Kammer 2

STOLPERSTEINE STAATSTHEATER

DOCUMENTARY THEATRE BY HANS-WERNER KROESINGER

Public space would be almost unthinkable without them, and the area in front of the Staatstheater Karlsruhe is no exception: there lie two Stolpersteine memorial plaques by the Cologne artist Gunter Demnig commemorating the singer Lilly Jankelowitz and the actor Paul Gemmeke, both victims of the Holocaust. They evoke the saddest chapter of German cultural history: theatre, the very site of freedom and the avant-garde, was the first institution to be forced into immediate political conformity after the National Socialists seized power. This was also the case in Karlsruhe, a city that prides itself on being tolerant today – and yet it was the first city with a “Jew-free district”. With “Stolpersteine Staatstheater”, Hans-Werner Kroesinger and Regina Dura, two of the most important independent documentary theatre-makers in Germany, were invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen. The guest production at the Kammerspiele sees itself as a contribution to a debate that has been conducted in a particularly emotional manner in Munich during the past 15 years. The laying of Stolpersteine in public spaces is still prohibited here.

On Friday, the 3th of March, subsequent talk with the audience with: Hans-Werner Kroesinger and Regine Dura (directors), Marian Offman (CSU-City Council and board member of the Israeli Cultural Community) and Jutta Fleckenstein (deputy head of Jüdisches Museums München). Presentation: Prof. Dr. Winfried Nerdinger (head of NS-Dokumentationszentrum München).

With Veronika Bachfischer, Antonia Mohr, Jonathan Bruckmeier, Gunnar Schmidt Stage Production Hans-Werner Kroesinger Stage Design and Costumes Rob Moonen Music Daniel Dorsch Artistic Contribution Regine Dura Dramaturgy Annalena Schott, Jan Linders Theater Pedagogy Verena Lany

A production of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe