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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Art as transmission of reality with its complex of social and socio-political problems in times of globalization exemplarily presented by Arts Vagabonds’ projects linking Germany and Benin, Africa and Europe.
by Christel Gbaguidi
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, West-African Benin entered democracy. Taking notice of Benin the majority of Germans is reminded of its own capital city Berlin. Even though linguistic aspects may lead to confusion, both terms describe different worlds not only because of their geography, but also due to their socio-political or economic genuineness. THEATRE WORK IN BENIN weiterlesen
I had planned to give a theatre workshop based on my theatre philosophy of ‘low cost theatre’, which I have developed over my theatre experience of 30 years where I had to produce plays with very minimum finances, sometimes none. I also wanted to share my experience of yoga and meditation techniques, which I believe is very important for any theatre person. But, in May, Nepal was badly affected by the
7.6 rectarscale earthquake, which took away more than 1000 lives, millions became homeless and orphans. Sarwanam Theatre, where I serve as the Director and Artistic Director, thankfully was saved from the calamity but some of our artists have become homeless.
While the entire nation is working day and night to help the earthquake survivors, it is also overwhelming to see the entire world come together to help us during our biggest crisis. The earthquake also took away many of our World Heritage Sites. The aftershocks have not yet stopped. Nepal, being a land locked country, the earthquake has paved way to floods and landslides, and therefore, our country is still facing disasters even after a month.
But, we hope that things will be better soon. And with this hope, we Nepalese are striving each day uniting with each other, to face the biggest disaster of our lives. I am really sorry that I could not be a part of the workshop but I am sure, such opportunity will come in future very soon. Till then I am working hard to rebuild my country.