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To Whom Does the Stage Belong?

02-16-2011 02:43 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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HEIMSPIEL 2011 - A discourse on aesthetics and practice in contemporary theatre
From 29 March to 3 April, 2011, the German Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with Schauspiel Köln will present a six-day festival with a symposium, workshops and more than 100 guests from the fields of theatre, art, architecture and performance, as well as theatre scholars and media theorists.

HEIMSPIEL 2011 will present six guest performances that are as unique as the people with whom they were created.

The festival’s theatre programme focuses on artists and teams that have come up with surprising forms for the material of their research work that frequently lasted several months. In “Der Dritte Weg”, the team of directors, Nina Gühlstorff and Dorothea Schroeder, stage a theatrical demonstration for Cologne with actors and contemporary witnesses from Jena that starts with the re-enactment of a march in 1989 and ends in the middle of present-day political culture. In “Trollmanns Kampf – Mer Zikrales”, Björn Bicker and Marc Prätsch translate the story of a Sinto-German boxer into a spectacular show performed by young Sinti, actors and actresses, and musicians. The Belgian director Pol Heyvaert tells of the life plans, visions and dreams of young people with fifteen teenagers in the production “Fuck My Life”. The company les ballets C de de la B
(Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke) choreographically deals with the experiences of transvestites and other outsiders in “Gardenia”. The Argentine-born director Mariano Pensotti presents a new version of his installation “Sometimes I think, I can see you” in Cologne. With “Susan & Darren”, Quarantine and Company Fierce invite the audience to a party with a British working-class family. The productions are staged in the Schauspielhaus, the Schlosserei and in Halle Kalk, but also in the streets of Cologne’s old town, in churches and in a metro station.

Symposium on theatre practice

Under the motto “Transformations”, the first day of the HEIMSPIEL symposium will be dedicated to the confrontation between reality and art in theatre. How does theatre set itself in relation to reality and how is it changed by reality? The opening lecture will be given by the director Dirk Pauwels. In the framework of an art-critical panel, Hans-Thies Lehmann and Diedrich Diederichsen will discuss questions related to aesthetics.
The second day of the symposium is under the heading “Never waste a good crisis”.
The introductory lecture will be delivered by the Australian-Dutch media theorist and critic Geert Lovink. On a political panel, theatre directors and directors will discuss the possible consequences of contemporary theatre practice: How do municipal theatres respond to the needs of artists? Where do alliances exist that open up the theatre for new audiences?
Finally, the third day of the symposium addresses new models of exchange. Under the motto “New ways of production”, a large-scale lab will offer international theatre directors and curators the opportunity to present residents theatres, curator collectives, research and theatre labs.

Work meeting for professionals

The start of the entire HEIMSPIEL 2011 programme is made by a series of six workshops held by well-known artists, architects and theatre professionals such as Daniel Wetzel / Rimini Protokoll (Berlin), Signa & Arthur Köstler (Copenhagen), Björn Bicker (Munich), Quan Bui Ngoc von les ballets C de la B (Gent), Mauricio Brandão & Rodrigo Araújo / BijaRi (São Paulo) and Pol Heyvaert (Gent). They offer theatre professionals the opportunity to discuss issues of project work and elaborate specific project ideas based on examples.

We kindly ask for publication in the media. Further information on the programme and registration for the symposium and the workshops, as well as photos for downloading, can be found at www.heimspiel2011.de

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time from now on.

HEIMSPIEL 2011 is the third and last event on the HEIMSPIEL Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation – and an invitation to raise questions, meet artists, colleagues and accomplices, and make new discoveries.

PR contact HEIMSPIEL 2011
Ursula Teich, KOMED GmbH
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Köln
E-mail: presse@heimspiel2011.de
Tel: +49(0)221-5743112

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