from the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele
We, the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele, would like to express our disappointment at the announced ending of Matthias Lilienthal's direction of our theatre.
The quest for relevant and contemporary social content, work structures, and aesthetic forms is the material of our everyday dialogue. It requires curiosity, concentration, and continuity - and asks for your trust in our efforts.
We believe that the role of a government-funded theatre is to be a place of reflection and departure, not a bastion of affirmation. Where, if not here, is it more fitting to playfully dare for uncertainty, for utopia, for experimentation? - When, if not now, in a time when fear digs deep trenches through our society?
It seems especially important at this time to include and reflect a diversity of perspectives and languages in order to take care of this theatre as a place of encounter.
We think that in the last two and a half years we have demonstrated a diverse artistic output in response to the evolving city of Munich; contemporary German and international politics; and the aesthetics of theatre-making in the 21st century.
The critical successes of some of our productions and the diversifying of our audience reinforce this view.
The Münchner Kammerspiele was always a theatre of renewal. Every new artistic team required time to find a shared language. Every new beginning required time for this language to be understood by the audience. The new is not a finished product that can simply be ordered and consumed immediately. It needs to be discovered.
In our opinion, the decision not to support Lilienthal's direction undermines the spirit of the theatre. It sabotages our quest and ensnares us half way along in our efforts. One might get the impression that it could make us disappear immediately. But the opposite is the case. We will not cease, at this time or in the future, to rehearse, to experiment, and to search for new encounters with you. That is our passion and our vocation. And we hope, for this theatre and for this city, that the tradition of the Kammerspiele, a tradition of renewal, will not end beyond us.
Gro Swantje Kohlhof
Letter of support to Matthias Lilienthal
As we heard the news concerning your departure from The Münchner Kammerspiele in 2020, we, The Open Border Ensemble felt the urge to express to you our solidarity and full support.
The artistic vision, experimental projects and international achievements you have been offering to this city institution are in our eyes obvious challenges that you and your team have accepted to face when you arrived.
We are grateful to be part of those transformations without which no change and concrete openness is likely to happen in conservative societies. We will continue to contribute to it and shape it, would it only be by our daily work in the theatre and interaction withthe other employees. We are excited in pursuing our common goals with you and acknowledge the inspiring trust you have given us.
With our gratitude,
On behalf of The Open Border Ensemble