Who’s in?

More than a scene meeting?

What is the goal of theater performances? To entertain, to reflect upon society –, to evoke emotions? What counts is not only what and who plays on stage, but also who is allowed and able to sit in the audience. Access to culture still depends too much on education, and social and cultural background. Not everyone can afford a ticket for a seat in the theater, nor does everyone have the time to sacrifice an evening – for many, this clashes with everyday obligations, part-time jobs, children, or care work.  

Another challenge is getting to know the codes, the language of the theater. What some people take for granted – because their parents or acquaintances are theater-goers themselves – is a new world for others, in which they first have to find their way around. Can I go to the bathroom during the performance? Are jeans enough, or is that too casual? Can I leave if I don’t like it? Do I have to leave my jacket at the checkroom, or can I stuff it under the seat? Should I feel small and uneducated as a working-class kid who grew up watching private TV channels rather than theater, because I’d never heard of „Waiting for Godot“ or Castorf before studying theater? 

Am I allowed to think that a performance was bad? Boring? Exaggerated? Do the others understand even half of what they just saw on stage, or is it just me? I used to find fault within myself: I know too little, I have informed myself too little, I am culturally uneducated. Today, I know: many only hide their lack of knowledge better, but don’t actually know more. And even if they did: Theater should be a place of exchange, of collisions, of learning –- a judgment-free space, that invites all who are interested to participate in it, at all levels. Let’s see how this year’s Theatertreffen implements that.


Klaudia Lagozinski

Klaudia Lagozinski, Jahrgang 1994, spricht an den meisten Tagen drei Sprachen, liebt das Reisen und mag das Schreiben. Sie arbeitet als Nachrichtenchefin für taz.de und als freie Kulturjournalistin. Vor wenigen Jahren rutschte sie in ein Dasein als Digital Nomad ab und fühlt sich seitdem in dieser Rolle ziemlich wohl. Zuhause ist für sie kein Ort, sondern ein Gefühl Sie studierte Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Theater und Kulturjournalismus in Berlin und ging während dieser Zeit häufig ins Theater. Außerdem studierte sie in Uppsala, Schweden, und verbrachte dort viel Zeit in Wäldern und am Lagerfeuer.
Klaudia Lagozinski, born in 1994, speaks three languages most days, loves to travel and enjoys writing. She works at the news desk for taz.de and as a freelance culture journalist. A few years ago, she slipped into an existence as a digital nomad and has felt quite comfortable in this role ever since. For her, home is not a place, but a feeling. She studied social and Cultural Anthropology, Theatre and Cultural Journalism in Berlin and was a frequent theatregoer. She also studied in Uppsala, Sweden, and spent a lot of time there in forests and around campfires.

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