Lear goes She She Pop

Tuesday 10 May 2011

The feminist theatre collective She She Pop has been invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen for the first time, but with "Testament" a piece about their fathers, of all things. Appearing on stage with their fathers and using recordings of off-stage dialogues, the collective employs its signature confrontational style to examine the poignant and implosive issues inherent to the unspoken contract between generations. By Katrin Bettina Müller
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Self-censorship in major and minor

Wednesday 27 September, 2006

The cancellation of the Mozart opera "Idomeneo" in Berlin's Deutsche Oper for fear of reprisals from the Muslim community has unleashed a storm of protest. Harald Jähner, feuilleton editor of the Berliner Zeitung, finds the opera house's decision not only cowardly but dangerous.
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20 kilos of drama

Tuesday 2 May, 2006

Berlin's favourite Russian writer Wladimir Kaminer sat on the scriptwriting jury at this year's Theatertreffen festival. He recounts the horrors of reading plays by the kilo and reminisces about his own dubious-sounding contributions to the dramatic arts.

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Disillusioned but not disoriented

Thursday 27 October, 2005

Thomas Ostermeier, director at Berlin's Schaubühne, has staged "Hedda Gabler". Henrik Ibsen, he says, has a lot to say about the world as we know it: morally improverished, metaphysically empty but not without hope.
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Fighting in the sandbox

Tuesday 15 March, 2005

Is there an East / West war in German theatre? Is the Berlin Cultural Senator an agent of sinister socialist forces? Is a new Wall going up in the capital? Or are budget cuts finally bringing together what belong together? A report from the Berlin battlefield. By Peter Kümmel.
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