Featured: Volksbühne and Frank Castorf (Berlin, Germany)

VOLKSBÜHNE AM ROSA-LUXEMBURG-PLATZ A Theatre of the People The Volksbühne in the centre of Berlin is one of the leading and most innovative theatres of both Berlin and Germany. It was established in 1914 as a result of a grassroots people’s movement. Erwin Piscator, in the 1920s, and Benno Besson, in the 1970s, had a huge influence on the theatre. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Frank Castorf became director-general. He turned it into perhaps the most successful, but certainly the most controversial theatre in reunified Germany. A Theatre of Directors With its paradoxical objectives to be élitist and populist, eccentric and appealing to the masses, it simultaneously radiates a mood of awakening and the awareness of futility; it tears down the classical limits of the theatre, but also co...

Touring: Meg Stuart’s 2009 ›Do Animals Cry‹

In her new work ›Do Animals Cry‹, American choreographer Meg Stuart explores the complexities of family relationships. This is how it starts: people in pyjamas and slippers are panting. A family – is it really a family? – quietly gone sour. They fool around in variable poses: father, mother or sibling. They are called Frank and Frankie-Boy, Frankie-Fucker, Little Shit or Honey. To name just one, the others have their own set of nicknames. Decent families know how to communicate without anybody noticing. In the games they play, everybody defends his right on regression, on sleepwalking blindness and hidden frailty. In a room filled with memories, new candidates make their way in every day exchanging dreams and disappointments. No need for a fixed role, without being asked, they slide in and...

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