SumSum². Endless Confusion of Love and Language

A joint programme by the Theater Erlangen and Teatr Pokoleniy, St. Petersburg (Russia) - supported by the Wanderlust Fund


This theatre partnership focuses on cultural foreignness in reference to the relationship between Germany and Russia. The first step will be a joint production of "SumSum²", a play about cultural and language barriers, by the Swiss dramatist Laura de Weck. A German-Russian version of the play will be developed in two separate rehearsal phases which will take place in St. Petersburg and Erlangen. This will be followed by an exchange of theatre artists and personnel, along with a German and Russian guest performance, chosen on the basis of the prior collaboration.
Theatre practice in Germany and Russia differ in fundamental ways. For example, the Teatr Pokoleniy [Theatre of the Generations] is known for its strong visual tradition and highly physical style of acting. The goal is to apply foreign theatre traditions and aesthetics into one’s theatre work at home and present these to audiences.

Theatres: Theater Erlangen and Teatr Pokoleniy, St. Petersburg (Russia)

Artists / participants: Henning Bochert (raum4 e. V.), Eberhard Köhler, Danila Korogodsky (RU), Valentin Levitskiy (RU), Katja Ott, Reto Senn (CH), Anna Stübner, Stefanie Symmank, Viola Werling and others

April 2010 – 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)


Theater Erlangen
Bettina Reinhart

Wasserturmstraße 16

91054 Erlangen (external link, opens in a new window)