Family Ties

A joint programme by the Theater Heidelberg and Teatron Beit Lessin in Tel Aviv (Israel) - supported by the Wanderlust Fund

They Call Me Jeckisch Deutsch-israelische Koproduktion, gefördert im Rahmen des Projekts „Familienbande“ im Fonds Wanderlust

When we think of the relations and history of Germany and Israel, the word "normality" is perhaps the least likely to come to mind. For exactly this reason, the Theater Heidelberg and the second-largest theatre in Israel have developed a joint theatre project that focuses on "normal life" within the smallest societal unit - the family. Six artistically independent teams of German and Israeli actors, directors, filmmakers and fine artists have been commissioned to create performances for public areas, "family arrangements", plays and presentations for the Heidelberger Play Market. Youngsters from both countries will accompany the productions and make a film documenting their impressions of these encounters.

Theatres: Theatre and Philharmonic Orchestra of Heidelberg and Teatron Beit Lessin, Tel Aviv

Artists / participants: Stéphane Bittoun, Galit Eilat (ISR), Kerstin Grübmeyer, Nina Gühlstorff, Jan Linders, Gil'ad Kimchi (ISR), Sebastian Hannak, Torge Kübler, Avishai Milstein (ISR), Public Movement (Omer Krieger, Dana Yahalomi, ISR), Hanna Rudolph, Kristo Sagor, Maya Scheye (ISR), Nina Steinhilber, ensemble of Teatron Beit Lessin (ISR), ensemble of the Theatre and Philharmonic Orchestra of Heidelberg, fine artists from Israel, Medienforum Heidelberg, residents of Heidelberg

October 2009 - October 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 und Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg

Emil-Maier-Str. 16

69115 Heidelberg (external link, opens in a new window)