Photo by Mostafa Abdel Aty
The Schaubühne’s Festival International Neue Dramatik is in its 16th year and better than ever. What started as a chance to let young playwrights shine in a scene dominated by directors has become one of the leading international festivals in Berlin, with heavy hitters like Milo Rau and Romeo Castellucci alongside emerging international artists from Egypt (The Last Supper), Iran (Hearing), Sweden (Wild Minds) and many more.
Rau will premiere the second instalment of his “European Trilogy”, The Dark Ages (Apr 16-17, 20:00). As the bonds that tie Europe together grow increasingly strained, Rau’s Serbian, Bosnian, Russian and German actors bring these questions down to the human scale. His trademark researched-to death documentary style is underscored by the avant-garde Slovenian band Laibach, the first Western rock group to play Pyongyang, North Korea.
Meanwhile, Castellucci usually cuts a controversial figure – we’ve found his work to be at once inscrutable and sublime. F.I.N.D. presents his adaptation of the second book of ethics by Spinoza, Natura e origine della menete (Apr 15, 19:00, 21:30; Apr 16, 18:00, 22:30. The philosopher argues that minds are not separate from bodies and that human beings are not separate from the rest of nature. And so provocateur Castellucci stages a conversation between a woman hanging from a wire by just her fingertip and a shaggy black dog.
All performances will be shown with English surtitles at the Schaubühne, Kurfürstendamm 153, Charlottenburg, U-Bhf Adenauer Platz.