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The Volksbühne Berlin’s programme for January 2018

Thirty years after it was first published, Waffenruhe (Ceasefire), a book and exhibition project by Michael Schmidt and Einar Schleef, is being shown for the first time as a nocturnal projection on the façade of the Volksbühne. On the evening of the premiere (31 January), an artist talk is taking place in the Sternfoyer at 8 pm, conducted by Chris Dercon with Thomas Weski, curator of the Foundation for Photography and Media Art with the Michael Schmidt Archive in Berlin.

Two productions that premiered in Tempelhof Airport’s Hangar 5 in September are being presented for the first time on the main stage on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz: Iphigenia by Mohammad Al Attar and Omar Abusaada, and – beginning on 1 February – 10000 gestures by Boris Charmatz. The following repertoire productions are also included in the January programme: Nicht Ich / Tritte / He, Joe (Not I / Footfalls / Eh Joe) by Samuel Beckett; Women in Trouble by Susanne Kennedy; Red Pieces: 21 pornographies by and with Mette Ingvartsen; The show must go on by Jérôme Bel; and Fever Room by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

On the 3. Stock stage, P14 is presenting Lolita will nicht sterben (Lolita Doesn’t Want to Die) and Prolls auf Pferden (Chavs on Horses) again, as well as the beginning of the Holodeck series with Glanz oder Harnisch, the UdK’s staged reading series.

Other guests in January include: Hauschka & Alma Quartet (New Year's concert), filmmaker Jacques Nolot (Revolver Live!), Roedelius & Kasar (concert), philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy (“Passagen Gespräch”, a conversation organised by the Passagen publishing house), iO Tillet Wright (book launch), Silvia Rieger (reading) and documentary filmmaker Hubertus Siegert (Berlin Babylon - screening of the original remastered in 4K).

Tickets for all events in January are available beginning on 1 December 2017 at the box office in the Volksbühne pavilion, by telephone on +49 (0) 30 2406 5777 and online at Please note that the pre-sale for 10000 gestures by Boris Charmatz (1-3 February 2018) will also begin on 1 December.

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