The 2022 Shortlisted Productions

32 productions were suggested and discussed for an invitation to the 2022 Theatertreffen by the jury members.


born to shine
By and with Gin Krneta, Dominik Schüepp, Kaspar Maier, Diara Diop, Fátima-Frida Salum Said, Jakob Müller, Jan Dagorov-Grobben, Dilan Graf, Tim Brügger, Anna Gerber, Elif Karci, Jelïn Nichele, Lee-Ann Aerni, Lou Haltinner
Directed by Ives Thuwis-De Leeuw and Sebastian Nübling
A coproduction of junges theater basel with Kaserne Basel, Schauspielhaus Zürich and HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (Dresden)
Premiere 23 April 2021 (Kaserne Basel) | | |

Onkel Wanja
By Anton Chekhov, in a Swiss-German version by Lucien Haug
Directed by Antú Romero Nunes
Theater Basel
World Premiere 6 May 2021



All right. Good night.
A Play about Disappearance and Loss [selected]
By Helgard Haug (Rimini Protokoll) with music by Barbara Morgenstern in collaboration with Zafraan Ensemble
Conceived, written and directed by Helgard Haug
A production by Rimini Apparat in coproduction with HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Volkstheater (Vienna), The Factory (Manchester), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt/Main), PACT Zollverein (Essen). Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds as well as Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
World Premiere 16 December 2021 (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) | | | | |

Der zerbrochne Krug (The Broken Jug)
By Heinrich von Kleist, in a version by Anne Lenk and David Heiligers
Directed by Anne Lenk
Deutsches Theater Berlin
Premiere 18 December 2021

Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde
By Erich Kästner, in an edition by Frank Castorf
Directed by Frank Castorf
Berliner Ensemble
Premiere 12 June 2021

Based on William Shakespeare and “The Politicians” by Wolfram Lotz
German translation by Rainer Iwersen
Direction and stage design by Sebastian Hartmann
Deutsches Theater Berlin
Live Stream Premiere 1 May 2021

Sinfonie des Fortschritts (Symphony of Progress)
A performance by Nicoleta Esinencu, Artiom Zavadovsky, Doriana Talmazan, Kira Semionov, Nora Dorogan and Oana Cirpanu
A production of HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and teatru-spălătorie (Chișinău). A coproduction with FFT Düsseldorf, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (Dresden), Theater Rampe (Stuttgart) and Festival Theaterformen (Braunschweig / Hannover). Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
World Premiere 13 January 2022 (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) | | | | |

Slippery Slope
Almost a Musical [selected]
By Yael Ronen, Shlomi Shaban and Riah Knight, Itai Reicher
Directed by Yael Ronen
Composition and music by Shlomi Shaban, Yaniv Fridel and Ofer (OJ) Shabi
Maxim Gorki Theater
World Premiere 6 November 2021



Das Gespenst der Normalität
By Saara Turunen
Translation from the Finnish by Stefan Moster
Directed by Saara Turunen
A coproduction of Schauspielhaus Bochum and Turunen Company
German Language Premiere 11 September 2021 (Schauspielhaus Bochum)

Das neue Leben
Where do we go from here [selected]
Freely adapted from Dante Alighieri, Meat Loaf and Britney Spears
Based on a translation by Thomas Vormbaum
Directed by Christopher Rüping
A production of Schauspielhaus Bochum, as part of Transfer Bochum/Zürich
Premiere 10 September 2021 (Schauspielhaus Bochum)

Peer Gynt
Based on Henrik Ibsen
Translation from the Norwegian by Christian Morgenstern
Using an interview with the Ghanaian author Ama Ata Aidoo and a swan song to the Western drama canon by Anne Rietmeijer
Direction and set design Dušan David Pařízek
Schauspielhaus Bochum
Online Premiere 24 April 2021



Der Tartuffe oder Kapital und Ideologie [selected]
By Soeren Voima, based on Molière and based on “Capital and Ideology” by Thomas Piketty
Directed by Volker Lösch
Staatsschauspiel Dresden
World Premiere 2 October 2021



Der schwarze Mönch (The Black Monk)
By Kirill Serebrennikov, based on the story by Anton Chekhov
German translation by Yvonne Griesel
Direction and stage design by Kirill Serebrennikov
Co-Direction/Choreography by Evgeny Kulagin and Ivan Estegneev
Thalia Theater
World Premiere 22 January 2022

