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2019  EASTAP ASSOCIATE ARTIST is SHERMIN LANGHOFF, artistic director of MAXIM GORKI THEATRE BERLIN

  Shermin Langhoff began her professional life in publishing and television. After many years in film, collaborating on projects including Gegen die Wand (Head-On) with Fatih Akin, she worked as…

 

Shermin Langhoff began her professional life in publishing and television. After many years in film, collaborating on projects including Gegen die Wand (Head-On) with Fatih Akin, she worked as a curator at Berlin’s Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) theatres from 2004 to 2008. There she founded the “Akademie der Autodidakten” (Academy of Autodidacts), which provided many talented artists with a platform for their work. Her “Beyond Belonging” project series began in 2006, for which she invited artists from other disciplines such as visual arts, literature and film – including Nurkan Erpulat, Nevin Aladağ, Hakan Savaş Mican, Ayşe Polat and Neço Çelik – to tell new stories for the theatre.

In 2008 Langhoff founded the Ballhaus Naunynstraße in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district and made significant contributions to establishing the concept of post-migrant theatre. Since then this concept has become a constant in the societal debates about the country of immigration that Germany has become, and has been widely discussed in academia as well. Several Ballhaus productions, especially Verrücktes Blut (Crazy Blood) by Nurkan Erpulat and Jens Hillje, garnered attention on an international level. Erpulat’s production was invited to Berlin’s Theatertreffen and numerous other international festivals.

Langhoff has been the artistic director of the Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin since the 2013/14 season. In 2014 and 2016, the Gorki was voted “Theatre of the Year” by the German-speaking critics in Theater heute magazine’s survey (together with the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in 2016). Many Gorki productions have received both national and international honours. They’ve also been recognized with invitations to the Theatertreffen festival: in 2015 for the play Common Ground by Yael Ronen and ensemble, followed by The Situation, another work by Yael Ronen and the ensemble, in 2016.

Under Langhoff’s direction, the Maxim Gorki Theatre understands itself as a place in which constructions of nation, identity, and belonging are questioned by dealing with history and presenting trans-local references. For the beginning of her tenure in 2013, Langhoff organised the first Berlin Herbstsalon (Berlin Autumn Salon), an interdisciplinary exhibition-parcour, in which around 30 artists shed light on the historic area around the Maxim Gorki Theatre from a variety of perspectives over a period of two weeks. Two years later in 2015, the second salon devoted itself to flight and seeking refuge, and how visible and invisible borders separate people from one another: in this context, a special kind of encounter between political art and activism was enabled. For the third salon in 2017, the exhibition expanded to encompass the entire city. From the Brandenburg Gate, through the Maxim Gorki Theatre to the historic Kronprinzenpalais (Crown Prince’s Palace), the exhibition gathered works by about 100 artists from around the world. Under the slogan “De-integrate Yourselves!”, they presented a manifold rebellion against attributions, generalisations and simplifications and invited a broad public to engage with these social issues. More than 20,000 visitors came to the exhibition rooms alone, admission to which was free of charge.

Shermin Langhoff has received several awards for her work at the Maxim Gorki Theatre. In 2015 the B.Z. newspaper awarded her with their culture prize. In 2016 she received the East End Theatre Prize and, in the same year, the prestigious Theatre Prize Berlin from the Preussische Seehandlung foundation, together with Jens Hillje, co-artistic director. Under their leadership, the Gorki has deliberately become a radical venue “reflecting the diversity of the city’s population in its performance and discussion programme, as well as in its ensemble: German actors from around the world who perform their way out of pigeon-holes, attributions and (gender) certainties”, the jury explained. “For them identity is not a fixed category, rather an opportunity to reconsider and re-examine oneself time and again, in social, artistic and political spaces”.

In addition, the Alfred Toepfer Foundation awarded Shermin Langhoff its KAIROS European culture prize in 2011 for her work as a cultural mentor. The Helga and Edzard Reuter Foundation has honoured her for notable achievements in the field of international understanding and integration. In 2012 she received the Moses Mendelssohn Prize from the Berlin government. She was presented with the Theodor Heuss Medal in 2014. In 2017 she was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Merit) by German President Joachim Gauck for her achievements in culture.

Shermin Langhoff is a member of the jury at the Tarabya Academy for Culture in Istanbul and for both the Alfred Topfer Stiftung’s KAIROS award and the city of Augsburg’s Bertolt Brecht award. From 2012 to 2017, she was on the board of trustees of the Eberhard-Schultz-Stiftung für soziale Menschenrechte und Partizipation (Eberhard-Schultz-Foundation for Social Human Rights and Participation) and served as an expert and a founding member of the Germany-wide Rat für kulturelle Bildung (Council for Cultural Education).

