Dacha Europa. The End of the World As We Knew It

A joint programme by the Munich Kammerspiele and the Smeds Ensemble, Helsinki (Finland) - supported by the Wanderlust Fund

The Finnish writer and director Kristian Smeds and two fellow artists are members of the nomadic Smeds Ensemble. His situational productions focus on the relationship between local and international issues and perspectives. In a first step the Smeds Ensemble will present their video installation "Der Kirschgarten" and two productions in Munich. Smeds will then head a theatre laboratory to develop the content and form of a joint theatre production titled "Verbrechen und Strafe" (Crime and Punishment). The piece based on Dostoewsky’s novel and its characters will be presented in Munich and Helsinki. The Munich Kammerspiele hopes that the collaboration with Smeds Ensemble will generate new ideas for a performance venue, which, in contrast to typical productions at municipal theatres, is more strongly tailored to production and presentation forms by international and freelance artists.

Theatres: Münchner Kammerspiele and Smeds Ensemble, Helsinki (Finland)

Artists / participants: Eeva Bergroth (FI), Kristian Smeds (FI), Ville Hyvönen (FI), Johan Simons (NL) and others

January 2011 – December 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)


Münchner Kammerspiele
Christiane Schneider

Falckenbergstraße 2

80539 München

www.muenchner-kammerspiele.de (external link, opens in a new window)