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Women Directors

A male profession in female hands

13. May to 12 June 2011
Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Blackbox
In cooperation with the Akademie der Künste

Opening 12 May, 16:00, Clubraum/Blackbox
with Christina Haberlik, Reinhild Hoffmann, Petra Kohse, Iris Laufenberg and others

“Of course women belong in the theatre. Up on stage – not down at the director’s desk!” There are still a lot of theatre people who think like director Christina Paulhofer’s father, who is himself an actor. But why? Because directing means having to take responsibility and make decisions? Because it’s a matter of creating an artistic world? Or because the work often starts after the kindergarten shuts?

For her project ‘Women Directors’ theatre expert and journalist Christina Haberlik has invited almost forty female directors to step in front of her camera and asked them about their careers, their artistic work and their experiences as woman in this particular professional arena. They include Reinhild Hoffmann, Christine Mielitz, Anna Badora, Anna Viebrock, Andrea Breth, Katharina Thalbach, Doris Dörrie, Barbara Frey, Karin Beier, Christina Paulhofer, Frederike Heller, Katharina Wagner and Jette Steckel.

She has discovered that for all their differences, there are shared attitudes and experiences which allow the interviewees to be categorized into four generations: the “pioneers”, the “achievers”, those who have “arrived” and the “directors of today and tomorrow”, whose route into the theatre is no longer a struggle – although the fact that theatre overall has lost some of its social significance is a contributory factor here.

The exhibition ‘Women Directors’, transferred from the Munich Theatre Museum in a new configuration, is a snapshot of the world of the theatre from a female perspective as well as a panorama of intimate and unposed views of a good three dozen leading theatre and opera directors of the present day – a series of personal statements which are as lively and debateable, as inspiring and irritating as the artists and their works themselves.

The exhibition catalogue is published by the Henschel Verlag.


Accompanying the exhibition, which has been co-produced by the Akademie der Künste and the Theatertreffen/Berliner Festspiele, the following three events will take place:

Mon 16 May 2011 | 10:00 bis 17:00
Strategy Workshop by the Swedish Women’s Theatre Network W.I.S.P. (Women In Swedish Performing Arts)
Venue: Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, plenary hall, 11015 Berlin
Information and registration by 8th May via Mareike Röper:

Wed 18 May 2011 | 18:00
Feminism – Today a Dirty Word
Discussion with director Karin Beier publisher Margarita Tsomou and playwrights Marlene Streeruwitz and Kathrin Röggla
chaired by Thea Dorn
Venue: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin

Sat 21 May | 19:00
Fucking Feminists!
Discussion with Christina von Braun, Marlene Streeruwitz, Jutta Brückner, Ines Kappert and Georg Seeßlen
Afterwards film
Women Art Revolution
By L. H. Leeson, USA 2010, OF, 83 min
Admission € 5.00, reduced € 3.00
Venue: Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, plenary hall, 11015 Berlin

Fri 10 June 2011 | 20:00
Why Music Theatre?
A conversation with Academy members Andrea Breth (tbc), Doris Dörrie (tbc), Reinhild Hoffmann and Jürgen Flimm on approaches to opera and finding new individual forms of storytelling.
Admission € 5.00, reduced € 3.00
Venue: Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, plenary hall, 11015 Berlin

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