Berlin and Cracow are only 529 km apart. Yet these European cultural cities are separated far more by a history of injury and destruction, mutual prejudices and differing views. The joint programme by the Maxim Gorki Theater and the Narodowy Stary Teatr will focus on the theatrical adaptation of Ernst Lubitsch's film classic "To Be or Not To Be", a comedy about the German occupiers in Poland that also examines the interaction of art and reality. Both theatres will organize a competition open to young filmmakers, playwrights, actors and performers to generate ideas for unusual artistic interventions along the train route connecting Cracow and Berlin. The goal is to redraw the map that spans these 529 kilometres.

Theatres: Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin and Narodowy Stary Teatr, Cracow

Artists / participants: Hilke Altefrohne, Anika Baumann, Mikołaj Grabowski (PL), Robert Kuchenbuch, Michael Klammer, Peter Kurth, Ronald Kukulies, Carmen Wolfram, Kathrin Müller, Ewa Kaim (PL), Wojtek Klemm (PL), Milan Peschel, Armin Petras, Anna Radwan-Gancarczyk (PL), Anja Schneider, Barbara Wysocka (PL), Malzorgata Zawadzka (PL), Arkadiusz Brykalski (PL), Juliuisz Chrzastowsk (PL)

May 2009 - September 2011

Wan­der­lust blog

In February 2010 the participating theatres began sharing their impressions of their joint meetings, workshops, guest performances and co-productions in the Wanderlust blog. In addition each season, three Pfadfinder (scouts) headed out to visite the Wanderlust projects, describe the international theatre partnerships and documente these exciting cross-border encounters in texts and images.

Wanderlust blog

The Wan­der­lust Fund

The German Federal Cultural Foundation established the Wanderlust Fund to support German municipal and state theatres that wish to engage in a partnership of exchange with a foreign theatre for a period of two to three seasons.

Wanderlust Fund


Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin
Armin Petras

Am Festungsgraben 2

10117 Berlin