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Diaspora Europa:
Hitler Baby One More Time
by Dor Aloni und Raban Witt


When my brother was little, I always told him: "Don't take a shower when it's dark outside. Because sometimes, when you shower in the dark, Hitler comes and opens the gas pipe." My brother didn't want to take a shower until he was 12.

Dor Aloni stages himself and asks about the connection between collective trauma and individual identity. In his search for the evil in himself and in us, the director and actor follows the tracks of his memory: from his Yemeni-Jewish parents' house to the Israeli army, from his encounter with Hitler in a Munich television store to his own family's struggle. His own story serves him as material for a great swindle. Art becomes a place of rebellion and a weapon against the role attributions of the culture of memory.

In his play Aloni lets the audience participate in the experience of a seemingly never-ending search for something like their own meaning and uses the theater space as a field of experimentation to make fantasies and memories become real for a moment.

Direction & Acting: Dor Aloni
Music: Gil Abramov
Stage design: Mara-Madeleine Pieler
Costumes: Christina Geiger
Dramaturgy: Valentina Tepel
Video: Benjamin Hassmann, Mohammad Poori
Special thanks to Theresa Schlesinger

Diaspora Europa

Curated by Shelly Kupferberg and Tímea Junghaus
In cooperation with the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture e. V. (ERIAC)

They all have a history in Europe and are part and culture of this continent. But they also unite exclusion, experiences of difference, transfiguration and defamation: Diaspora Europe unites different contemporary perspectives of Rom*nja, Sinte*zza and Jews on the here and now.

Originally planned for May 8 and 9, Diaspora Europe - together with the project "The Investigation 2020" based on Peter Weiss about the Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt/Main - was to invite to an artistic discussion on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation from German National Socialism and Europe Day. We are horrified to see how quickly, in a crisis-ridden year like 2020, old prejudices, even those already believed to be dead, mingle like a ghost in social discourses.

Diaspora Europe focuses on letting the communities themselves take a stand, presenting their own perspectives and narratives on Europe and its history. To this end, journalist Shelly Kupferberg and the Executive Director of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) Tímea Junghaus have invited artists from a wide range of genres to show their work. Memories, identities, locations, surveys and visions of living together in Europe are presented, discussed and finally celebrated in a kaleidoscopic way in performances, conversations and music. The aim here is to articulate intersections of shared experiences and - on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December - to enter into a dialogue with the audience, with a common voice in diversity.

The video installation Jews News Today by Moritz Richard Schmidt and Max Czollek in the Parkettcafé is accessible before and after the events.

Supported by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

11.12.20, 18:00

12.12.20, 16:00


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