Several theatres and the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts are currently working together to bring the Afghan theatre group “Azdar” / “Parwaz” to Germany for ten months and help them forge contacts with European artists. Azdar aims to convey and preserve Afghanistan’s culture through the methods of theatre. The members of Azdar also perform in what they call the “Parwaz Puppet Theatre”. They have been threatened by the Taliban multiple times in the past.
“Transit Europa” is comprised of four projects which form a connection between Azdar and various artists and institutions. In the project “Kula – To Europe”, the group will collaborate with actors from German and French theatres to produce a multilingual performance. “Kula” is a system of trade used by natives of various islands in New Guinea. The islanders exchange “precious” items which have no measurable economic value, but possess an inherent social and cultural significance – representative of the kind of cultural exchange the project wishes to practise. Each group arrives with a story which is inherent to its culture, and exchanges it for other stories according to the “Kula principle”. At the Theater Freiburg, Azdar will present its puppet theatre adaptation of the play “Story of a Tigress” by Dario Fo and confront Freiburg’s audience with a contemporary Persian view of a European text. The project by the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts plans to organise several joint workshops and stage a play by the Persian poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī. For the project “Germany-Knigge”, the directing student Max Martens will be working with Azdar to produce a mobile theatre format for Persian-speaking refugees which highlights European cultural worlds as well as the conflicts which arise when cultures clash.
Artistic director: Robert Schuster
Stage directors: Max Martens, Ahmad Nasir Formuli (AF), Arash Absalan
Choreography: Martin Gruber
Set design: Eva-Maria Van Acker (BE)
Dramaturge: Julie Paucker (CH)
Featuring ensembles from: Azdar Theatre/Parwaz Puppet Theatre (AF), AZA (F), Theater Freiburg and Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar
Additional Venues and Dates:
Performances: Schauspielhaus Bochum: 7 – 9 Oct. 2016; La Filature Scène Nationale, Mulhouse: 12 – 13 Oct. 2016; Kurtheater Baden: 27 Oct. 2016; Theater Chur: 29 Oct. 2016; Theater Freiburg: 10 – 13 Dec. 2016