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Season 2021/22

Who wants to act, needs dreams. For this we write plays and music. New ones every year, and different ones every year. Our dream remains, it tells of a fair life also for others who have fewer opportunities than us. The future begins now and through us, for a world without climate catastrophes, poverty and injustice. For this it needs a lot of inspiration, music, stories and of course and not least humor.  

So our theme is transformation – in ourselves, in society, economy, culture (institutions). To this end, we have invented eleven plays and series. Some are explicitly about climate change, like the performance series with THE PRESENT and NEW SONGS FROM THE EARTH with the STEGREIF.orchester, activists and initiatives from Berlin and the surrounding area.

Other productions revolve around aspects of change on further levels.

We begin with an incomparable experience under the stars: GIOVANNI.EINE PASSION asked about the possibilities and limits of self-awareness and self-expression. BERLIN KARL-MARX-PLATZ sings the “love song” of a young couple in Neukölln at the beginning of the 90s, when suddenly there was only one system of values and society. DER MANN DER SICH BEETHOVEN NANNTE comes back after two centuries, hears himself again in a completely different musical language and asks questions: about our cultural life and how far we have come with his credo of equality, freedom and justice. EINE STIMME FÜR DEUTSCHLAND plays through oblique positions and motifs of the last election campaign once again in all musical registers, lusty, cheeky and absolutely non-pc. LILI recalls the fascinating work and life of Lili Boulanger – why must such talents die at 24? And why are female composers so little performed to this day? With SCHÖNER WOHNEN Amy Stebbins and Sir Henry perform contemporary and rent-cap-misery-compatible Tiny Apartment. 25 years of vibrant, exemplary collaboration for hands-on education: On the occasion of 25 years of cooperation with the UdK degree program Musical/Show, the team Zaufke & Lund confronts us in PARADISE LOST with the beauties, challenges and dangers of the art form musical. MEXICO AURA connects Berlin with Mexico and a globalized, post(?)colonial world in an international MusikTanzTheater at the Humboldt Forum. A play around art objects, myths and everyday reality between prehispanic sounds and modern sounds of the young composer Diana Syrse. 

Three program series spanning and deepening the season play selected venues as new stages in the city: the finalist production of comPOSITION, our BERLINER OPERNPREIS, invites you to the Kulturstall Britz, including a supporting program. The new cooperation with the vocal ensemble THE PRESENT creates performative programs on climate change at different locations. Our WUNDERKAMMER-series – where music and current science combine to create a different view of the world – invites curious audiences to special “resonance spaces,” including the Prinzessinnengarten Neukölln, the Altes Museum in Mitte, and the Oriental Garden in Marzahn.

Photo: Maya Alban-Zapata and Christian Kerepeszki in Der Mann der sich Beethoven nannte | © Matthias Heyde

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