Blossoming chestnut trees are reflected in the glass façade of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

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The 2024 Shortlisted Productions

43 productions were suggested and discussed for nomination for the 2024 Theatertreffen by the jury members.


Ein Kafka-Projekt
Based on Franz Kafka
Concept and direction: Saar Magal
Choreography: Saar Magal in collaboration with Julia Kraus Dybeck & the ensemble
World premiere: 15.12.2023
Theater Basel



Shared Landscapes
Seven pieces between fields and forests
Concept and curation: Caroline Barneaud, Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll)
Premiere in the German-language region: 19.8.2023 (Berliner Festspiele)
A production by Rimini Apparat (Germany) and Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland) in co-production with Berliner Festspiele (Germany) and the European consortium Performing landscape: Bunker and Mladi Levi Festival (Slovenia), Culturgest and Rota Clandestina / Câmara Municipal de Setúbal (Portugal), Festival d’Avignon (France), Tangente St. Pölten – Festival für Gegenwartskultur (Austria), Temporada Alta (Spain), Zona K and Piccolo Teatro di Milano Teatro d’Europa (Italy).
Co-funded by the European Union. The concept creation was funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.
“Shared Landscapes” is part of the project “Performing Landscape”, co-funded by the European Union.

By Rainald Goetz
Director: Claudia Bossard
World premiere: 22.9.2023
Deutsches Theater Berlin

Die große Klassenrevue
By Christiane Rösinger
Idea, text and composition: Christiane Rösinger
Directors: Meike Schmitz, Christiane Rösinger
World premiere: 20.9.2023
A part of “Who Owns the World? A Programme Series on Class Relations” by HAU / Hebbel am Ufer.
Production: Christiane Rösinger / HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

Planet B
By Yael Ronen & Itai Reicher
Director: Yael Ronen
World premiere: 8.6.2023
Maxim Gorki Theater

Bucket List (selected)
By Yael Ronen & Shlomi Shaban
Director: Yael Ronen
Songwriting and composition: Shlomi Shaban
World premiere: 9.12.2023
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
Co-production with Théâtre de Liège – with the support of Wallonia-Brussels International.
Supported by the European theater network PROSPERO – Extended Theatre.

In Memory of Doris Bither
By Yana Thönnes
Regie: Yana Thönnes
World premiere: 26.9.2023
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
Funded by the Zero programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation as part of “Studio as a laboratory for climate-neutral theatre practice”.
Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

The Silence (selected)
By Falk Richter
Director: Falk Richter
German-language premiere: 19.11.2023
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz

Revolution: The Foe of an Arrow Wound. 革命:幽灵的箭矢
By Paper Tiger Theater Studio 
Idea and direction: Tian Gebing
Choreography: Wang Yanan
World premiere: 21.4.2023
Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss

By Julien Gosselin, with texts by Thomas Bernhard, Arthur Schnitzler and Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Adaptation and direction: Julien Gosselin
Berlin premiere: 7.9.2023
A production of Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and Si vous pouviez lécher mon cœur.

based on Lord Byron
Direction and music: Fabian Hinrichs
World premiere: 21.4.2023
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz



Die Brüder Karamasow (The Brothers Karamazov)
Based on the novel of the same title by Fyodor M. Dostoevsky
In the German translation by Swetlana Geier
Adaptation by Angela Obst
Director: Johan Simons
Premiere: 14.10.2023
Schauspielhaus Bochum
Funded by Sparkasse Bochum.

Extra Life (selected)
Concept, choreography, direction, scenography: Gisèle Vienne
Creation and performance in co-operation with: Adèle Haenel, Theo Livesey, Katia Petrowick
World premiere: 16.8.2023 (Ruhrtriennale)
A production of DACM / Company Gisèle Vienne in co-production with Ruhrtriennale, Théâtre National de Bretagne – Centre Européen Théâtral et Chorégraphique, MC93 – Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis Bobigny, MC2 : Grenoble – Scène nationale, Théâtre national de Chaillot, Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scéne européenne, Tandem – Scène nationale de Douai, Points Communs – Nouvelle Scène nationale de Cergy Pontoise, CN D Centre national de la danse, Comédie de Genève, Le Volcan – Scène nationale du Havre, Centre Culturel André Malraux – Scène nationale de Vandoeuvre lès Nancy, NTGent, Printemps des Comédiens – Cité du Théâtre Domaine d’O Montpellier, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Comédie de Clermont, International Summer Festival Kampnagel – Hamburg, Triennale – Milan, Tanzquartier Wien, La Filature, Scéne nationale de Mulhouse.

