VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin
Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff
Health & Safety
>> gruener.salon

Drama
60 min
German and English

All the good things happen in private now. These unconscious buildings. One character pours bags of sugar into droning concrete mixers, another falls in love with Potsdamer Platz out of pity. Bored by the monotony of contemporary Berlin, the ghost of Karl Friedrich Schinkel staggers drunk from construction site to bar, unable to lift a brick. Health & Safety is the second of a series of plays tracing the rise and fall of a city, written for the Grüner Salon by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff. Loosely shadowing Molière’s The Misanthrope, it is about architecture and heartbreak, destruction and disease, and the collapse of theory into practice. “The next war on a new structure”.


Grüner Salon

In the current season, the Grüner Salon becomes the main character in a series of evenings organised by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff. The bar has been doubled and costumed, turning the space into its own backdrop, where artists, writers and musicians present original performances and concerts that unfold in a loosely serial way.

The doors open one hour before the performance starts.

The Grüner Salon is ticketed only for plays and performances and remains open afterwards for ticket-holders and non-ticket-holders alike.

Past Activities

27.01: Concert: Lyra / Bendik Giske

In this intimate concert, saxophonist Bendik Giske and singer Lyra Pramuk will explore the raw expressive potential of their own voices as instruments, their instruments as voices. The evening will blend solo material with collaborative play, with works both acoustic and electronic, in a reverberating arc of experimental song and storytelling.


Bendik Giske photography by Florian Hetz
Lyra photography by Richie Shazam

19.01:
15.12: Grüner Abend Neda Sanai with Jen Rosenblit and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah: Ominous Reality Principle

Tickets at the door , Prices: €8/€6

Ominous Reality Principle encompasses several performative scenarios where sound, text and bodies come together to reflect on the politics of defense mechanisms, the psychology of sound and the threat of language. The material encompasses a score composed by Neda Sanai, performer Jen Rosenblit's current research, which focuses on strategies and problems of togetherness, and writer Hengameh Yaghoobifarah transforming written work into the environment, transcending the genre of journalism towards a dystopian real-life scenario. These three separate practices merge together and spread into the Grüner Salon like an aroma diffuser.

Neda Sanai is an Iranian Berlin-based artist born in Sweden. Their praxis moves through a hybrid of mediums such as audio, video, performance and sculpture. Usually channelled through the idea of collective work and community, Sanai in their work aims to dissemble the “I” – as in one person – and the idea of “one” – as in a “we” – as in understanding. Sanai has opened for acts such as DIPLO, A.G Cook and Zebra Katz only and works with artists, such as CocoRosie on their album ”Grey Oceans”. Sanai comes from a background working collectively as an artist in the group Basso and is the founder and curatorial director of the project space S&yM in Berlin.

Jen Rosenblit makes performance art in New York and Berlin concerned with bodies, architectures and ideas while troubling togetherness and impossible spaces. Rosenblit has received commissions from The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Issue Project Room, the Chocolate Factory and the Invisible Dog Art Center. Rosenblit was a part of MoMA PS1 Greater New York 2016. Her recent works Clap Hands (2016) and Swivel Spot (2017) have lead her on an inquiry toward the uncanny and maintenance of care. Rosenblit has collaborated with artists including Young Jean Lee, Ryan McNamara, Yvonne Meier, Sasa Asentic, A.K. Burns, Anne Imhof, Miguel Gutierrez, and Simone Aughterlony. Rosenblit is currently researching Stand In, a new work centering around the game of chess to harness strategies for battle, protection, cultivating land and creating a court.

Hengameh Yaghoobifarah is a freelance journalist, columnist, editor, speaker and DJ. With a background in media studies, cultural studies and Scandinavian studies, they examine topics like popular culture, fashion, body politics, subversive femininities, internet phenomena, power dynamics, hegemonial gazes and the construction of the other from an intersectional queer feminist perspective, redefining what this particular perspective means in each context they move into.

