01 – 09 May 2020
From Goethe Institut
Special edition from 1 to 9 May 2020
For the first time, the Theatertreffen will be hosted online. We will present six productions from our selection of 10 as on-demand recordings for a period of 24 hours each. Live talks with artists involved in the production and the audience give an opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas. These screenings will be complemented by the TT Context-programme “UnBoxing Stages – Digital Practice in the Theatre”.
Saturday, 02 May 2020, 01:00 am
By William Shakespeare
with extracts from “Die Hamletmaschine” by Heiner Müller
Translation by Angela Schanelec and Jürgen Gosch
Script by Jeroen Versteele
3sat recording “Starke Stücke”, 124 min, in German
King Hamlet is dead, murdered by his brother Claudius who has taken over the throne. Young Hamlet decides to search for explanations and a morally consistent strategy. In Johan Simons’ reduced production of Shakespeare’s classic play, Sandra Hüller is a radically honest Hamlet. On an almost empty stage, steeped in a harsh white light, she sets out to penetrate a thick web of lies, manipulation and power-struggles. At her side: Gina Haller as a realist, laid-back Ophelia in personal union with Horatio.
Sunday, 03 May 2020, 01:00 am
Anatomie eines Suizids (Anatomy of a Suicide)
By Alice Birch
Director Katie Mitchell
German Premiere 17 October 2019
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg
Recording of the dress rehearsal, 104 min, in German
What can you do when depression rules your life? Clara, the mother, is the first who cannot escape desperation and takes her own life. Her daughter Anna first turns to drugs and then commits suicide, too. Will Anna’s daughter Bonnie manage to break through this familial destiny? Katie Mitchell has staged Alice Birch’s intricately constructed play as a sombre, precise parallel montage in which the three women’s journeys through life are artfully correlated. A show about failure and success.
Monday, 04 May 2020, 01:00 am
Die Kränkungen der Menschheit
A production by Anta Helena Recke with the Münchner Kammerspiele in co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg) and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt)
World Premiere 26 September 2019 (Munich)
65 min, in German
How often do we think about the mechanisms of our perception, about what the way that we look at and interpret things may say about our own viewing habits and imprints? In this almost contemplative production, Anta Helena Recke creates three staged experimental set-ups that are open to interpretation and where images, sounds and movements play the starring role. Among other issues, the show deals with a reflection on our own gaze and the notions that constitute humanity. And, not least, with rethinking the theatre as the art of looking.
Wed 06 May 2020, 01:00 am
Süßer Vogel Jugend (Sweet Bird of Youth)
By Tennessee Williams
German translation by Nina Adler
Premiere 6 April 2019
110 min, in German with English subtitle
Failed actor Chance Wayne returns to his home town with the ageing theatre diva Alexandra del Lago by his side. His teenage sweetheart Heavenly lives here and he wants to win her back. Except there’s one thing he does not know: Her father has a score to settle with him. Claudia Bauer and her cast capture the characters’ self-dramatisations and proceed to exhibit them in all their ludicrousness and cruelty with relish and great entertainment value.
Thurs 07 May 2020, 01:00 am
Chinchilla Arschloch, waswas (Chinchilla Arsehole, eyey)
By Rimini Protokoll (Helgard Haug)
A production by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), Schauspiel Frankfurt and Rimini Apparat in co-production with Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) and HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)
World premiere 11 April 2019 (Frankfurt)
93 min, in German with English subtitles
It is not uncommon for actors to break character onstage. But what if this happens unintentionally, when a tic breaks through? Three people who live with Tourette’s are onstage, investigating just how much unpredictability the theatre can stand. Helgard Haug has created a space with and for her protagonists that provides clearly defined acting situations as well as creative leeway, submitting conventions of the stage to a humorous scrutiny.
Sat 09 May 2020, 01:00 am
The Vacuum Cleaner
By Toshiki Okada
From the Japanese by Andreas Regelsberger
World premiere 12 December 2019
98 min, in German with English subtitle
Homare is a “hikikomori”: She has withdrawn from society and hardly ever leaves her room. What does her life under one roof with her 80-year-old father, her brother and his ex-colleague from the Amazon warehouse look like? Toshiki Okada carefully examines a social phenomenon of today’s Japanese society. His distinctive movement vocabulary runs asynchronously with the text and is not only fascinating to look at, but also sets the internal and external realities of his characters into a peculiar relationship with each other.
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