VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Volksbühne Tempelhof

The Volksbühne Berlin under the directorship of Chris Dercon and Marietta Piekenbrock is creating a new programmatic axis between Mitte and Tempelhofer Feld/Neukölln. The new premises at Tempelhof are an addition to the Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz: Hangar 5, the airfield, and – as a utopia – the design for a mobile theatre by Francis Kéré. Directors and artists from diverse sectors are invited to utilise the open and adaptable architecture for their work and to seek dialogue with the colossal size, history and present of this unique European location.

Hangar 5, designed by Ernst Sagebiel, has an area of around 4,000 square meters and a capacity to seat up to 2,000. In addition to the main stage in Berlin-Mitte the raw, industrial character, the large undeveloped location and the interior height of the hall all contribute towards providing a flexible framework for experimental stage formats such as large-scale theatrical and dance performances, productions and concerts. Roof-high sliding doors make it possible to integrate the outdoor surroundings and adjacent apron and runway areas visually and scenically.

Under the auspices of the African-German architect Francis Kéré, Hangar 5 will be gradually transformed into a theatrical space that will connect Berlin-Mitte with the adjacent districts of Kreuzberg and Neukölln and, in the long-term, with the newly developing district for refugees. Inspired by street theatre and the idea of the urban Agora, Kéré is redefining the available space and creating opportunities and an atmosphere for communal artistic experiences, communication and participation. Pared down to its essentials, a theatre, reminiscent of a workshop, will evolve. It will consist of two modular grandstand elements, with light wood cladding and cushions, which will provide seating for 400 spectators. Their positioning can be changed, making them easily adaptable and suitable for any stage performance.

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