14.12: Grüner Abend Neda Sanai with Jen Rosenblit and Hengameh Yaghoobifarah: Ominous Reality Principle

Tickets at the door , Prices: €8/€6

Ominous Reality Principle encompasses several performative scenarios where sound, text and bodies come together to reflect on the politics of defense mechanisms, the psychology of sound and the threat of language. The material encompasses a score composed by Neda Sanai, performer Jen Rosenblit's current research, which focuses on strategies and problems of togetherness, and writer Hengameh Yaghoobifarah transforming written work into the environment, transcending the genre of journalism towards a dystopian real-life scenario. These three separate practices merge together and spread into the Grüner Salon like an aroma diffuser.

Neda Sanai is an Iranian Berlin-based artist born in Sweden. Their praxis moves through a hybrid of mediums such as audio, video, performance and sculpture. Usually channelled through the idea of collective work and community, Sanai in their work aims to dissemble the “I” – as in one person – and the idea of “one” – as in a “we” – as in understanding. Sanai has opened for acts such as DIPLO, A.G Cook and Zebra Katz only and works with artists, such as CocoRosie on their album ”Grey Oceans”. Sanai comes from a background working collectively as an artist in the group Basso and is the founder and curatorial director of the project space S&yM in Berlin.

Jen Rosenblit makes performance art in New York and Berlin concerned with bodies, architectures and ideas while troubling togetherness and impossible spaces. Rosenblit has received commissions from The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Issue Project Room, the Chocolate Factory and the Invisible Dog Art Center. Rosenblit was a part of MoMA PS1 Greater New York 2016. Her recent works Clap Hands (2016) and Swivel Spot (2017) have lead her on an inquiry toward the uncanny and maintenance of care. Rosenblit has collaborated with artists including Young Jean Lee, Ryan McNamara, Yvonne Meier, Sasa Asentic, A.K. Burns, Anne Imhof, Miguel Gutierrez, and Simone Aughterlony. Rosenblit is currently researching Stand In, a new work centering around the game of chess to harness strategies for battle, protection, cultivating land and creating a court.

Hengameh Yaghoobifarah is a freelance journalist, columnist, editor, speaker and DJ. With a background in media studies, cultural studies and Scandinavian studies, they examine topics like popular culture, fashion, body politics, subversive femininities, internet phenomena, power dynamics, hegemonial gazes and the construction of the other from an intersectional queer feminist perspective, redefining what this particular perspective means in each context they move into.

09.12: News Crime Sports

The first of four plays tracing the rise and fall of a city, written for the Grüner Salon by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, News Crime Sports is set in a poorly rendered past where madness falls in waves as the passengers of a cruise ship fill the hours, weeks, and years that seem to unfold at once. The old social order has long dissolved and evenings are spent talking about streets, municipal power stations, and nightclubs, and half-heartedly trying to remember the lyrics to once-loved songs.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are artists who have worked together for the past ten years. They have lived in Berlin since 2008, where they operated Times Bar (with Lindsay Lawson) in 2011/2012, before opening New Theater, a storefront theater in Kreuzberg, which produced and hosted original plays between 2013 and 2015. They are programming the Grüner Salon’s 2017/18 Spielzeit with weekly concerts and performances, as well as writing and directing a series of plays in the space.

08.12: News Crime Sports

The first of four plays tracing the rise and fall of a city, written for the Grüner Salon by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, News Crime Sports is set in a poorly rendered past where madness falls in waves as the passengers of a cruise ship fill the hours, weeks, and years that seem to unfold at once. The old social order has long dissolved and evenings are spent talking about streets, municipal power stations, and nightclubs, and half-heartedly trying to remember the lyrics to once-loved songs.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are artists who have worked together for the past ten years. They have lived in Berlin since 2008, where they operated Times Bar (with Lindsay Lawson) in 2011/2012, before opening New Theater, a storefront theater in Kreuzberg, which produced and hosted original plays between 2013 and 2015. They are programming the Grüner Salon’s 2017/18 Spielzeit with weekly concerts and performances, as well as writing and directing a series of plays in the space.

07.12: News Crime Sports

The first of four plays tracing the rise and fall of a city, written for the Grüner Salon by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, News Crime Sports is set in a poorly rendered past where madness falls in waves as the passengers of a cruise ship fill the hours, weeks, and years that seem to unfold at once. The old social order has long dissolved and evenings are spent talking about streets, municipal power stations, and nightclubs, and half-heartedly trying to remember the lyrics to once-loved songs.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are artists who have worked together for the past ten years. They have lived in Berlin since 2008, where they operated Times Bar (with Lindsay Lawson) in 2011/2012, before opening New Theater, a storefront theater in Kreuzberg, which produced and hosted original plays between 2013 and 2015. They are programming the Grüner Salon’s 2017/18 Spielzeit with weekly concerts and performances, as well as writing and directing a series of plays in the space.

02.12: Abonnement Lyrique No. I

abonnement lyrique no. I
- hector berliozzz -
is the first in a series of classical concerts in the Grüner Salon staged and organised by Michael Kleine. The programme begins with the classic duo set-up, featuring dramatic soprano Vera Maria Kremers and Roman Lemberg on the piano, and it focuses on the work of Hector Berlioz, as a representative of the extreme Romanticism of 19th-century France.

abonnement lyrique continues throughout the 2017/2018 season. Musicians come together in various combinations, and each evening explores a different genre, epoch, performance context or function of music, encompassing entertainment, religion, education or symbolising social prestige. The programme includes performances of Romantic chamber music, early Baroque madrigals accompanied by an Organo di legno, and sung liturgies from the late Middle Ages. All of the concerts in the series take place within a scenario and setting designed by Michael Kleine.

01.12: Abonnement Lyrique No. I

abonnement lyrique no. I
- hector berliozzz -
is the first in a series of classical concerts in the Grüner Salon staged and organised by Michael Kleine. The programme begins with the classic duo set-up, featuring dramatic soprano Vera Maria Kremers and Roman Lemberg on the piano, and it focuses on the work of Hector Berlioz, as a representative of the extreme Romanticism of 19th-century France.

abonnement lyrique continues throughout the 2017/2018 season. Musicians come together in various combinations, and each evening explores a different genre, epoch, performance context or function of music, encompassing entertainment, religion, education or symbolising social prestige. The programme includes performances of Romantic chamber music, early Baroque madrigals accompanied by an Organo di legno, and sung liturgies from the late Middle Ages. All of the concerts in the series take place within a scenario and setting designed by Michael Kleine.

28.11: Artist Talk: Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
25.11: News Crime Sports

The first of four plays tracing the rise and fall of a city, written for the Grüner Salon by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, News Crime Sports is set in a poorly rendered past where madness falls in waves as the passengers of a cruise ship fill the hours, weeks, and years that seem to unfold at once. The old social order has long dissolved and evenings are spent talking about streets, municipal power stations, and nightclubs, and half-heartedly trying to remember the lyrics to once-loved songs.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are artists who have worked together for the past ten years. They have lived in Berlin since 2008, where they operated Times Bar (with Lindsay Lawson) in 2011/2012, before opening New Theater, a storefront theater in Kreuzberg, which produced and hosted original plays between 2013 and 2015. They are programming the Grüner Salon’s 2017/18 Spielzeit with weekly concerts and performances, as well as writing and directing a series of plays in the space.

24.11: News Crime Sports

The first of four plays tracing the rise and fall of a city, written for the Grüner Salon by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, News Crime Sports is set in a poorly rendered past where madness falls in waves as the passengers of a cruise ship fill the hours, weeks, and years that seem to unfold at once. The old social order has long dissolved and evenings are spent talking about streets, municipal power stations, and nightclubs, and half-heartedly trying to remember the lyrics to once-loved songs.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are artists who have worked together for the past ten years. They have lived in Berlin since 2008, where they operated Times Bar (with Lindsay Lawson) in 2011/2012, before opening New Theater, a storefront theater in Kreuzberg, which produced and hosted original plays between 2013 and 2015. They are programming the Grüner Salon’s 2017/18 Spielzeit with weekly concerts and performances, as well as writing and directing a series of plays in the space.

