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