Saturday, 8th May 2010

SOPHIENSAELE (Sophienstraße 18, 10178 Berlin)


9.30 am: Reception

10.00 – 11.30 am: Theatre as Memory-Reservoir

The political, cultural and social upheavals after 1989 and their diverse effects on people's lives were accompanied by and intensively reflected in literature and drama. The invention of nations, new identities and conceptions of history also influence the theatre culture in Central and East  Europe. Does contemporary drama function in this way as a reservoir and site of memory, in order to come to terms with the sometimes traumatic experiences of transformation? What relationship do drama and its forms of presentation have with the at times grotesque excesses of the “new societies”? What answers can young female playwrights with their search for orientation, dissociations and new identifications find to these rapid processes of change? It is these issues that Monika Muskala (playwright and translator, Austria/Poland) and Gianina Carbunariu (playwright, Romania) will discuss in this plenary.

Chaired by Insa Wilke (literature academic and journalist, Germany)

11.30 – 12.00 pm: Coffee break

12.00- 1.30 pm: Crossroads

The world of theatre and world theatre – both develop through intercultural encounters, through the exchange of directing and dramaturgy, through texts and academic positions. Discussing this interaction between East and West, the changes to the German-language theatre industry brought about through the opening to the East, as well as new cultural alliances of recent years, will be Gordana Vnuk (theatre expert, Croatia), Christina Links (publisher, Germany), Yvonne Büdenhölzer (curator, Germany) and Nino Haratischwili (playwright, Georgia)

Chaired by: Claudia Dathe (translator, Germany)

1.30 – 3.00 pm: Lunch break

3.00 – 4.00pm: Closing Discussion. Balance and Perspectives

Round table discussion with all symposium participants.

Chaired by: Claudia Dathe (translator, Germany)