23.11: News Crime Sports

The first of four plays tracing the rise and fall of a city, written for the Grüner Salon by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, News Crime Sports is set in a poorly rendered past where madness falls in waves as the passengers of a cruise ship fill the hours, weeks, and years that seem to unfold at once. The old social order has long dissolved and evenings are spent talking about streets, municipal power stations, and nightclubs, and half-heartedly trying to remember the lyrics to once-loved songs.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are artists who have worked together for the past ten years. They have lived in Berlin since 2008, where they operated Times Bar (with Lindsay Lawson) in 2011/2012, before opening New Theater, a storefront theater in Kreuzberg, which produced and hosted original plays between 2013 and 2015. They are programming the Grüner Salon’s 2017/18 Spielzeit with weekly concerts and performances, as well as writing and directing a series of plays in the space.

18.11: News Crime Sports

The first of four plays tracing the rise and fall of a city, written for the Grüner Salon by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, News Crime Sports is set in a poorly rendered past where madness falls in waves as the passengers of a cruise ship fill the hours, weeks, and years that seem to unfold at once. The old social order has long dissolved and evenings are spent talking about streets, municipal power stations, and nightclubs, and half-heartedly trying to remember the lyrics to once-loved songs.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are artists who have worked together for the past ten years. They have lived in Berlin since 2008, where they operated Times Bar (with Lindsay Lawson) in 2011/2012, before opening New Theater, a storefront theater in Kreuzberg, which produced and hosted original plays between 2013 and 2015. They are programming the Grüner Salon’s 2017/18 Spielzeit with weekly concerts and performances, as well as writing and directing a series of plays in the space.

17.11: News Crime Sports

The first of four plays tracing the rise and fall of a city, written for the Grüner Salon by Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, News Crime Sports is set in a poorly rendered past where madness falls in waves as the passengers of a cruise ship fill the hours, weeks, and years that seem to unfold at once. The old social order has long dissolved and evenings are spent talking about streets, municipal power stations, and nightclubs, and half-heartedly trying to remember the lyrics to once-loved songs.

Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are artists who have worked together for the past ten years. They have lived in Berlin since 2008, where they operated Times Bar (with Lindsay Lawson) in 2011/2012, before opening New Theater, a storefront theater in Kreuzberg, which produced and hosted original plays between 2013 and 2015. They are programming the Grüner Salon’s 2017/18 Spielzeit with weekly concerts and performances, as well as writing and directing a series of plays in the space.

11.11: Grüner Salon Opening

The Grüner Salon reopens with a soundtrack on loop, developed by composer Katrin Vellrath and Volksbühne ensemble member and musician Sir Henry, which sets the tone for both the space and the series of plays and concerts to follow. The set will be arranged for the premiere of News Crime Sports, which takes place the following weekend.

Cast

With: Jochen Arbeit, Sir Henry, Leon Kahane, Mia von Matt, Lily McMenamy, Tobias Spichtig

Direction and Text: Calla Henkel, Max Pitegoff
Costumes: Nhu Duong
Editing and Translation: Alex Scrimgeour
Curator: Elodie Evers
Composition and musical direction: Sir Henry, Jochen Arbeit
Choreography: Tarren Johnson

Tickets

22.02.18, 21:00
Grüner Salon
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23.02.18, 21:00
Grüner Salon
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24.02.18, 21:00
Grüner Salon
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01.03.18, 21:00
Grüner Salon
afterwards audience talk
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02.03.18, 21:00
Grüner Salon
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03.03.18, 21:00
Grüner Salon
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