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Copyright: Alexander Kluge,

Das Theater der Kinos
Alexander Kluge
All foyers, Roter Salon, Grüner Salon

With contributions by: Chantal Akerman, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Thomas Heise, Tilda Swinton, Jean-Luc Godard, Wang Bing, Enyedi Ildikó, Chen Kaige, Atom Egoyan, Spike Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Ang Lee, Tom Tykwer, Alexandra Kluge, Madji-da Abdim, Raoul Peck, Christoph Schlingensief, Lilith Stangenberg, Michael Haneke, Li Yang, Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Zhang Yi Mou, Claude Lanzmann, Richard Linklater, Dan Talbot, Theo Angelopoulos, Bai Ling, Bruno Ganz, Peter Berling, Helge Schneider, Armin Müller-Stahl, Hannelore Hoger, Kaori Momoi, Yu Nan, Shu Qi, Tony Gerber and Jesse Moss, Werner Nekes, Sarah Morris

And a special project by Jonathan Meese

On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Berlinale
The exhibition is curated by Atelier Impopulaire.

Conceived like a constellation of movements and acts, Theatre of Cinemas is a multi-media exhibition unfolding on two floors of the Volksbühne that aims to explore the dialectic and complex relationship between Alexander Kluge and the seventh art. If the Greek theatron is the designated space for viewing, offering the possibility to listen, watch and observe, kinema embodies the idea of movement, but also of a movement that can effect change. From the historical collaborations with Christoph Schlingensief to the ongoing monumental webseries The Eye of the Dragonfly, the Volksbühne represents a mutant “kinematic theatron” for Alexander Kluge that has challenged the main principles of his oeuvre - simultaneity, polyphony and montage - and contributes to define his artistic politics of time and to change the way we perceive and experience both art forms. Theatre of Cinemas gives the spectator a unique chance to inhabit the theatre’s common spaces such as its waiting rooms, salons, wardrobes and foyers, thus tracing a personal and surprising take on the history of cinema. that works like a machine à penser.

Born in the town of Halberstadt in 1932, Alexander Kluge is one of the leading intellectual voices in Germany today. His huge body of work, which includes film, fiction, social theory, television, and political action on various cultural fronts, can be regarded as a continuation of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and constitutes a unique venture in the cultural history of post-war Germany. The motives, themes, and formal strategies of Kluge’s radical cinema impur, raise questions on representation and gender, history and memory, theory in its relation to practice, and the ongoing vitality of modernism.

Produced in cooperation with the Volksbühne, Gorki Theatre, Akademie der Künste, Philharmonie and Deutsche Filmakademie, the full programme of events includes concerts, film screenings, panel discussions and exhibitions throughout the first half of February, serving as a countdown to the 70th Berlinale, which will celebrate its opening on 20 February.


18:00: Exhibition opening
19:00, Sternfoyer: Greetings and introduction with Klaus Dörr (Volksbühne Berlin, Artistic Director), Carlo Chatrian (Berlinale, Artistic Director), Alexander Kluge

Roter Salon

18:00: Introduction by Alexander Kluge
Sinking of a vessel with crew and all. The robust planks of Berliner Volksbühne: Unsinkable in the crisis. The workshops at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz & this theater as a workshop as such. Alexander Kluge and Alexander Weil (2018, 91 Min)

19:50: Introduction by Alexander Kluge
20:00: Film program on the occasion of the 75th return of Zero Hour: 1945-2020

Black Ending, Hybris: June 22nd 1941 (2019, 3 Min)
The Gardener of the Nuremberg Rally (2017, 4 Min)
The legendary AIDA by Hans Neuenfels at the Frankurter Oper. Last existing fragement / “Potluck -diachron – controverse”. Ballet of Power - From dancing to marching in step (2019, 8 Min)
Spring with white flags. Film premiere (2020, 63 Min)
“Unlearning Parsifal”. How can you unlearn something that you don’t know? Hommage to Volksbühne stage designer Jonathan Meese and his composer Bernhard Lang (2017, 60 Min)

Grüner Salon

19:30: Program with films, performances, readings, music and above all fims. Film length minimally 120 Min. With Sir Henry, Alexander Kluge, and other guests.

Dinamite. Minute film (1 Min)
Sarastro, Ruler of Reason (10 Min)
There’s no real life in the wrong rabbit (2 Min)
Multiple Images for Einar Schleef. With whale song. Wagner’s PARSIFAL / Brecht’s PUNTILA. With Jutta Hoffmann (2 Min)
Oh, how murderously we love. Minute opera for Sophie Rois (2020, 2 Min)
We philosophers from Eve’s rib (2018, 2 Min)
German film premiere: On the razors edge: 1929 (with H. M. Enzensberger, Alfred Edel, Olli Schulz, 2020, 90 Min)

Cosmic Music (2020, 3 Min)
I Speak 13 Languages Fluently (with Helge Schneider, 2019, 4 Min)
Infra Structure Rap (Film triptych from Angola, 2019, 2 Min)
The wandering dictionary and What to do when a person from the Far East coughs beside me (with Helge Schneider, 2019, 6 Min)


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Introduction by Klaus Dörr (Volksbühne Berlin, Artistic Director), Carlo Chatrian (Berlinale, Artistic Director), Alexander Kluge

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ROTER SALON. Introduction by Alexander Kluge

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GRÜNER SALON. Introduction by Alexander Kluge and Sir Henry

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