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The Volksbühne Berlin's programme in May 2018

The Volksbühne Berlin’s May programme with details about all premieres and other events can be downloaded here.

During the month of the Theatertreffen festival, the Volksbühne presents the most important new productions of the past months in concentrated form - Albert Serra’s Liberté, Samuel Beckett’s Not I / Footfalls / Eh, Joe, Susanne Kennedy's Women in Trouble and The Suicide Sisters, Jérôme Bel’s The show must go on, as well as the final performance of Mohammad Al Attar’s and Omar Abusaada’s Iphigenia.

On 8 May, the Volksbühne is hosting a panel discussion in the Sternfoyer on the topic of the new Volksbühne’s programming -- in the context of the debate about the expectations, conditions and opportunities that shape what theatre is and can be today. Moderated by Jörn Schafaff with theater studies professor Doris Kolesch, director Susanne Kennedy and critic Ekkehard Knörer.

On 10-12 May, Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen will present her acclaimed solo 69 Positions as a guest performance at the Volksbühne for the first time. This performance serves as a tour through the archive of sexual performances, as Ingvartsen guides the audience through a parcours in the 3. Stock space -- in which performances, films, texts and images are brought to life through movement and language.

On 25 May, the Volksbühne will screen all ten episodes of the Rheingold web series on the main stage. Tracing the rise and fall of Düsseldorf art consultant Helge Achenbach, the series was shot in February in the Volksbühne and is being broadcast weekly on Volksbühne Fullscreen beginning on 23 April. After the screening, Rheingold creators Jan Bonny and Alex Wissel will take part in a panel discussion.

Also coming up in May: P14’s premiere Leiden ohne Liebe (Suffering without Love); art and sound collective Chicks on Speed’s 20th anniversary concert; a screening of Albert Serra's award-winning film La Mort de Louis XIV (The Death of Louis XIV), followed by a Q&A with lead actor and Nouvelle Vague star Jean-Pierre Léaud (TBC); founding member of The Birthday Party and Bad Seeds Mick Harvey performing Serge Gainsbourg's songs; as well as the online premiere of the narrative game Bardo by artist Jesse Darling and game architect Christian Kokott, a work commissioned for Volksbühne Fullscreen.

New in May: The Volksbühne initiates a once-a-month “Theatertag”. On these “theatre days”, tickets for all seating areas only cost 12 / 8 Euro and the first date is 18 May, for Jérôme Bel’s The show must go on. Tickets for all events in May are available beginning on 1 April online at, and beginning on 3 April at the Volksbühne box office and by telephone on +49 (0) 30 2406 5777 as well.

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