by Ivan Panteleev)
“John Gabriel Borkman” (Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, directed by Karin Henkel)
“Common Ground” (Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, directed by Yael Ronen)

Advisory board 2016:
Dr Thomas Oberender, Artistic Director of the Berliner Festspiele
Yvonne Büdenhölzer, Director of the Theatertreffen
Prof. Shen Lin, Head of the Institute of Theatre Research, Central Academy of Drama, China
Qiang Zhaohui, German philologist and translator
Chen Ping, Counsellor for Culture at the Chinese Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany

More about Theatertreffen in China on the website of Wu Promotion.