Macbeth (selected)
By William Shakespeare
German translation by Angela Schanelec and Jürgen Gosch
Director: Johan Simons
Text version: Koen Tachelet
Premiere: 12.5.2023
Schauspielhaus Bochum



Verbundensein (On Connection)
By Kae Tempest
A visual poem by Alexander Giesche
Director: Alexander Giesche
Premiere: 28.4.2023
Theater Bremen



Based on the novel by Michel Houellebecq
German translation by Stephan Kleiner and Bernd Wilczek
Director and set designer: Sebastian Hartmann
Premiere: 27.4.2023
Staatsschauspiel Dresden



By Pavlo Arie, based loosely on Homer
Director: Stas Zhyrkov
Premiere: 10.2.2023
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Funded by Goethe-Institut, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the German Stage Association and U*act.

Dunkeldorf. Ein Stadtspiel.
Text by Juliane Hendes, based on true events in Düsseldorf
Direction and concept: Christof Seeger-Zurmühlen
World premiere: 20.6.2023 (asphalt Festival)
A production by Theaterkollektiv Pièrre.Vers in co-production with asphalt Festival and Düsseldorf Festival, funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste, the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Kunststiftung NRW, Centre for Civic Education of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Kulturamt Düsseldorf, Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf, BürgerStiftung Düsseldorf and Stiftung van Meeteren; in co-operation with the site of remembrance Alter Schlachthof at Hochschule Düsseldorf, the victim’s counseling office Rheinland and Antirassistisches Bildungsforum Rheinland.



Mein Lieblingstier heißt Winter
Based on Ferdinand Schmalz
Director: Rieke Süßkow
World premiere: 26.3.2023
Schauspiel Frankfurt



Sonne / Luft
By Elfriede Jelinek
Director: Emre Akal
Austrian premiere: 13.10.2023 (Schauspielhaus Graz)
Schauspielhaus Graz in co-operation with steirischer herbst.

Von einem Frauenzimmer
Domestic tragedy by Christiane Karoline Schlegel
Director: Anne Lenk
World premiere: 22.9.2023
Schauspielhaus Graz



Ungeheuer. Stadt. Theben. Eine Serie in fünf Folgen
By Roland Schimmelpfennig / Aeschylos / Sophocles / Euripides
Director: Karin Beier
World premiere: Season of 2023/24
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg


By Euripides/Roland Schimmelpfennig
Director: Karin Beier
World premiere: 15.9.2023
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg

Laios (selected)

By Roland Schimmelpfennig
Director: Karin Beier
World premiere: 29.9.2023
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg

Das 13. Jahr
A performance installation by SIGNA
Concept: Signa and Arthur Köstler
Director: Signa Köstler
World premiere: 21.10.2023 (Halle 7)
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg

Die acht Oktavhefte
By Franz Kafka 
In a version by Thom Luz
Director: Thom Luz
Premiere: 24.2.2023
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg

Cotton Under My Feet: The Hamburg Chapter
A performance tour through the Kunsthalle’s collection – and into the abysses of the art and finance world, including angels and the undead
By Walid Raad
Concept and performance: Walid Raad
Premiere: 10.8.2023
Hamburger Kunsthalle in co-operation with the International Summer Festival Kampnagel.



Die Hundekot-Attacke (selected)
Eine Vorstellung über Finsternis, Schönheit und Vergebung, basierend auf einer wahren Begebenheit.
Concept: Wunderbaum
Director: Walter Bart
Text: Walter Bart, Hannah Baumann, Pina Bergemann, Nikita Buldyrski, Henrike Commichau, Linde Dercon, Leon Pfannenmüller, Anna K. Seidel
World premiere: 27.10.2023
Theaterhaus Jena
A co-production with Wunderbaum.



