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Programme Grüner Salon in June

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We are delighted to invite you to the following events at the Grüner Salon in June, shortly before the theater closes for its holiday break:

Noam Brusilovsky: The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Dying in Bern
Audioplay pre-premiere: 02.06.2019, 19:00, 8 / con. 5 €, German

The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Dying in Bern describes the development process of a theater production in a collage of stage recordings, voiceovers, plays, and lectures: After twenty-six-year-old theater director Amir Kaplan got cancer, he made his own illness into the subject of a theatrical production, inspired by the Tolstoy novel of 1886. He raises similar questions to those of Tolstoy’s protagonist: “How can the story of one’s own illness be told by others, and how can the the unimaginable – death – be portrayed on a stage?” The author and director Noam Brusilovsky presents his audioplay for the first time in the Grünen Salon, followed by a discussion with Sabine Küchler, editorial manager for Audioplays of Deutschlandfunk). The event is organized in collaboration with Deutschlandfunk und dem Südwestrundfunk. More Information


2 um 8: Der radioeins und Freitag Salon
Jakob Augstein in Conversation with Sophie Passmann

Discourse: 03.06.2019, 20:00, 10 / con. 8 €, German

Once a month at the Grüner Salon, the journalist and publisher Jakob Augstein sits down with a different guest to discuss politics in culture, society and its constraints, the mechanisms of publicity and lies, and the disappearance of democracy in capitalist societies. radioeins broadcasts the conversations live. This month he invites author and moderator Sophie Passmann to discuss current debate culture, left-wing utopias, Europe, and old white men. More Information


ASSEMBLE: Ligia Lewis in Conversation with Joshua Chambers-Letson
Discourse: 04.06.2019, 19:00, 5 / con. 3 €, English

Choreographer and dancer Ligia Lewis recently concluded a massive stage production in three parts: Sorrow Swag (2014), Minor Matter (2016) and Water Will (2018). Her performers jump between individual and group identities, or engage with outside forces such as light or water in ways that regulate or permeate their bodies. In conversation with performance studies and critical race theorist Joshua Chambers-Letson, she discusses the pieces’ conceptual backgrounds and rooting in urgent political discussions. Together, they examine the issues of racial inequalities, othering, embodiment and solidarity inherent to her work. More Information


African Acid Is The Future: Mdou Moctar
Concert: 06.06.2019, 22:00, 20 €

Mdou Moctar’s unconventional interpretations on the Tuareg guitar immediately distinguish him as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. He is especially celebrated for his original compositions and verbose poetry, an original creator in a genre defined by cover bands. Even though Saharan rock has become one of the continent’s biggest musical exports, Mdou shreds with a relentless and frenetic energy that utterly sets him apart. The evening features songs from Ilana, recorded in Detroit in 2018, alongside songs from his earlier répertoire, and is presented within the framework of African Acid Is The Future at the intimacy of the Grüner Salon. More Information



The exhibition space LVX, the Volksbühne’s Pavilion, has been exhibition contemporary visual artists and collective since March 2019. The current exhibition Starship. The Near Future by the artist colleactive Starship is still on view through June 16 (Thu-Sun, 16:00-20:00). In the next season of 2019/2020, LVX opens its program on September 13 with an exhibition by the New-York based artist Aviva Silverman.



As a venue for visual art and discourse, the Grüner Salon appears in a different costume almost every night. It welcomes artists and thinkers, as well as Berlin communities and initiatives to present their work in its intimate atmosphere. Its program for the 2019/2020 season sees the continuation of established series and collaborations such as Real Talk with Bard College Berlin; Was Ihr Wollt! with the New Patrons; the series Technobodies, curated by Yvonne Zindel; the performance and discussion series ASSEMBLE; the School of Disobedience in collaboration with the Nemetschek foundation as well as the radioeins und Freitag Salon with Jakob Augstein. It also founds new long-term partnerships with Frieze magazine and others. Whether it is used as a stage, a seminar room or a dance floor, the Grüner Salon provides space for forms of care and hospitality, explores performativity and body politics and focuses on possibilities of dismantling inequalities and building new alliances. The program is curated by Elodie Evers and Adela Yawitz.


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