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The Volksbühne Berlin’s programme for March 2018

Rêve et Folie (Dream and Derangement). After the acclaimed Paris premiere of Dream and Derangement (2016), 93-year-old Claude Régy, one of the most influential directors in European theatre, announced his retirement. And now, this acclaimed French director’s final work can be seen in Berlin. The fact that poet Georg Trakl’s work is at the centre of this piece shows Régy’s affinity for independent radicals and the early modern period. A stage séance with a strict adherence to form, featuring Yann Boudaud. German premiere on 2 March.

The Virgin Suicides. Susanne Kennedy tells of the suburban life of an American middle-class family with five teenage daughters, based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. The suicide of the youngest daughter begins the “year of suicides”. Kennedy stages a psychedelic trip following the structure of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, accompanied by texts by Timothy Leary, a well-known proponent of psychedelics. A Volksbühne production, in co-production with the Münchner Kammerspiele. Berlin premiere on 15 March.

Rheingold is a social satire based on the real case of a Dusseldorf art dealer. With a light-hearted tone, director Jan Bonny and visual artist Alex Wissel have designed a comedy of manners about the longings of a trickster and the big question: how did Joseph Beuys’ dictum “everyone is an artist” turn into “Me, Incorporated”? The 10-part web series was commissioned by the Volksbühne. With i.a. Bibiana Beglau, Joachim Krol, Ronald Kukulies, Shenja Lacher and Ricarda Seifried. Online premiere of the first episode on Volksbühne Fullscreen on 12 March (followed by a new episode every week).

Also new in March: the premiere of The Contemporaries in cooperation with the State Ballet School of Berlin; French philosopher Alan Badiou as Peter Engelmann’s guest in a new installment of the Passagen Gespräche discourse series; a football event, 11 Freunde Live; a music film, Eure Kinder; as well as concerts from singer-songwriter and guitarist Kat Frankie on two evenings in a row on the main stage.

Tickets for all events in March are available beginning on 1 February 2018 at the box office in the Volksbühne pavilion, by telephone on +49 (0) 30 2406 5777 and online at

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