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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 Theatre & Dance

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

Larger-than-life sets, nudity and chicken suits: Get ready for Theatertreffen, your annual cheat sheet to what’s hot in German theatre – May 6-21. more

May 3, 2017 2:00 PM Theatre & Dance

Theatertreffen Blog: In a TRANS-

Lily Kelting concludes her Theatertreffen Blog contribution with a look at the Stückemarkt's "TRANS-" and a rumination on the power of language. more

May 30, 2016 12:30 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: The ethics of open questions

For a close, Lily Kelting delivers a think-piece on one of Theatertreffen's most derided plays: Ersan Mondtag's "Tyrannis". And she actually didn't hate it. more

May 23, 2016 4:30 PM The Theatertreffen Blog 2 Comments

Theatertreffen Blog: Many untold stories

Who are some of the most fascinating people at this year's Theatertreffen? Our stage editor found one of them. Lily Kelting talks with actor Yousef Sweid about living and working as an Israeli-Palestinian actor in the Hauptstadt. more

May 17, 2016 11:00 AM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: On arriving

Lily Kelting is up and running (or up and sitting) at Theatertreffen at this point, checking out the best German theatre has to offer. Her first forays? Two plays dealing with "Migrationshintergrund"... more

May 9, 2016 3:20 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: Greetings!

Stage editor Lily Kelting says a quick "hallo" before she ships off to Theatertreffen, where she'll be reporting on 16 days of Germany's top theatre from the front lines. Here's what to expect. more

May 4, 2016 1:30 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Starting this Fri, May 6, it’s the Super Bowl of German theatre, a two-week celebration of 10 top plays – and this year, for the first time ever, Theatertreffen has reached gender parity. Here are the women to watch. Through May 22. more

May 2, 2016 12:15 PM Theatre & Dance

Theatertreffen blog: Baby's first Castorf

This year's Theatertreffen went out with a bang. Sunday's presentation of Baal was the last hurrah for Frank Castorf's controversial production, Castorf added numerous other texts to the original play. Rebecca Jacobson was witness to the madness. more

May 20, 2015 3:30 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: Party Poopers – “Das Fest”

After digging herself out from underneath all the confetti, stage editor Rebecca Jacobson finds that "Das Fest" comes up empty. more

May 17, 2015 3:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen blog out loud: John Gabriel Borkman audio review

Hear our voice of the Theatertreffen! Our stage editor Rebecca Jacobson and Annegret Märten from the TT-Blog sat down with theatre blogger and academic Holger Syme to discuss Karin Henkel’s production of “John Gabriel Borkman”. more

May 15, 2015 12:30 PM , The Theatertreffen Blog

Mixing "Heart of Darkness" and "Apocalypse Now" with current events like piracy in Somalia and the Afghan war, playwright Lotz brings his anarchic production "Die lächerliche Finsternis" to Theatertreffen on May 13 and 14 at Berliner Festspiele. more

May 11, 2015 1:30 PM Theatre & Dance

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Come on in, the water’s fine

Theatertreffen Blog: Come on in, the water’s fine

Rebecca's still wading the Theatertreffen waters: Far away in Pankow, in an imposing sandstone stairwell, director Thom Luz spins stories of cannibalism and sea cows into theatrical cotton candy. more

May 9, 2015 3:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave

Belgian theater maker Tom Struyf closed the Stückemarkt with a work that blended storytelling, video interviews and dance. Rebecca Jacobson was won over. more

May 7, 2015 11:45 AM The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: Burning down the house

A conversation about “The State”: For her first official dispatch from Theatertreffen, Rebecca teams up with her fellow (German) blogger, Annegret Märten, for an exchange on the audience behaviour of the participatory play. more

May 4, 2015 4:30 PM , The Theatertreffen Blog

Theatertreffen Blog: German theatre's Super Bowl

Our stage editor Rebecca Jacobson would like to say hello before she takes us through the journey of the 52nd Theatertreffen – Germany's largest theatre festival. Find out what to expect and watch this space for more big game blogging. more

Apr 30, 2015 12:00 PM The Theatertreffen Blog

From prescription pills to smartphones, from booze to Botox, Berlin's got addictions aplenty – what's yours? Read all about it in our addiction issue, on newsstands now. more

Apr 29, 2015 12:00 PM Features

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