Berlin’s Theatertreffen opens (May 6 – 22, 2016)
This festival is a platform for theater of the German-speaking countries organized each year in May or June by Berliner Festspiele. Every year, about seven theater critics from the German-speaking countries team with the Theatertreffen artistic director to view performances staged in Austria, Switzerland and Germany over the period of 66 weeks to 14 weeks before the festival to select ten of the year’s most outstanding works of theater in German. To the directors of the ten selected works are sent statements of the reason for selection by each of the critics on the selection committee. Last year, 38 nominees were selected from 394 performances in 59 cities in the German-speaking countries, before a careful judging for the ten final selections. The following are this year’s selected works.
1) Effi Briest – although with a different text and a different melody directed by Clemens Sienknecht and Barbara Bürk (Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Germany)
2) An Enemy of the People directed by Stefan Pucher (Schauspielhaus Zürich, Switzerland)
3) John Gabriel Borkman directed by Simon Stone (Burgtheater im Akademietheater, Vienna, Austria)
4) Tripping Stones State Theatre directed by Hans-Werner Kroesinger (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Germany)
5) The Situation directed by Yael Ronen (Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, Germany)
6) Tyrannis written and directed by Ersan Mondtag (Staatstheater Kassel, Germany)
7) Fathers and Sons directed by Daniela Löffner (Deutsches Theater Berlin, Germany)
8) Middle Rich directed by Anna-Sophie Mahler (Münchner Kammerspiele, Germany)
9) And the Ship Sails On directed by Karin Beier (Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Germany)
10) der die mann directed by Herbeert Fritsch (Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin)
This theater meeting is held every year in Berlin in May since 1963. From among the roughly 2,000 theater productions performed each year in the German-speaking countries of Austria, Switzerland and Germany, a jury of freelance theater critic selects ten outstanding works to be invited to this festival, which has gained a reputation as a proving ground for young theater makers.
During the festival period, the organizers of the Theatertreffen, the Berliner Festspiele, cooperates with the Head Office of the Munich Goethe Institute and Switzerland’s Arts Council Pro Helvetia to organize two weeks of workshops known as the International Forum. This forum is attended by theater makers under the age of 35, not only from the German-speaking countries but also from other countries around the world. With introductions of scripts and discussions, the forum serves as a platform for young theater people.