Crossing Borders – From Lake to Lake

A joint programme by the Theater Konstanz and Nanzikambe Arts, Blantyre (Malawi) - supported by the Wanderlust Fund

Despite all their cultural, social and economic differences, the city of Constance and Blantyre in south-eastern Malawi have one thing in common. Both cities are located on major lakes – Lake Constance and Malawi Lake, a vital economic factor for one of the poorest countries in the world.
This theatre partnership focuses on current economic development and migratory trends from the point of view of both countries and cities. Over the course of two years, German and Malawian actors, directors and playwrights will collaborate on a play about migration and globalisation, which will be performed at the conclusion of the theatre partnership. Following rehearsals in Malawi and Constance, the play will premiere in Constance and then go on tour through Malawi – as is the custom for Nanzikambe Arts. Although it is the only professional theatre in Malawi, it has no fixed performance venue; it tours around the country with a repertory of plays about socio-political topics of the day.

Theatres: Theater Konstanz and Nanzikambe Arts, Blantyre (Malawi)

Artists / participants: Thomas Spieckermann, Clemens Bechtel, Thoko Kapiri, Misheck Mzumara, ensemble of the Theater Konstanz, ensemble of the Nanzikambe Arts (MW) and others

April 2010 – August 2012

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 Konstanz
Nadja Keller

Inselgasse 2-6

78462 Konstanz (external link, opens in a new window)