PREMIERE — 16.01.2020
What does growing up mean these days? Everything has changed, we are freer, more relaxed and can deal with topics like puberty and sexuality in a totally relaxed way. Or can’t we? Are parents today still uncomprehending spoilsports and the children still hormone-controlled monsters?
THE BEAUTIFUL MINDS explores with young fugitives, locals and adults the best and at the same time the worst time of our lives: our spring awakening.
PREMIERE — 06.06.2019
Addiction seeks its own way. Now and then, addicts find comfort and support in faith. But addiction also seeks the meaning of it all. Why am I here? Why do I suffer? Is there any redemption from my suffering? Therefore, addiction and faith have more in common than you might think.
Long-time addicts have developed a play based on the fairy tale THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS by the Brothers Grimm. The participants’ personal biographies are juxtaposed with the old story of a girl whose father cuts of both of her hands because he made a deal with the devil. Fairy tales usually contain cruel images, but they also often offer consolation and inspiration when it comes to mastering or regaining control over your life. The production …
PREMIERE — 30.05.2019
The ring parable from the play “Nathan the Wise” by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is a key text of the Enlightenment. In times of technological disruption and fast progessing modernization, one might think that religion and faith no longer play a role. But the opposite is true: the gods are returning and Cologne is their capital. No other German city has as many different religious communities.
PREMIERE — 09.05.2018
DRUGLAND is not a fairytale forest. DRUGLAND is a trouble spot in the heart of Cologne. At the Neumarkt, the conflicts between drug addicts, dealers, residents, shop owners, law enforcement officers and social workers have inscribed themselves in the public space: DRUGLAND is at the same time shopping zone and drug hot spot, long-established residential area and no-go area, symbol of urban impoverishment, consumption and danger zone. With an ensemble of professional actors and people from the various interest groups, the theatre project collects stories and positions of all participants and combines them into one big picture: Who determines the public space? Who shapes its rules? Whose voice is heard and who remains unheard? Who is visible and who is invisible? Who is able to defend himself, who is powerless?
Premiere — 14.06.2017
Is an integrated society possible? What conditions and circumstances make it possible to become one people? How do young refugees and young locals meet each other and connect?
Together with an ensemble of 15 young people aged 10-18 – refugees who are accommodated in Bonn as well as locals of different origins who have been living here for a long time – we have been examining with these questions over a period of more than six months and have developed a poetic theatre-project based on Peter Handke’s play DIE STUNDE DA WIR NICHTS VONEINANDER WUSSTEN.
This play does not contain a single spoken word but consists of a choreography of short and long encounters between different characters in a fictional place that could be anywhere in Europe…
PREMIERE — 16.03.2016
We have adapted the story to take place in modern-day Germany and in the world of Sinti and Roma – a minority which, according to recent studies, is rejected by the majority of Germans. The continuous racism and social exclusion of Sinti and Roma is particularly relevant in times of Pegida, the mistreatment of asylum seekers by security forces in NRW and the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Three Roma and five Sinti tell the story of the film LA HAINE juxtaposed with stories about their own personal experiences, their values and dreams for the future. Where do I belong? What is actually the difference between Sinti and Germans? How can I respect the values and traditions of both cultures and belong in both worlds?
PREMIERE — 27.01.2016
This project tells the story of Sinto Johann “Rukeli” Trollmann, who was the German boxing champion in 1933 and later murdered by the Nazis in a concentration camp. After the Nazis had deprived him of his championship title and he was on the run for years, he fought for Germany at the front in World War II. After three years in the Wehrmacht he was deported to the concentration camp where he had to fight show fights with SS officers. During one of these fights, Trollmann knocked out a SS-officer and was beaten to death the next day by the same overseer…