In May 2010 an entire municipal theatre set out on a journey to the Netherlands. The team under Bochum’s general theatre director Anselm Weber spent four weeks at the Dutch music theatre ensemble Veenfabriek, headed by the Dutch director and musician Paul Koek. The theatres based their first production on Voltaire’s philosophical and satirical story "Candide" about the odyssey of a Westphalian schoolboy who travels the world as a hopeless optimist. The production examined the lives and coexistence of those who live in the Ruhr region today and are faced with economic crisis and structural change. The second joint project will be based on the "Three Sisters" by Anton Tschechow.

Theatres: Schauspielhaus Bochum and Veenfabriek, Leiden (Netherlands)

Artists / participants: Manuela Alphons, Reinout Bussemaker (NL), Anke Brouwer (NL), Dorothee Curio, Rik Elstgeest (NL), Jürgen Hartmann, Bo Koek (NL), Paul Koek (NL), Olaf Kröck, Raiko Küster, David Lammers (NL), Andreas Maier, Theun Mosk (NL), Veronika Nickl, Martijn Padding (NL), Will-Jan Pielage (NL), Eva Pieper, Roland Riebeling, Paul Slangen (NL), Yonina Spijker (NL), Joep van de Geest (NL), Ton van der Mer (NL), John van Oostrum (NL), Jutta Wachowiak, Anke Zillich and others

February 2010 – July 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

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


Schauspielhaus Bochum
Stephan Wasenauer

Königsallee 15

44789 Bochum