Endstation Sehnsucht

Theatre in Mexico: A festival about flight, identity and the representability of violence

In view of developments on the borders within and on the fringes of the EU, it seems useful to leave behind the tunnel vision caused by the crisis in Europe, and to broaden our perspective both historically and geographically by looking at a region in which the wealth gap between north and south, flight and migration play a central role. The region in question is Mexico, which has various lines of demarcation that separate the country from the United States in symbolic, political and cultural terms.

From May 2016 to spring 2017, Germany will present a wide range of projects throughout Mexico. And in reverse, Mexico will present its culture in Germany throughout the year. The Münchner Kammerspiele have taken this exchange as an opportunity to initiate the Endstation Sehsucht festival. This series of events provides an insight into the socio-political situation in Mexico and presents selected productions from the area of independent theatre in predominantly European premieres. In addition to guest performances by established groups such as Lagartíjas Tiradas al Sol or Antonia Salinas, the focus is on young directors and performers such as Alberto Villareal and Laura Uribe or Mariana Villegas and Lukas Avendano.

Ángel Hernández, an outstanding representative of a dedicated, site-specific theatre in Mexico, has developed a new work exclusively for the festival. Last autumn starting in Munich, the director travelled along refugee routes on the borders of the EU. With a lecture in the context of the “Welcome Café”, he then presented the results of his research and initiated a performative dialogue with refugees living in Munich. This is a continuation of Ángel Hernández’ long artistic collaboration with migrant workers in Mexican freight trains, whereby he questions the comparability of the situations along the southern borders of Europe and the United States.

In addition to dealing with questions of origin and identity, which are often articulated in post-colonial societies, many of the works being presented here are influenced by an exploration of Mexico’s ubiquitous violence – and thus raise the question of its representability using theatrical means. Can these artistic developments be squared with debates in Germany on new realism and interventionist art?

Curated by Christoph Gurk and Ilona Goyeneche

In cooperation with the Goethe Institute Mexico. Sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. With the support of the Secretaría de Cultura de México and the Instituto Cervantes

Curated by Christoph Gurk and Ilona Goyeneche. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Mexiko. Sponsored by Kulturstiftung des Bundes. With the support of the Secretaría de Cultura de México, Goethe-Institut München and the Instituto Cervantes.

In addition to individual tickets, a FESTIVAL PASS is available from the box office.

FESTIVAL PASS (for 6 days): 60 Euro / discounted 40 Euro

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