Borderlines. Exploring the Border between Berlin and Leeds

A joint programme by the Theater an der Parkaue and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds (GB) - supported by the Wanderlust Fund

This project sends German and English youth out to explore the borders within their cities - the former Berlin Wall in Berlin and the borders dividing the city quarters in Leeds. The participants will investigate to what extent historic, social and mental borders influence their identities. The youngsters will then present their findings in workshop performances in both cities. Based on these performances, the Berlin director Lajos Talamonti and the British writer Aisha Khan will then develop a play to be performed by actors in the partner theatres of both cities. The programme also includes the exchange of theatre personnel, guest performances and an international forum for theatre pedagogy and art education.

Theatres: Theater an der Parkaue and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Artists / participants: Lajos Talamonti (I), Aisha Khan (GB), Alex Chisholm (GB), Anne Paffenholz

September 2009 - June 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 (external link, opens in a new window)

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 (external link, opens in a new window)


Theater an der Parkaue
Anne Paffenholz

Parkaue 29

10367 Berlin (external link, opens in a new window)