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The Volksbühne Berlin's programme for November 2017

One week after the occupation of the Volksbühne, that experience is continuing to preoccupy the theatre, with all its staff and artists. A look back and perspectives going forward with regard to this topic will be released later.

The Volksbühne Berlin's first performance series at its new, temporary venue at Tempelhof concluded with a sold out performance of Iphigenia. Beginning on 10 November, the season will continue with the grand re-opening of the theatre on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. The November programme with information on all the premieres and events is attached.

For our first premiere at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, the Volksbühne is presenting three one-act plays by Samuel Beckett and works by Tino Sehgal. The entire theatre will serve as the performance space - the stage, the hall, the foyers (10-12 November). Also taking place that weekend: Grand opening party in the Roter Salon with Berlin Community Radio (Friday from 11 pm). Launch of the “Armen Avanessian & Enemies” discussion series in the Roter Salon with guests Paul Mason and Sam Williams (Saturday at 8pm). Debut of the Grüner Salon's programme under artistic directors Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff with a sound installation by Kathrin Vellrath (Saturday at 10 pm). First concert in the Roter Salon from Berlin duo Evvol (Saturday at 11 pm). An artist talk with Alexandra Bachzetsis will be held in the Sternfoyer for the launch of Volksbühne Fullscreen, the Volksbühne's digital venue (Sunday at 4 pm). And finally, the Roter Salon's VariaVision series will begin with two works being shown in Germany for the first time: a collaboration between English filmmaker and musician Luke Fowler and Glaswegian cult performer Sue Tompkins, as well as a screening of Fowler's latest film (Sunday at 7 pm).

Also in November: the world premieres of Women in Trouble, directed by Susanne Kennedy, and News Crime Sports, the first play that Henkel and Pitegoff have written for the Grüner Salon; the premiere of Lolita will nicht sterben (Lolita Doesn't Want to Die), developed and performed by P14, the Volksbühne's youth theatre group; Bilder deiner großen Liebe (Pictures of Your True Love), a concert hybrid with Sandra Hüller, based on the unfinished novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf, a guest performance from Zurich's Theater Neumarkt; two concerts in the main hall with The Horrors, Camera, Pins, Jakuzi and Balagan, as well as Lali Puna and Widowspeak; an ensemble of actors will read 2017's “Novel of the Year” (the German Book Prize will be awarded on 9 October 2017) in its entirety; in addition, the Volksbühne is hosting the interfilm short film festival for the 14th time, for which a programme on Samuel Beckett's works has been jointly developed.

Tickets for all events in November are now available at the box office in the Volksbühne, by calling +49 (0) 30 2406 5777 and online at

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