Festival 2017

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to the International Festival “Theaterwelten” in Rudolstadt. The second edition after kickoff 2015 is taking place from 22. – 25.06.2017 in Rudolstadt. Exciting performances from Asia (Nepal), South America (Chile), Oceania (New Zealand), Europe (Belgium) and Africa (Egypt) are programmed during the festival. International theatre experts from five continents give practical insights into theatre-forms and performing techniques of their regions.

The fundamental questions of the international theatre work: theatre as a social force, theatre of cultural diversity, the prospect of global theatre work will be discussed during the Forum. This Forum takes place in cooperation with the CCT (centre of competence for theatre) of the University of Leipzig. Participants enjoy a Festivalcamp with an unforgettable festival spirit.

The festival is hosted once every two years. The organiser in 2017 was the Bund Deutscher Amateurtheater e.V. (Association of German Amateur Theatres) in cooperation with the Thüringer Theaterverband e.V. (Thuringian Theatre Association).

(c) Tabitha Arthur, LightShade Creative (NZ)

OCEANIA / New Zealand

Performance: Skin Tight by Gary Henderson
Quartett theatre company, Wellington, New Zealand

Skin Tight is the story of Tom and Elizabeth, who survive the war, but lose their farm; fight, make-up, love and grow old. A moving and magical love story, both passionate and brutal. Inspired by Denis Glover’s poem The Magpie Said, the play is about life on the land, the events of the 1940s and how a couple fight against death in order to stay together. This two-hander performance features extensive fight choreography and original Music.

»Theater der Maori«
Referents: Rangimoana Taylor, Bronwyn Tweddle (New Zealand)

Maori theatre artist Rangimoana Taylor and Pakeha (= Nicht-Maori) theatre director Bronwyn Tweddle offer a practical experience of traditional Maori theatre. Participants will learn some authentic Maori performance forms with traditional movements which imitate the birds of New Zealand, traditional Maori songs and war dances. The workshop offers an introduction to the Maori culture and demonstrates in practice a cultural collaboration between a Maori and a non-Maori artist, as is common in New Zealand. The workshop will be held in German and English.

EUROPE / Belgium

Performance: »A warm place«
Collectif verloren, Brussels, Belgium

A Warm Place shows how in anxiety and depression the body takes over the mind. Trembling and kicking four dancers keep escaping every attempt to pin down the issue in thoughts and words until finally fatigue catches up and the mind finds itself still not understanding. A Warm Place is a personal testimony about living with depression and anxiety. It is a monologue of failing metaphores full of dance and pounding or whispering Nine Inch Nails music. A Warm Place reveals the mirror we show ourselves, how we try to comprehend our own mind and how suffocating that attempt can be.

»A warm place«
Referents: Collectief verloren (Belgium)

In this workshop participants will catch a glimpse of the creative process resulting in the movement sequences of A Warm Place. The central question is how our bodies can understand, translate and express texts, music, ideas, emotions. Collectief Verloren developed clusters of meaning around themes and material they start out with. Working from these clusters rather than directly from the raw material allows performers to approach the material from their own personal background and creates an openness for the audience which allows for multiple layers to be read in the performances. The workshop will introduce this method to the participants through the movement. The workshop will be held in English.

(c) Performance A Warm Place / Belgium

(c) Colectivo Racun


Performance: »Fire Tongs«
Colectivo Racun, Santiago de Chile/ Chile

The play is developed after humanity was divided by language and the wars for natural resources, in this context five characters with different origins and complementary skills, embark on a journey in search for water, with the body language as an unifying element, transversal to humanity. Through the circus, music, theater, dance and the manipulation of objects and marionettes the company Racún seeks to approach the public with this interdisciplinary proposal, making it reflect on the borders and what it means to share this land.

»The body, objects and games as a creative and interpretive tool«
Referents: Colectivo Racun, Chile

The workshop, given by 5 people with different and complementary skills, has the purpose of recognizing and enhancing the different possibilities of each person who takes the workshop by giving them new tools for the stage work. The intention is to show how the body, without the word, is a universal language that can bring us closer to understanding the person as a human being in a world without borders. Body awareness, manipulation of objects, play and complicity can improve the interpretive level, enriching it with nuances and skills that allow a greater range of possibilities when creating or standing on stage. The workshop will be held in English.


Performance: »1980 and upwards«
Studio El Brova, Cairo / Egypt

»1980 and upwards« consists of separate sketches showing the guy’s born from 1980 year to now, his society problems, women’s problems in Egypt, marriage problems in Egypt, political life. The generation perplexity in this period will be discussed in this comedy show with Arab community issue.

»1980 and upwards«
Referents: Mohamed Gabr, Mahmoud Gamal (Egypt)

In this workshop participants will get in touch with the art of improvising and learn how to create a play characters, create a drama for the play.

(c) Studio El Brova

(c) Malini (The Princess of Garden), Theatre Village, Kathmandu (Nepal)

ASIA / Nepal

Performance: »Malini. The Princess of Garden«
Theatre village, Kathmandu, Nepal

Malini (The Princess of Garden) is a poetic play by Rabindranath Tagore which advocates for love and compassion against hatred and revenge. It has connection to Nepal and especially to Nepali Buddhist scriptures. It is said to have been adapted from the Buddhist legend of Mahavastu Avadana which Tagore found in his friend Rajendralal Mitra’s The Sanskit Buddhist Literature in Nepal. The play deals with the historical conflict between the age old Brahminism and newly introduced Buddhism.

»The princess of Garden«
Referent: Bimal Subedi (Nepal)

Facilitator: Bimal Subedi, Kathmandu, Nepal Bimal Subedi, director and founder of the theatre group Theatre Village from Kathmandu, introduces in this workshop Nepali theatre culture from different perspective: traditional, rituals and folk forms of the theatre. Participants will learn their bodies as emotional architecture through sensitization, relaxation, concentration and breath techniques. The workshop will be held in English.


»FREMDE SPIELEN. (Amateur)Theater transkulturell.«

In cooperation with the Centre of Competence for Theatre (CCT) of the University of Leipzig.

With: Günther Heeg, Patrick Primavesi, Veronika Darian, Micha Braun, Andrea Hensel, Stephan Schnell and students of the theatre studies at the University of Leipzig

The conference will focus on fundamental questions and aspects of transcultural theatre work in the post-migrant society: amateur theatre as a medium of transcultural education, dramaturgies, formats and models of (amateur) theatre in a transcultural perspective, theatre work with children and young people, with refugees and transgenerational theatre. During the conference, participants can expect lectures, a panel discussion and audience talks on the invited productions.


Festival 2017

Frank Grünert

Festival director & organisation in Rudolstadt

Stephan Schnell

Artistic direction

Darina Startseva


Steffen Hirsch


Mathias Baier

Festival design

Imke Bachmann


Theater Rudolstadt

Stage Technology

theater-spiel-laden Rudolstadt

Service & group support


Festival promoter




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HINWEIS! Die Workshops finden parallel statt. Es kann für die Festivaldauer immer nur ein Workshop gewählt werden.
Die Teilnahmegebühr am Workshop beinhaltet ein Festivalticket, dass für den Besuch aller Performances und zur Nutzung des Festival-Caterings, bestehend aus Mittag- und Abendessen, berechtigt.