NOVEMBER 1 TO 11 // MÜNCHNER KAMMERSPIELE AND PARTNER
month, “Politik im Freien Theater” will be coming to Bavaria and
Munich for the first time. The festival is a mirror of current
political and social conditions
an overview of contemporary
theatre aesthetics. This year’s edition –
the 10th in total –
“Rich”. It unearths questions about economic, cultural and social
inequalities. The gap between “poor” and “rich” is widening
more and more –
on a local, national and global scale. The festival highlights social
disparities in Germany and Europe, as well as focusing on the
situation in the Bavarian capital. The refugee issue in particular
clearly shows how a post-colonial situation, which can only be
understood on a global scale, becomes visible through local events.
jury of seven set out on a journey across Europe for more than a
year. At the end of their research, a selection of 14 plays in total
made from the independent German-speaking and international theatre
present current and evocative
a clever, provocative
way and the result is
both stimulating and
mould-breaking. With She She Pop, Gob Squad and Rimini Protokoll (the
latter represented by two works invited by the Münchner Kammerspiele
outside the regular guest programme) a number of forerunners and
stars from the independent scene will perform
Munich. Their productions explore
a range of topics such as: people
who can afford their own apartment thanks to an inheritance, while
others have to spend half of their net income on rent;
large construction sites that
have spun out of control through
corruption, inscrutable conflicts of interest and simple botch-ups;
and ideals of beauty, narcissism,
and selfie madness in the midst of the
capitalist logic of exploitation.
new and less well-known names can also be discovered. The
Korean-Dutch director Jaha Koo hacks into the voice menus and the
digital displays of three rice cookers and tells how the policies of
the International Monetary Fund in his home country has triggered a
wave of suicides. The Swiss theatre collective Thom Truong divides up
the audience according to the colour of their eyes. With
the greatest intensity, they
confront visitors with privileges that seem so self-evident, they are
not even aware of them. The Brussels group Berlin portrays a couple
living in the restricted area
that is radioactively contaminated.
the most adverse conditions, they manage to preserve something like
autonomy and love. Beside the guest performances, a wide-ranging
programme offers many opportunities to expand knowledge, discover new
perspectives and to put beliefs to the test in film screenings,
readings, lectures, discussions, workshops, walking tours,
exhibitions, concerts and much more. In addition, an extensive school
and youth programme is aimed specifically at teachers and pupils of
all school types.
16 guest appearances, as well as the accompanying programme,
can be seen at venues all over Munich. The venues include the
Münchner Kammerspiele, the Schauburg, the Muffatwerk, PATHOS / heavy
riders, HochX, Harry Klein Club and many more.
“Politik im Freien Theater” is organised every three years by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb in different cities and in cooperation with a city or state theatre and a figure from the independent scene.
Further information (available in German only): www.politikimfreientheater.de
Tickets for every event are bookable online or via phone. The Festivalpass (valid for up to 10 events) can only be booked via phone at the box office: 089 / 233 966 00 (Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm)
10TH FESTIVAL POLITIK IM FREIEN THEATER is a Cooperation Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb with Münchner Kammerspiele and Spielmotor München e.V. The
Festival is supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Munich.
Supported by PwC-Stiftung; Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung; Goethe-Institut; NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Gastspielförderung Theater, funded by Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the ministries of culture and art of the German states.