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Impressions from the 2020 Theatertreffen

This year, the festival took place exclusively online for the first time. And even online, the typical Theatertreffen-sense of community could be felt! We would like to thank all participating artists, panel guests, experts, viewers, colleagues, partners and interested followers for an exceptional festival.

2019 and 2020 Theatertreffen: 3sat “Starke Stücke”

9 May to 30 July

Until the end of July, you can experience three highlights of the 2019 and 2020 Theatertreffen in the comfort of your own home as part of 3sat’s series “Starke Stücke”: 3sat’s recordings of “Hamlet” (directed by Johan Simons, 2020 Theatertreffen), “Persona” (directed by Anna Bergmann, 2019 Theatertreffen) and “Tartuffe oder das Schwein der Weisen” (directed by Claudia Bauer, 2019 Theatertreffen) not only present strong performances, they also illustrate how the devices of picture direction can facilitate the step from the stage to the television screen.

To the films

To the films.



© JU Bochum

TT Kontext virtuell

2020 Theatertreffen virtuell: TT Context, Recorded for You

The first virtual Theatertreffen was an experiment and a success: So far, the various streaming options of the virtual Theatertreffen were accessed more than 122,000 times. We are delighted and would like to say thank you! The extensive discursive programme “UnBoxing Stages – Digital Practice in the Theatre” examined the risks and potential of theatre on the internet. You can still access the recordings of the panels and the „Long Night of Tutorials“! Further conversations from TT Context are also available online.
To the recordings

2020 Theatertreffen virtuell: Precious Moments of Community

Words of Welcome for you to read again in a quiet moment

What makes the theatre and a festival so special has rarely been felt more clearly than during these weeks of social distancing: The relationship between auditorium and stage is fragile and fluid, it thrives on feedback, on empathy and those precious moments of communion. Nevertheless, we have decided to present six productions from the Theatertreffen’s selection of 10 online between 1 to 9 May as a virtual Theatertreffen, taking into account something that the current corona-crisis has revealed: We are in the midst of a transformation that directly concerns the medium of the theatre itself. Because, even before the theatre’s extensive relocation to the digital world with all of its streaming options and online formats, the digital age had long since made its way into the world of the theatre. We have become familiar with new, computer game-influenced narrative forms, with the chimeric characters they brought with them and with the gigantic experimental settings of immersive theatre.

In 2020, we will move the festival online. The problems raised by the current situation, however, will follow us there. The coronavirus is aggravating issues of social justice, equal opportunities and basic social security in the field of the arts – and we can consider ourselves fortunate that several new advocacy groups have emerged over the past few years, whose networks are sending out powerful calls for action. Now that the virus has pressed the pause button all around the world, we see society at a crossroads between a positive kind of globalisation, characterised by solidarity, and a negative one that decreases democratic standards. This year, we will consider and discuss this issue in the virtual realm.

The TT Context-programme “UnBoxing Stages – Digital Practice in the Theatre”, a cooperation project between Theatertreffen, the Academy for Theatre and Digitality and Initiative Digitale Dramaturgie will consider new conditions for theatre work and investigate issues including the risks and opportunities of theatre on the net, digital narrative styles and the prerequisites of technology and aesthetics. In a series of panel discussions and a Long Night of Tutorials, we will continue the old new debate about online theatre. Your participation is more than welcome both during the tutorials and the discussions following the streamed productions from the selection of 10! Discover the programme of the 2020 virtual Theatertreffen.

Digital Theatertreffen

© Alexandra Klobouk

Theatertreffen Award

Theatertreffen Award

© Piero Chiussi

The 2020 Selection of 10 Productions

The jury attended 432 productions in 56 cities in the German-language region. 744 votes were given and each jury member watched between 87 and 120 productions. A total of 35 productions was nominated and discussed.

Ten remarkable productions have been selected by the jury for the 2020 Theatertreffen. Six of them will be shown as on-demand recordings at the virtual Theatertreffen .

The 2020 Bloggers


Seven culture bloggers are invited to write for a reduced but ambitious “skeleton edition” of the 2020 Blog.
Since the 2020 Theatertreffen-Blog will only be realised in a downscaled edition, we have decided to invite these bloggers again in 2021
To the bloggers

Texts and Projects Invited to Stückemarkt 2020

The Stückemarkt presents new authors from all over the world, who express themselves in a wide variety of theatre formats – from dramatic texts to performance project. Where do political awareness, new narratives and poetry come together? Five innovative pieces, ambitious both in aesthetics and content, each highlighted different facets of this year’s Stückemarkt-motto and managed to convince the jury. 361 works from 63 countries were submitted in total.
Since the 2020 Stückemarkt cannot take place, we have decided to invite the same artists again next year.
To the selection

The Fellows of International Forum 2020

Apart from the ten remarkable productions, each year the Theatertreffen invites 35 exciting emerging artists from all parts of the world to attend and reflect the festival, to exchange ideas and experiences across artistic and national boundaries and to search for progressive aesthetics for tomorrow in exclusive workshops.
More than 200 artists from 61 nations responded to the Open Call published in the autumn of 2019.
Since the 2020 International Forum cannot take place, we have decided to invite the same artists again next year.

About Theatertreffen

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