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Volksbühne Fullscreen opens on Sunday

Video still from Massacre: Variations on a theme © Alexandra Bachzetsis

On Sunday the Volksbühne's new digital venue, Volksbühne Fullscreen, opens with an artist talk and its first online premiere:

Sunday, 12 November 2017
4 pm: artist talk - Chris Dercon in conversation with Alexandra Bachzetsis
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Sternfoyer
6 pm: Online premiere on - Alexandra Bachzetsis, Massacre: Variations on a theme

Volksbühne Fullscreen invites artists to experiment with the theatre’s narrative forms in a digital format. The screen turns into a performance venue. This season features a performance for a camera, two web series, a live performance and a narrative computer game, among others. The works are created exclusively for Volksbühne Fullscreen for the most part and, following their online premieres, are accessible for anyone for free and forever.

The first premiere, Massacre: Variations on a theme by Alexandra Bachzetsis, takes place this Sunday. Bachzetsis’ work is a performance for camera and four dancers, developed for Volksbühne Fullscreen, and commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In her works, the Zurich-born artist, performer and choreographer deals with the constant re-creation of our bodies and forms of identifying ourselves in popular culture, and on the Internet in particular.

Beginning on 17 November, Alexander Kluge and dctp, his production company, will contribute a video clip to Fullscreen every Friday. These short reports deal with the past and future of the Volksbühne from different perspectives, under the title Im Auge der Libelle (In the Eye of the Dragonfly).

Beginning on 3 December, Fullscreen will present Charisma, a six-part web series by Sarah M. Harrison and Wojciech Kosma. A surrealistic sitcom about four housemates grappling with their abysmal living conditions, Charisma is presented with a specially developed, interactive interface that allows viewers to expand the storyline with individualised viewing experiences.

In February 2018, the first web series produced, constructed and shot entirely in the Volksbühne – Rheingold by Alex Wissel and Jan Bonny – will debut on Fullscreen. This ten-part series is a social satire revolving around the rise and fall of an art consultant in Düsseldorf, who earned a fortune by manipulating invoices (artist collages!) and eventually landed in prison.

The Fullscreen productions scheduled for the rest of the 17/18 season include works from Jesse Darling, Robert Ochshorn, and Tim Etchells with Marino Formenti. In addition, digital productions with Mette Ingvartsen and Boris Charmatz, as well as the youth theatre P14, are in the planning stages. For the Volksbühne Berlin it’s important to also provide the artists already in its programme with a digital venue for their ideas. This entanglement of analog and digital is developing organically and slowly being built up.

The complete Volksbühne Fullscreen programme with all the details can be found at

Fullscreen is made possible with the kind support of the Julia Stoschek Collection.

Please contact the press office at or +49 (0) 30 24065 611 for further information. Texts and photos can be found in our website’s press section.

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