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The programme book for the second half of the 2017/2018 season

Today the Volksbühne Berlin is releasing the programme book for the second half of the 2017/2018 season - available to download or browse. This programme book covers February to July, during which ten productions will be shown for the first time on the main stage at Rosa Luxemburg Platz, including world premieres, debuts and guest performances. The directors and choreographers featured during this part of the season include Albert Serra, Claude Régy, Susanne Kennedy, Yael Bartana, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Gisèle Vienne, Boris Charmatz, Mette Ingvartsen and Bonn Park. In addition, eight premieres will take place in the Dritter Stock and Grüner Salon, three new works will celebrate online premieres on Volksbühne Fullscreen and seven pieces that premiered in the first half of the season will be featured in the repertoire.

New on the main stage:
Liberté marks Catalan film and theater director Albert Serra’s return to the theatre stage. Known for his intense and controversial portraits of Don Quixote, King Louis XIV, Hitler and Goethe, he sets this story in an enticing, utopian 18th century. Right before the revolution, a group of French freethinkers comes together to export libertinage to Germany. With i.a. Ingrid Caven, Anne Tismer and Helmut Berger. World premiere on 22 February.
After the celebrated premiere of Rêve et Folie (Dream and Derangement), 93-year-old Claude Régy, one of the most influential directors in European theatre, announced his retirement from the theatre. 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 sets off 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.

Inspired by Stanley Kubrick's satire Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Yael Bartana initiates a forum for the investigation of possible alternatives and actions in a male-dominated world with What if Women Ruled the World?. Every evening, actresses meet with female defence advisers, soldiers, politicians, peace activists and human rights activists. Intertwining fiction and serious political experiment, together they attempt to solve pressing global problems and keep the Doomsday Clock from reaching midnight. German premiere on 12 April.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is one of the few choreographers who continually aims to engage with contemporary music. For Vortex Temporum (2013) and the exhibition Work / Travail / Arbeid (2015), celebrated during its time in Brussels, Paris and New York, two extraordinary Belgian ensembles have been brought together: the Rosas Company, founded by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and the Ictus Ensemble, which specialises in ‘new music’. The focus of both works is Vortex Temporum (English: swirl of times), a late work by French composer Gérard Grisey. In dialogue with a score and the Volksbühne’s stage, the dancers and musicians transform a choreographic work into an exhibition. Vortex Temporum, guest performance beginning on 20 April, Work / Travail / Arbeid, German premiere from 26 April.

CROWD is a production by Paris-based director, choreographer and visual artist Gisèle Vienne. The setting is Europe, we are in the 21st century. A group of young people are gathering for a party. CROWD is a reflection on the forms and significance of violence for modern societies, featuring 15 performers. Music and live mix by DJ Peter Rehberg and SUNN O)))-founder Stephen O'Malley. German premiere on 13 June.

enfant (child), a piece for three machines, nine dancers and a group of children by Boris Charmatz, is one of the most intense, moving dance pieces of recent years. A re-staging of the original work with children from Berlin, premiere on 21 June.

7 Pleasures by Mette Ingvartsen searches for new forms of pleasure beyond the choreography of everyday life. Twelve performers flow into each other in a long, sensual movement. Guest performance from 27 June.

Drei Milliarden Schwestern (Three Billion Sisters) is just like Chekhov’s Three Sisters, only instead of Moscow, there are comets rushing towards Earth, rising sea levels and zombies that bite. A music theatre work by director, author and winner of the 2017 Stückemarkt festival for new plays Bonn Park, in cooperation with P14. World premiere in early July.

New in the Grüner Salon, Dritter Stock and on Volksbühne Fullscreen:
Over the course of this season in the Grüner Salon, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff are staging a series of four plays about the rise and fall of a city. The first, News Crime Sports, is now being followed by Health and Safety. World premiere on 8 February (parts 3 & 4 in April and June).

Left to Tell is a live performance by Tim Etchells, author, director and artistic director of Forced Entertainment, and musician and performer Marino Formenti, who are appearing together for the first time. In Left to Tell they respond to different motifs from the works of Samuel Beckett and Morton Feldman. World premiere on 15 February on Volksbühne Fullscreen and live in the Volksbühne Dritter Stock on 17 February.

Rheingold is a social satire based on the real case of a Dusseldorf art advisor. 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”? This 10-part web series was commissioned
by the Volksbühne. With i.a. Bibiana Beglau, Joachim Krol, Ronald Kukulies, Shenja Laugh and Ricarda Seifried. Online premiere of the first episode on Volksbühne Fullscreen on 12 March (followed by a new episode every week).

Bardo by Berlin-based artist Jesse Darling is a narrative computer game set in an industrial wasteland on the edge of the city of the dead. A work commissioned by the Volksbühne for Volksbühne Fullscreen. Online premiere in April.

69 Positions by Mette Ingvartsen is a solo performance in which the Danish choreographer leads the audience through a space in which performances, films, texts and images of a sexual utopia, with its roots in the counterculture of the 1960s, are brought to life. Guest performance from 10 May.

P14 in Dritter Stock, the experimental space for young theatre makers at the Volksbühne, is hosting four more premieres: Betrunken am Highway (Drunk on the Highway, directed by Charlotte Brandhorst), Here (directed by Paula Knüpling, Marina Prados), Liebe ohne Leiden(Love Without Suffering, directed by Marlene Knobloch) and Ich steh schon derbe lang auf Dich(I’ve Been Into You for a Real Long Time, directed by Leonie Jenning). Artistic Director: Vanessa Unzalu Troya.

The successful series with special guests on literature, music, theory, party and film in the Roter Salon will be continued, as well as the discussion series in cooperation with the Passagen Verlag: philosopher, mathematician and author Alain Badiou is the next guest on 16 March. A new series, Un-Spoken, will feature talks, presentations and performances with Arab artists and filmmakers living in Germany and Europe, presented by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the Volksbühne Berlin. Also new is our long-term cooperation with the State Ballet School Berlin, which will be presented on the main stage for the first time with the premiere of The Contemporaries - im Hier und Jetzt (Volume 2) on 9 March.

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