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Literature in November in the Volksbühne

The Volksbühne is proud to present the following literary events on the main stage and in the Roter Salon in November:

Brainstorms - The Science Slam about the Brain
Friday, 2 November 2018, 20:00
Volksbühne main stage
14 / 9 €

What happens in our heads when we love? How does music influence the brain? What do mirror neurons do? A science slam is the perfect format for presenting neuroscience and neurology, in a way that’s not only relatable, but also very enjoyable. More Info

With: Prof Dr. med. Ulrich Dirnagl, Dr. med. Theodor Rüber, Dr. phil. Andreas Blessing, Dr. Lars Dittrich, Dr. Kiara Aiello and Catarina Luis. Presented by: Rainer Holl

In cooperation with the German Society for Neurology


Thomas Darnstädt Verschlusssache Karlsruhe - Die internen Akten des Bundesverfassungsgerichts. Bernhard Schlink in conversation with the author
Book launch
Saturday, 3 November 2018, 20:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
8 / 5 €

After being classified for decades, the old records of significant trials that shaped the young democracy of the FRG are now accessible to the public. The Karlsruhe documents show how the foundations of the new constitution were wrestled over behind closed doors. They illustrate how a state marked by racism and cries of war could give way to a society in which human dignity and peace are of the highest importance.

Dr. Thomas Darnstädt, born in 1949, is a lawyer and journalist specializing in constitutional law, police law and international law. In his new book he describes how the judges in Karlsruhe set the course for a democratic future for Germany based on the debates on party prohibitions, Paragraph 218 and the Spiegel affair, among others. More Info


What realism?
A discussion about realism in the theatre
Friday, 9 November 2018, 19:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
5 €

One of the most important debates in the arts is the one about a new realism. In the theatre, this realism has arisen from the uneasiness of post-dramatic aesthetics. Formlessness is a threat to art as a medium for critical reflection. This formlessness is opposed by realism, which signifies more than the simple reflection of reality or its immediate presence in the theatre space. Is realism perhaps that which interested the late Brecht: dialectics on stage? Theatre professionals discuss this topic from their perspectives working in the fields of playwriting, acting, directing and dramaturgy. How does a text function on stage? What do actors actually do – and what is their relationship to the text? In staging a scene, how does the director advance the text and acting? And what perspective on the dramatic situation does the dramaturg have? And finally: how does a staged work thus created relate to societal reality? More Info

Discussion participants: Bernd Stegemann, Armin Petras, Wolfram Lotz and Ulrike Krumbiegel. Presented by: Jakob Hayner (Theater der Zeit magazine).

Co-organised with the Peter-Hacks-Gesellschaft


Peter Neumann Jena 1800: Die Republik der freien Geister - Book launch
Presented by: Catherine Newmark (Philosophie Magazin)
Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 20:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
8 / 5 €

Jena 1800: The ideas of the French Revolution are shaking up more than just the political conditions in Europe. An entire generation of young poets and philosophers decide to rethink the world. Its leading figures – including the Schlegel brothers with their wives, the philosopher Schelling and the poet Novalis – meet in the Thuringian university town on the Saale to build a “republic of free minds”. They not only question social traditions, with their view of the individual and nature they also revolutionize our understanding of freedom and reality – and it’s still influential today. More Info

Peter Neumann, born in 1987, is as a freelance writer based in Weimar and teaches philosophy with a focus on German idealism at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.


BERLINER BLUES with Falko Hennig (Rikscha Blues) and Manfred Maurenbrecher (Flüchtig) in a reading-concert - Book launch
Sunday, 18 November 2018, 20:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
8 / 5 €

Manfred Maurenbrecher & Falko Hennig both like to write and make music, in their first joint programme they sing and read the Berlin Blues, solo & in duet. Hennig reads from his novel Rikscha Blues, while Maurenbrecher's new CD Flüchtig (Fleeting) is pure Berliner Blues. Two voices, two keyboard instruments, a slide projector and some light. A reading-concert. More Info

“A road trip through Berlin? To experience that, you have go about it like Falko Hennig does: sit on a rickshaw and drift through the madness and beauty of this city”. (Jakob Hein)


Kabeljau & Talk - The literary game show
With: Malte Abraham and Chris Möller
Thursday, 29 November 2018, 20:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
8 / 5 €

Inspired by US late-night shows, Kabeljau & Talk is a format that combines the pace, humor and playful nature of these programmes and transfers them onto a literary event. At the heart of the evening is a manuscript that an author is currently working on, which is then discussed on stage with two experts. As everyday experts, they escape the world of novels. They work in nightclubs, refugee centres or the UN, and therefore approach these texts with fundamentally different questions. This meeting of minds in conversations, book readings and literary game-show-formats, allows for a surprising change of perspective on tomorrow’s novels. More Info


Tickets are available online, at the Volksbühne box office and by telephone on +49 (0) 30 2406 5777. Please contact the press office at or by telephone on +49 (0)30 24065 610 with press ticket and interview requests, or with any other questions. Photos can be found in the press section of our website

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