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Theatre from European Networks

With its spielzeiteuropa winter season, Berliner Festspiele aims to create an experimental forum for discourse on Europe via the aesthetic means of theatre and dance. Now, for the second spielzeiteuropa season, “Europe” as a structure has become hugely problematic: The discussion on Turkey joining the EU has intensified. Ukraine has undergone its peaceful “orange revolution”. The referenda on the EU Constitution in France and the Netherlands have revealed a striking imbalance between Europe’s political institutions and the population.

Europe thrives on constant change – and spielzeiteuropa would like to provide a stage and an echo chamber for this continuity of change. Many of our new and joint productions have emerged from international working relations and European networks. As well as inside perspectives – as seen in productions from France, Denmark and Great Britain – there are also views of Europe from the periphery. As part of our special focus on Turkey this year, we present a premiere by the choreographer Aydin Teker from Istanbul. A non-European perspective is provided by Theatre X from Tokyo, with Jossi Wieler’s highly acclaimed production “Yotsua Ghost Story”.

For three or four months, spielzeiteuropa will transform the Haus der Berliner Festspiele back into a theatre venue with regular performances. In the 1960s, the Freie Volksbühne under the directorship of Erwin Piscator was one of the most prominent homes of political theatre, with premieres by Peter Weiss, Rolf Hochhuth and Heinar Kipphardt. We hope this theatre will regain its place as a highlight in Berlin’s cultural landscape – and as a permanent address for European theatre.

Joachim Sartorius
Director | Berliner Festspiele
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