It’s still incredibly valuable to a theatre community and society as a whole to keep theaters running in whichever way this could be. Afterall, any format is a form of expression, whether educational or entertaining.
The Theatertreffen, an annual festival bringing remarkable productions from the German-speaking countries, as well as works by emerging artists from across the world, will run virtually for a second year in a row. Against the backdrop of the crisis, this year’s pieces will reflect on digital utopias, big shifts and class society.
The festival’s long-standing Berlin history makes it one of the most living and loved events in the city. In 1963, just one year before the very first Berlin Theatertreffen, Berliner Festwochen invited, as a pilot project, five productions from various German city theatres to Berlin. In October 1964, the first Theatertreffen took place under the title of Berliner Theaterwettbewerb (Berlin Theatre Competition), and to this day, its basic structure remained – 10 remarkable productions are selected by a jury of theatre critics (who travel around Germany, Austria and Switzerland for selection process) and then presented in Berlin.