When people talk about money in reference to theatre, they usually complain about the lack thereof. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre in 2008, the relationship of theatre and money will be examined from a very different point of view. During this theme-based festival, the theatre will become a trading centre featuring a large trading floor where theatre ideas and models can be exchanged or auctioned off as projects. The festival programme will also feature productions that reflect on economic themes and relationships, such as investing, producing, distributing and getting into debt. The third part of the programme will centre on the opponents of profit maximization with a symposium on issues such as abstinence, discretion and restraint. With its thematic focus, the festival hopes to open new perspectives for practical theatre operations. Economic processes will not only be simulated, but will actually take place as real-life experiments in a theatre environment.
Artistic director: Matthias Lilienthal
Curators: Barbara Gronau, Carena Schlewitt
Participants / artists: Showcase beat le mot, Tomas Schweigen (CH), Chris Kondek
Venue and schedule:
Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin: 16 - 30 April 2008