The 2024 Theatertreffen
The next Theatertreffen is scheduled to take place from 3 to 19 May 2024. The 10 remarkable productions will be announced in late January / early February 2024. The programme will be published in April.
Theatertreffen in the Berliner Festspiele Media Library
From 12 May until 7 September 2023, the TV-recordings of “Die Eingeborenen von Maria Blut”, “Ein Sommernachtstraum” and “Kinder der Sonne” – which make up 3sat’s “Starke Stücke” of 2023 – will be accessible via 3sat’s Media Library and the Berliner Festspiele Media Library. In addition, we present selected discourse events as live stream and/or video on demand in the Berliner Festspiele Media Library.
Among other things, the Theatertreffen-bloggers addressed the question of cultural critique in the context of artificial intelligence, reflected on the festival format itself and its sustainability together, as well as the politics of invitation and exclusion that the institutionalised art establishment produces.
Who Has the Privilege to Not Know?
The question of “Who has the privilege to not know?” was of special significance during the concept phase of the 2023 festival edition. With no claims of being complete, this Digital Guide provides room for answers, viewpoints and considerations of young culture makers who attended the 2023 Theatertreffen in the context of the formats International Forum and Theatertreffen-Blog.
Welcome to the 2023 Theatertreffen
By Olena Apchel, Carolin Hochleichter, Joanna Nuckowska and Matthias Pees
This 60th festival edition will examine which topics, social processes and political transformations are shaping the theatre of today – and which encounters and exchanges of ideas can help to make them artistically productive. How can we create a safe, yet open space for a multitude of viewpoints on complicated issues of our times? Together with you, we would like to explore, discuss, expand and celebrate the theatre as a space of possibilities.
10 remarkable productions have been selected by a jury of critics from among around 450 new theatre shows in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They will take us on a multifaceted expedition to discover the powerful world of performance and imagery in German-language theatre. Several topics raised by these 10 productions will be reflected in the series 10 Treffen (10 Meetings), which intends to open up spaces for encounter and resonance on a European scale. The events of this new format, including performances, conversations, an exhibition and interventions, will frame the 10 remarkable productions and each Treffen will have a central concept.
Our entire team has been of invaluable support during the festival’s preparations and we would like to thank them very much! And we also thank our partners: above all, the German Federal Cultural Foundation for their long-standing support of the festival, and the main sponsors and partners of the 10 Treffen-series – the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb and Goethe-Institut – as well as 3sat for our reliable and fruitful media partnership.
We are looking forward to 18 days of theatre and 18 days of discursive, performative and celebratory Treffen with you!