Antonius und Kleopatra
Eine Shakespeare-Installation im Kolonialstil
A project by Claudia Bauer, Patrick Isermeyer and Teresa Schergaut 
German translation by Frank Günther
Director: Claudia Bauer
Premiere: 15.4.2023
Schauspiel Leipzig



Woyzeck | Marie
Based on motifs by Georg Büchner
Director: Mirjam Loibl
Premiere: 23.9.2023
Staatstheater Mainz



Il Ritorno / Das Jahr des magischen Denkens
Opera by Claudio Monteverdi
Libretto by Giacomo Badoaro
Drama by Joan Didion, based on her memoirs
Musical Director: Christopher Moulds
Director: Christopher Rüping
Premiere: 7.5.2023 (Residenztheater München)
Bayerische Staatsoper
A co-operation with Residenztheater München (Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel)

Die Vaterlosen (The Fatherless) (selected)
Tragicomedy by Anton Chekhov
German translation by Ulrike Zemme
Including “DAD MEN TALKING”: A series of conversations with changing guests & Carl Hegemann as well as a monologue by Katja Brunner
Director: Jette Steckel
Premiere: 3.6.2023
Münchner Kammerspiele

By Sophocles and incorporating “The Three Lives of Antigone” by Slavoj Žižek
German translation by Frank Born
In a version by Mateja Koležnik and Diana Koloini
Director: Mateja Koležnik
Premiere: 28.1.2023
Residenztheater München (Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel)

blues in schwarz weiss
With texts by May Ayim and Julienne De Muirier
Direction and music: Miriam Ibrahim
Premiere: 23.6.2023
Residenztheater München (Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel)



ÜBERGEWICHT, unwichtig: UNFORM (selected)
A European Eucharist by Werner Schwab
In a version by Rieke Süßkow and Klaus Missbach
Director: Rieke Süßkow
Premiere: 6.10.2023
Staatstheater Nürnberg



Nathan der Weise (Nathan the Wise) (selected)
Dramatic poem in five acts
By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Director and set designer: Ulrich Rasche
Premiere: 28.7.2023
Salzburger Festspiele



Der Raub der Sabinerinnen
Farce in four acts 
By Franz and Paul von Schönthan 
In a version by Svenja Viola Bungarten and Anita Vulesica
Director: Anita Vulesica
Premiere: 15.4.2023

I was an Elephant once in Cambodia
By toxic dreams
Direction and text: Yosi Wanunu
World premiere: 5.12.2023
A production by toxic dreams in co-production with Theater am Werk.

Der Diener zweier Herren (The Servant of Two Masters)
By Carlo Goldoni
German translation by Geraldine Gabor
Director and text version: Antonio Latella
Premiere: 18.11.2023

Szenen einer Ehe (Scenes from a Marriage)
Loosely based on Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same title
In a version by Markus Öhrn
Director and set designer: Markus Öhrn
Premiere: 30.3.2023

Museum of Uncounted Voices
By Marina Davydova
Concept, text, direction: Marina Davydova
World premiere: 22.5.2023 (Wiener Festwochen)
Commissioned by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Wiener Festwochen. 
Co-production: Theater Freiburg. Part of the festival “VOICES”.



Die Möwe (The Seagull)
By Anton Chekhov
German translation by Thomas Brasch
Director: Christopher Rüping
Premiere: 22.12.2023
Schauspielhaus Zürich

Gier (Crave)
By Sarah Kane
German translation by Marius von Mayenburg
Director: Christopher Rüping
Premiere: 4.3.2023
Schauspielhaus Zürich

Riesenhaft in Mittelerde™ (selected)
Based on “The Lord of the Rings”™ by J.R.R. Tolkien
An accessible installation by Theater HORA, Das Helmi Puppentheater and Schauspielhaus Zürich
Directors: Nicolas Stemann, Stephan Stock, Florian Loycke & Der Cora Frost 
World premiere: 22.4.2023
Schauspielhaus Zürich