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Literature in the Volksbühne in May 2019

The Volksbühne is presenting the following literary and discussion events on the main stage and in the Roter Salon in May.

Main Stage

The „Blätter“ Democracy Lecture 2019:
Luiz Ruffato. Brasilien: Der neue Faschismus?
Lecture: Thursday, 02.05.2019, 19:00
Volksbühne main stage
3 €

A fascist rules the world’s fifth largest democracy: Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s newly elected president glorifies the old military dictatorship, stirs up hatred against the opposition, and accelerates the destruction of nature. Does democracy still have a chance in Brazil? And how does its fate impact Latin America, a place once believed to be the cradle of a leftist movement?

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Passagen Gespräch: Hélène Cixous and Peter Engelmann
Discussion: Monday, 06.05.2019, 20:00
Volksbühne main stage
14 / conc. 9 €

The French writer and philosopher Hélène Cixous ranks among the great pioneers of feminism and is the founder of an écriture féminine. Publisher and philosopher Peter Engelmann speaks with her about her political engagement, contemporary feminism and the emancipatory potential of writing. More information


Rechte Räume: an architecture-political travelogue
Introduction: Armen Avanession, Anh-Linh Ngo (Arch+)
Host: Stephan Trüby (IGmA)
Discussion: Friday, 24.05.2019, 20:00
Volksbühne main stage
5 €

The rise of the (new) political right also has implications for the politics of architecture. This research project is designed to be a contribution to re-politicising the architectural discourse and to spatialising the political discourse. More information


Roter Salon

A und A Kulturstiftung’s Literary Prize for 2019: Dorothee Elmiger
Laudation: Christine Lötscher
Reading: Samia Dauenhauer and Mex Schlüpfer
Oud: Obeid Alousef
Friday, 03.05.2019, 20:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
Free admission

Dorothee Elmiger receives the A und A Kulturstiftung’s literary prize for her novel Schlafgänger: Intense, political, combative: a novel about prosperity and the distribution of resources, about migration and crossing borders. This novel illuminates the explosive questions of our present. And in this Elmiger finds a language that hasn't been heard in contemporary German literature before. More information


Helmut Krausser: Zur Wildnis. 45 Kurze aus Berlin
Book release: Wednesday, 15.05.2019, 20:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
8 / conc. 5 €

Pub talk from Berlin-Neukölln, carefully overheard or cleverly invented by Helmut Krausser. Krausser recorded his experiences in the “wilderness” in columns that appeared in the Zitty city magazine from 2015 to 2018: witty, comical, lively observations from the metropolis – complete with the snotty charm of Berliner “service” culture. More information


Das Theoretische Duett empfiehlt Taktiken des Verharmlosens
With: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer and Hendrik van den Grachten
Guest: Der Täubling (musician)
Saturday, 18.05.2019, 20:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
10 / conc. 7 €

Music sociologist Prof. Dr. Brigitte Emmersdorfer (Vienna) and journalist and host of various discussion formats Hendrik van den Grachten (Amsterdam) are unified by their long-term and continual search for the manifestation of the fetish character in music, connected with their respective ways of decrypting and forms of experience. Are trauma and spirituality conventional pioneers of the modern? More information


Reformbühne Heim & Welt - mit Text und Ton das Ohr am Zahn der Zeit
Sunday, 05.05.2019, 20:00: with Lea Streisand, Richie & Bel
Sunday, 12.05.2019, 20:00: with Masha Potempa, Katharina Greve
Sunday, 19.05. 2019, 20:00: with Bolschewistische Kurkapelle Schwarz-Rot, Hauck & Bauer
Sunday, 26.05. 2019, 20:00: with Paula Irmschler, Ostberlin Androgyn
Sunday, 02.06.2019, 20:00: with Moritz Hürtgen, Danny Dziuk
Volksbühne Roter Salon
8 / conc. 5 €

Since January 1995, the Reformbühne Heim & Welt (roughly: Stage of Reform – Home and World) has taken place – under its perpetual motto “the best is something new” – every Sunday, but really every damn Sunday, in order to share with the audience stories and songs, agitation and propaganda, jokes and whims, as well as the best and rest. Every Sunday new texts, every Sunday new guests, every Sunday literature, satire, poetry slam and music. Every Sunday two hours of Heim und Welt in the Roter Salon.


Es geht um die Texte – Lesung Tippgemeinschaft 2019
Texts by students at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig:
Anna Kira Koltermann, Julian Korb, Anne Oltscher, Tobias Siebert
Thursday, 23.05.2019, 20:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
8 / conc. 5 €

In this edition we're aiming to place the text in the foreground. Dis-place it and make room for a Furthermore, an And Still, an As If. Offer a different interpretation. An opportunity to evaluate just how much our assumptions about authors influence how we read texts. We're fed up with the fact that authors are usually conflated with their work, that a text is evaluated and endorsed according to how well-known its author is. We fight against name-dropping, a biographical search for references – especially in backgrounds and gender. We aim to disrupt conditioned ways of reading. It's an invitation to irritation. More information


Schön hausen by Peter Brasch – the release of the new edition
With Marion Brasch, Lena Brasch and Alexander Scheer
Saturday, 25.05.2019, 20:00
Volksbühne Roter Salon
8 / conc. 5 €

Gianluca is a gravedigger and bell-ringer in a small Italian village. One day he finds himself in Berlin on Alexanderplatz, accompanied by a doddering bird that's inclined to excessive alcohol consumption. From his home on a park bench he prowls through the city, encountering Vietnamese cigarette dealers, housewives, art photographers, police officers – and again and again he meets this man named Brasch, who happily accepts Gianluca's offer to switch roles.

Peter Brasch shapes an entirely unique magical realism Berlin-style in this picaresque novel of the 90s. Locations and times flow together, bodies and identities are interchangeable, author Brash encounters his own self as a character. The fall of the Berlin wall was followed by the levelling of all borders. For these autobiographically inspired characters, the world melts between desire and desperation, home and away, past and future. More information


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