Familienkunde

Die finnisch-estnische Erfolgsautorin Sofi Oksanen eröffnet mit ihrem Stück “Fegefeuer” den Stückemarkt des Theatertreffens. Es beleuchtet die Schattenseiten des noch jungen Staates Estland, aus dem ein großer Teil ihrer Familie stammt. Ein Porträt zum Anhören.

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Verarbeitet Geschichte in ihren Stücken: die finnisch-estnische Autorin Sofi Oksanen. Foto: Jan Zappner

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“Someone has to do dark”

Woman and foreigner: British theatre director Katie Mitchell is a double minority at the German Theatertreffen. Her very first production in Germany – Franz Xaver Kroetz’ “Wunschkonzert” at the Cologne Schauspiel – has been invited to this year’s festival. We talked to her about working in Germany, the national peculiarities of cheese sandwiches and the dark side of art. Listen to the podcast!

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A view of one's own: British theatre director Katie Mitchell. Foto: Jan Zappner

How do revolutions repeat themselves in the theatre?

We asked the directors of all the invited productions that will be part of tt09 for a short
article in our blog and put a question to them. Volker Lösch, director of the “Marat”-production that caused a scandal in Hamburg, criticises the term “theatre-revolution”.

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Staged revolution! The choir from Volker Lösch´s production “Marat- or what has happened to our revolution?”

In theatre, there are no revolutions repeating themselves
As there neither have ever been revolutions
Nor will there ever be revolutions in the theatre
Everything revolutionary is basically alien to theatre
Because it only ever deals with
The representative
There is an silent agreement
That revolutions are only ever staged
And even not made for real
Revolutions change that what exists radically
And no-one in the theatre wants that
The theatre-revolution then
Is only a figment of illusion by the press