Festivals

Workshop theatre and diversity “Racism and critical whiteness”

Even a successful format like Theaterwelten can be and has to be improved and further developed. Upon evaluation, one important point will be the question how to adapt difficult themes for a broader audience. Questions like “Theatre and Diversity?” or “”How much racism can be traced in European Cultural Work?” are essential, when you take yourself serious working as an international theatre maker. Workshop theatre and diversity “Racism and critical whiteness” weiterlesen

Contemporary Dance Theatre in North America – Our bodies are the pioneers of the moment to come

The floor that refuses classical ballet is made perceptible to us by dancer and work shop leader of contemporary dance, Ariel Cohen from Massachusetts/USA. We, the workshop participants, met and – un-/willingly – got to know each other better during our training units. Our bodies, aimless and purposeless, seemed rather naïve in their motions. One foot tread upon the other, inexperienced. Even that means dancing together. Everything is possible with dance and everything is different to what we have realized before. Contemporary Dance Theatre in North America – Our bodies are the pioneers of the moment to come weiterlesen

Theatre in Oceania – Detecting the spirit of the islands in a playful way

We travel around the world and locate Oceania on the other side of the globe. The beauty and splendour of New Zealand’s nature and culture is reflected in the Maori Theatre. We came together from all parts of the world, spoke different languages. Our workshop leaders were Rangimoana Taylor and Bronwyn Tweedle: he, who spoke nothing but Maori, and she, as interpreter for German or English. Together they guided us through the colourful theatre world of the Maori. We were their guests, they were our hosts. Theatre in Oceania – Detecting the spirit of the islands in a playful way weiterlesen

Theatre in Latin America – Rhythm, Motion and Energy

Sandra Monteagudo and Jorgelina Balsa from Argentina electrified their eleven workshop participants with their infectious energy and joyful enthusiasm. From the very start, no theory concepts or historical stories mattered, but moving your own bodies did. Multiple impulses like flash-cards demonstrating different motions or diverse musical genres were the source of inspiration. Time and again, copying and altering the movements of fellow participants led to new motion studies and challenging improvisations. Theatre in Latin America – Rhythm, Motion and Energy weiterlesen

Theatre in Europe – The Stanislavsky System

Stanislawsky in Russian together with an expert interpreter? The start of this seminar is being inquisitively awaited by the participants. Mikhail Chumachenko of Moscow University of Fine and Performing Arts is directing this drama training course. The one-act play “The Bear” by Anton Chekhov is the base to his current workshop. To come straight to the point: this seminar should have deserved more attention, because within a minimum of time all participants were involved in the most concentrated work despite any language barrier. Theatre in Europe – The Stanislavsky System weiterlesen

Theatre in Africa – Space-Body-Escape

Our workshop leader Christel Gbaguidi from Benin put the focus on people – their conditions and circumstances – wherever they were from: Africa, Europe, Berlin, Rudolstadt, Benin, Gambia or Esslingen. It was not just a theory. We, the participants of his workshop, represented these people: some with, some without experiences as refugees. Some come from the European continent, others are of African origin; some are from a safe background, others are from an insecure environment. Here or there, they are legally or illegally. They have come in inflatable dinghies across the sea or they don’t know the sea. Theatre in Africa – Space-Body-Escape weiterlesen

Workshop theatre and diversity “Racism and critical whiteness”

Even a successful format like Theaterwelten can be and has to be improved and further developed. Upon evaluation, one important point will be the question how to adapt difficult themes for a broader audience. Questions like “Theatre and Diversity?” or “”How much racism can be traced in European Cultural Work?” are essential, when you take yourself serious working as an international theatre maker. A gathering like Theaterwelten has to provide a podium to look for answers to these questions if the festival targets sincerity. However, the first experiences show that these topics have to be discussed in rather small-format works and run on long-term perspectives. This also was a key point expressed during the feedback session that was carried out by work shop leader Jessica Laignel from Berlin. Workshop theatre and diversity “Racism and critical whiteness” weiterlesen

Productions from Benin and Argentina – a fascinating way to think outside the box

Two international guest performances complemented the festival programme Theatherwelten on two evenings. On Friday the artists of the “Arts Vagabonds” network presented “Maia”, a theatrical production of three chapters. It started as a narrative play in French which reports of a fight among the human senses. Next was a musical tale about encounters, parting, and reuniting which was solely told by dance of two chairs. Productions from Benin and Argentina – a fascinating way to think outside the box weiterlesen