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The Volksbühne drama: Frank Castorf is out after 25 years, former Tate Modern director Chris Dercon is in. Theater scholar and curator Evelyn Annuß is the woman who initiated the petition against the changes. We ask her what she hopes to accomplish. more

Sep 7, 2017 3:30 PM Stage

The Volksbühne opens on Tempelhofer Feld on Sun, Sep 10. Here are some thoughts about the Volksbühne from an ambivalent Anglophone editor. more

Sep 5, 2017 12:00 PM Stage 1 Comments

Tanz im August: O bella ciao, bella ciao

Lily Kelting got involved with the marchers of Anne Collod’s replay of Anna Halprin’s 1967 "Blank Placard Dance". Was it revolutionary? more

Aug 29, 2017 4:15 PM The Berlin Blog 2 Comments

Tanz im August: Together apart

Lily Kelting checks out the loveably split "Jessica and me" from Cristiana Morganti. more

Aug 22, 2017 4:40 PM The Berlin Blog

Tanz im August: The art of homage

Homages abound at Tanz im August, especially in regards to the Japanese dance form of butoh. Lily Kelting checks out two: one a copy of late butoh master Kazuo Ohno and another a queer reading of the "Orientalist hoochie coochie show". more

Aug 21, 2017 3:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Tanz im August: Layered connections

What does it mean to be an interracial couple 50 years after the US Loving case? Is this discussion still necessary?? Definitely, say Brenda Dixon-Gottschild and Hellmut Gottschild in their episodic piece “In Bodies We Trust”. Lily Kelting explains. more

Aug 16, 2017 11:00 AM The Berlin Blog

Tanz im August: We’re back, y’all!

Lily Kelting returns as our dedicated Tanz im August blogger: Last year she got sweat upon and brought home confetti in her bra. She hopes the 29th Tanz im August is as intimate and impactful. And she's confident it will be. more

Aug 8, 2017 11:30 AM The Berlin Blog

Summer dance festival Tanz im August is back (Aug 11-Sep 2) at venues all over the city. Don't miss a retrospective of Spanish dancer and performance artist La Ribot (highlighted here) and read on for our editor's picks of what to see. more

Aug 8, 2017 11:00 AM Stage

A Garden of Eden for vegetarians, a challenge to those that cherish meat and the opportunity to contemplate cannibalism and vampirism: All this awaited stage editor Lily Kelting at Berlin Food Art Week. It's still on through Jul 14. more

Jul 11, 2017 12:00 PM Stage

Claus Peymann and Robert Wilson out; new artistic director Oliver Reese in. Before the rebranded "neue Berliner Ensemble" takes the stage in September, don't miss the last production of Wilson's "Threepenny Opera" on Jul 1. more

Jun 29, 2017 11:40 AM Stage

The Berliner Festspiele aims for the visceral with their Immersion programme, starting on July 1 with a series of performances and installations at Martin-Gropius-Bau and a mysterious durational piece at an old factory in Reinickendorf. more

Jun 26, 2017 12:00 PM Stage

The effects of the 2008 economic crisis still ripple worldwide. And at this point the American Dream is looking more and more like a nightmare. No time like the present for Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. What did our critic think? On Jun 26-28. more

Jun 20, 2017 2:00 PM Stage

Alexander Karschnia, one-third of the free-scene collective Andcompany&Co, reveals what makes his theatre company tick. more

Jun 12, 2017 1:15 PM Stage

You’ve seen Sasha Waltz’s work all over the city, from Sophiensaele to Berliner Festspiele. Now, the godmother of the Berlin dance scene presents her newest Creation, 12 years in the making at Radialsystem V, Jun 9-11 and 16-18. more

Jun 7, 2017 12:45 PM Stage

Anything goes at this year’s Performing Arts Festival (Jun 13-18), a six-day introduction to the world of independent performance in Berlin. more

Jun 7, 2017 12:30 PM Stage

Theatertreffen Blog: An annotated playlist

For the festival’s closure, Lily Kelting comes up with 10 reflections on the musical side of this year’s Theatertreffen. Spotify playlist included! more

May 22, 2017 2:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

INTERVIEW: Native Berliner Ersan Mondtag returns to Theatertreffen with the post-apocalyptic "Die Vernichtung" (The Extermination). Catch it May 20 and 21 (with English surtitles) at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. more

May 17, 2017 1:45 PM Stage

Theatertreffen Blog: Free hugs in a one-room democracy

Can free hugs make a better world? Probably not. But they do feel good. Berlin’s Social Muscle Club invited guests from their now-global network to host a give-and-take performance as part of the new "Shifting Perspectives" platform. more

May 17, 2017 1:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

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"Three Sisters". Photo by Sandra Then

Theatertreffen Blog: First world problems

Welcome to the 2017 Theatertreffen Blog! Our stage editor, Lily Kelting, looks back at the opening weekend’s productions – and discovers two bold, but utterly different artistic positions about the state of things. more

May 10, 2017 2:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Frank Castorf ’s seven-hour "Faust" is his last lap before the Volksbühne sells its soul. But is it any good? Find out and then catch May 12, 14, 26 and 27. more

May 10, 2017 1:00 PM Stage

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