Theatertreffen der Jugend

Of the Moment and the Future

Susanne Chrudina

The moment is so intense, so much to discover, to feel, to experience. And yet we are always on the move into the future. Into an uncertain future. 

The young theatre makers talk about such intense moments and about their wishes, fears and demands for the nebulous future. They show activism, passion, discipline and a willingness to fight. We encounter modern gladiators, transcultural ensembles, time travellers and lovers, hear the rhythm of different languages and live music on stage. 

The artists take us into the world of mythology, rewrite classical material and turn their protagonists into influencers, develop collages or invite us to a martial arts performance. They deal with the helplessness of society, grievances, pressure to perform, the culture of remembrance, fluid gender roles and failure. They have a sense of humour, working with caricatures and humorous elements. The performers seek interactive encounters with the audience and express themselves in chants, songs, choreographies or on the vertical cloth. This year’s selection has many intense moments in store and confronts us sometimes with a threatening, sometimes with an imaginative future. 

This year marks the 45th edition of the Theatertreffen der Jugend. A proud number behind which stand decades of impressive young theatre work and strong messages. This shows that the importance of theatre as a means of expression for young people remains unbroken across generations. I would like to thank the sponsors of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for their many years of support and for recognising the inestimable value of theatre for the development of young people.

I would like to sincerely thank my colleagues on the jury for their meticulous and dedicated work in making this year's selection. 

My special thanks go to the Treffen junge Szene team and my colleagues at the Berliner Festspiele, who support the young theatre makers with so much appreciation and professionalism. 

And I wish you, dear ensembles, wonderful and exciting days at the festival. And thank you! Thank you for your work and thank you for addressing things and taking the future into your own hands. 

Susanne Chrudina
Director Treffen junge Szene

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© Berliner Festspiele, photo: Dave Grossmann

The Festivalzeitung (FZ)

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Theatertreffen der Jugend in the Media Library

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Award Winners Theatertreffen der Jugend

All selected theatre productions since 1980

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About Theatertreffen der Jugend

The Theatertreffen der Jugend sees itself as a platform and place of impulses and exchange, a place of learning where young theater makers can negotiate their working methods and their different themes and attitudes and are encouraged in their individual, artistic forms of expression. The focus is on the invited productions and the encounter and exchange between the young players and their directors in a wide variety of formats.

The Theatertreffen der Jugend is part of the Treffen junge Szene of the Berliner Festspiele and is funded as a national contest by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).