Die Jakobsbücher (The Books of Jacob)
Based on Olga Tokarczuk, in an adaptation by Jarosław Murawski
From the Polish by Andreas Volk
Directed by Ewelina Marciniak
Thalia Theater
German Language Premiere 19 September 2021

Die Ruhe [selected]
A performance installation by SIGNA
Conceived and directed by Signa Köstler
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg
Funded by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media.
World Premiere 19 November 2021 (Paketpostamt Altona)

Die Wildente oder Der Kampf um die Wahrheit (The Wild Duck or The Fight for the Truth)
Freely translated from the original by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson
Thalia Theater
Premiere 9 November 2021

Doughnuts [selected]
By Toshiki Okada
Translation from the Japanese by Andreas Regelsberger
Directed by Toshiki Okada
Thalia Theater
World Premiere 21 January 2022

Lieder ohne Worte
By Thom Luz and Ensemble
Direction and set design Thom Luz
A production of Thom Luz and Bernetta Theaterproduktionen in coproduction with Wiener Festwochen, Kaserne Basel, Gessnerallee (Zurich), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (Dresden), International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg).
German Language Premiere in cooperation with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (Dresden) 19 August 2021 (Kampnagel) | | | | | |

Richard the Kid & the King
Based on William Shakespeare
In a version by Karin Henkel, Sybille Meier and Andrea Schwieter
With texts from “Eddy the King” from “Schlachten!” by Tom Lanoye and Luk Perceval
German translation by Rainer Kersten
Directed by Karin Henkel
A coproduction of Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg and Salzburger Festspiele 2021
World Premiere Salzburg 25 July 2021
Premiere Hamburg 3 September 2021 |



Ein Mann seiner Klasse [selected]
Based on the novel by Christian Baron and adapted for the theatre by Lukas Holzhausen and Annika Henrich
Directed by Lukas Holzhausen
Schauspiel Hannover
World Premiere 21 October 2021



Die Jungfrau von Orleans [selected]
Romantic tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller, in an adaptation by Joanna Bednarczyk
Translation by Olaf Kühl
Directed by Ewelina Marciniak
Nationaltheater Mannheim
Live Stream Premiere 17 June 2021
Analogue Premiere 22 June 2021



A Highschool-Opera by Bonn Park and Ben Roessler
Directed by Bonn Park
Composition by Ben Roessler
Münchner Volkstheater in cooperation with Orchesterakademie der Freunde und Förderer der Münchner Philharmoniker
World Premiere 17 October 2021 (Münchner Volkstheater) |

In 3 Acts

By Nora Abdel-Maksoud
Written and directed by Nora Abdel-Maksoud
Münchner Kammerspiele
World Premiere 21 November 2021

Like Lovers Do (Memoirs of Medusa) [selected]
By Sivan Ben Yishai
German translation by Maren Kames
Directed and choreographed by Pınar Karabulut
Münchner Kammerspiele
World Premiere 9 October 2021



Geschichten aus der Höhle

Inspired and with quotes by Édouard Louis: “Wer hat meinen Vater umgebracht”, Ulla Hahn: “Das verborgene Wort”, Daniel Schreiber: “Zuhause”, Roger Willemsen: “Wer wir waren”, Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo: “Buchstabengefühle” and with texts by the ensemble
Directed by Bert Zander
Theater Oberhausen
Live Stream Premiere 13 March 2021



Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald
By Ödön von Horváth
Directed by Johan Simons
Premiere 18 November 2021

Heartbreaking Final
By Tim Etchells and Aisha Orazbayeva
Written and directed by Tim Etchells
A Forced Entertainment production in coproduction with Wiener Festwochen
World Premiere 23 September 2021 (Wiener Festwochen) |

eine abschaffung der sparten
Based on Ernst Jandl
Directed by Claudia Bauer
Premiere 15 January 2022

By Simon Stone
Based on “Children of the Sun” and “Enemies” by Maxim Gorki
Directed by Simon Stone
Premiere 26 September 2021



Before the Sky Falls
After “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare
Using the translation by Angela Schanelec
Directed by Christiane Jatahy
A production of Schauspielhaus Zürich in cooperation with CULTURESCAPES 2021 Amazonas ♥ Affairs
Premiere 27 October 2021 (Schauspielhaus Zürich) |

Der Besuch der alten Dame
By Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Directed by Nicolas Stemann
Schauspielhaus Zürich
Premiere 17 September 2021

Kurze Interviews mit fiesen Männern – 22 Arten der Einsamkeit
Based on David Foster Wallace
Directed by Yana Ross
Schauspielhaus Zürich
Premiere 11 September 2021