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Literature at the Volksbühne in April 2018

The Volksbühne’s April literary programme includes Stefanie Sargnagel on the main stage, as well as book releases, author talks, a performance and the presentation of the A und A Kulturstiftung’s literary prize 2018 in the Roter Salon:

Stefanie Sargnagel & Puneh Ansari
Monday, 23 April 2018, 8 pm / DJ Mr. Freeze beginning at 7 pm
Volksbühne main stage
Admission: 18 €/ 14€

On 23 April Stefanie Sargnagel will read from her books Fitness, Binge Living and In der Zukunft sind wir alle tot (In the future we’ll all be dead), as well as from her current book Statusmeldungen (Status updates), at the Volksbühne. She writes with radical subjectivity and wisdom about the so-called simple life, feminism, hopelessness and depression. Sargnagel is frugal with her words, whilst always returning to her narrative, and then occasionally sketches something. She explodes all genre barriers and takes an unused path to a destination one does not necessarily have to call a novel to be enchanted by it. It is often ragingly funny and sometimes tragic. Support act for this event will be Puneh Ansari with her debut Hoffnun’. More info


Edgar Rai
Halbschwergewicht (Light Heavyweight)
Presenter: Knut Elstermann
Friday, 6 April 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
Admission: 8 €

Lucky, a former boxer, is released from prison. What exactly it was that put him away remains a mystery to him. His people are involved and his wife Yvonne, now his ex-wife. A drama is on the horizon. More info.


Gretchen Dutschke
1968. Worauf wir stolz sein dürfen. (1968. What we can be proud of)
Stefan Aust and Jakob Hein in conversation with the author
Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
Admission: 8 €

Gretchen Dutschke interprets the history of ‘68 as an anti-authoritarian cultural revolution -- in spite of all the resistance from divergent interpretations that result from the events that led to the so-called German Autumn. More info.


German-Israeli Literature Days 2018: Defense Files tv series
Germany Debut
Conversation and Q&A with producer Liran Atzmor
Host: Christian Römer
Friday, 13 April 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
Admission: 8 €

A merciless view of the Israeli criminal justice system that follows public defenders and their charges, innocent or guilty, wherever they go. The 6-part series won the 2014 Documentary Filmmakers Prize for Best Series. In cooperation with Goethe-Institute and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. More info.


Poetry Performance with RAN; Drums
Percussion: Nico Lippolis
Thursday, 19 April 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
Admission: 8 €

RAZOR BLADE WALK, the new stage show by RAN, combines expressive Poetry Performance with brilliant jazz technique by the drummer Nico Lippolis. A must for hungry hearts and cerebral pirates. More info.


Die Reise ins Reich - unter Reichsbürgern
Reading and discussion with author Tobias Ginsburg and Jan Rathje
Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
Admission: 8 €

Tobias Ginsburg’s Die Reise ins Reich (Journey into the Reich) discloses illuminating information about a threat that’s arrived in the middle of society and changed the political understanding of a wider audience. More info.


Presentation of the A und A Kulturstiftung’s 2018 literature prize to Axel Ruoff
Friday, 27 April 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
Free admission

On 27 April 2018 in the Volksbühne’s Roter Salon, the A und A Kulturstiftung’s 2018 literature prize will be awarded to writer and filmmaker Axel Ruoff for his novel Apatit (2015). The laudatio will be given by Uwe Schütte, readings presented by Anne Tismer and Dominik Bender, with musical accompaniment from Greg Cohen.

Axel Ruoff, born 1971 in Munich, studied literature, philosophy and art history in Berlin and Aix-en-Provence. After nearly a decade in Marseilles, he’s been living in Berlin again since 2005. He writes and makes films.


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