Theatre from the Very Beginning

A joint programme by the Theater Junge Generation Dresden and the Academic Kiselyov Youth Theatre, Saratov (Russia) - supported by the Wanderlust Fund

The Theater Junge Generation (tjg) and the Russian Kiselyov Youth Theatre, the oldest children’s theatre in Europe, have long devoted themselves to producing plays for the youngest theatre goers (children under three). Yet the theatres’ dramatic language, acting styles and aesthetics differ in fundamental ways. While German children’s theatre is characterized by a straightforward acting style, rejection of epic structures and emphasis on performative and interactive elements, the Russian productions frequently feature cohesive aesthetic works with a strong visual language.
This project explores both approaches with the goal of developing a common theatre language for young viewers. In addition to workshops and guest performances, the theatres will jointly produce a German and Russian version of a play which will be included in the theatres’ repertories.

Theatres: Theater Junge Generation Dresden and Academic Kiselyov Youth Theatre, Saratov (Russia)

Artists / participants: Katrin Jung, Ulrike Kunze, Ulrike Leßmann, Ania Michaelis, Zhemkova Oksana Nikolaevna (RU), Bettina Seiler, Sergey Vladimirovich (RU), Soloviev Alexandr Yakovlevich (RU) and others

September 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 Junge Generation

Meißner Landstraße 4

01157 Dresden (external link, opens in a new window)