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JOIN US!!! Coming conferences in 2019 and 2020

In  Lisbon, September 2019 conference organised  by Maria Joao Brilhante and Tiago Rodrigues   in Bologna, February 2020 conference organised by  Daniele Vianello and Claudio Longhi with VIE Festival  …

In  Lisbon, September 2019

conference organised  by Maria Joao Brilhante and Tiago Rodrigues

 

in Bologna, February 2020

conference organised by  Daniele Vianello and Claudio Longhi

with VIE Festival

 

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Launching European Journal of Theatre and Performance

European Journal of Theatre and Performance  https://journal.eastap.com Number 1 / March 2019 Titre:  Spectres of Europe: European Theatre between Communitarianism and Cosmopolitanism’ Table of contents

European Journal of Theatre and Performance

 https://journal.eastap.com

Number 1 / March 2019

Titre:  Spectres of Europe: European Theatre between Communitarianism and Cosmopolitanism’

Table of contents

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Lisbonne | 23-24-25 septembre 2019

 Mémoire(s) partagée(s): création, recherche et politique sur la scène européenne contemporaine. Appel à communications (FR) Call for papers (ENG) Chamada à submissão de comunicações (PT)

 Mémoire(s) partagée(s):

création, recherche et politique sur la scène européenne contemporaine.

Appel à communications (FR)

Call for papers (ENG)

Chamada à submissão de comunicações (PT)

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What is the Theatre? Christian Biet & Christophe Triau

What is the Theatre? is one of the most coherent and systematic descriptions and analyses of the theatre yet compiled. Theatre is, above all, spectacle. It is a fleeting performance, delivered…

https://www.routledge.com/What-is-the-Theatre/Biet-Triau/p/book/9781138701656

What is the Theatre? is one of the most coherent and systematic descriptions and analyses of the theatre yet compiled. Theatre is, above all, spectacle. It is a fleeting performance, delivered by actors and intended for spectators. It is a work of the body, an exercise of voice and gesture addressed to an audience, most often in a specific location and with a unique setting. This entertainment event rests on the delivery of a thing promised and expected – a particular and unique performance witnessed by spectators who have come to the site of the performance for this very reason. To witness theatre is to take into account the performance, but it is also to take into account the printed text as readable object and a written proposition.

In this book, Christian Biet and Christophe Triau focus on the practical, theoretical and historical positions that the spectator and the reader have had in relation to the locations that they frequent and the texts that they handle. They adopt two approaches: analysing the spectacle in its theatrical and historical context in an attempt to seek out the principles and paradigms of approaching the theatre experience on one hand, and analysing the dramaturgy of a production in order to establish lines of interpretation and how to read, represent and stage a text, on the other. This approach allows us to better understand the ties that link those who participate in the theatre to the practitioners who create theatrical entertainment.

More informations : https://www.routledge.com/What-is-the-Theatre/Biet-Triau/p/book/9781138701656

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Thomas Bellinck – House of European History in Exile

Thomas BELLINCK Artiste visuel (Belgique) House of European History in Exile (Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo) Entretien de Thomas Bellinck réalisé par l’Observatoire Critique : The Belgian director Thomas…

Thomas BELLINCK

Artiste visuel (Belgique)

House of European History in Exile (Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo)

Entretien de Thomas Bellinck réalisé par l’Observatoire Critique :

The Belgian director Thomas Bellinck recreates an unsettlingly topical work that looked ahead to the future of Europe. The first international exposition on life in the former European Union…

Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo (House of European History in Exile) takes us back over half a century to the beginning of the 21st century. It is a little-known, poorly documented period, and yet it was a crucible of upheavals. It was a strange time, you see, when national borders were becoming blurred, a single currency called the Euro was used for trade, and when Brussels, not War­saw, was the beating heart of the old continent. Despite appearances, Thomas Bellinck is not a ‘Eurosceptic’, quite the contrary, he is eager to awaken awareness in today’s Europe, where nationalism raises old demons and causes people to look inwards to affirm their identities. So before it’s too late, let’s look ahead to a future that may well look like what is starting to happen before our very eyes…

Born in 1983, Brussels-based artist Thomas Bellinck often places questions on the European construction at the heart of his work. Standing at the crossroads between performance, installation art and film, he is known in particular for his work focusing on pow­er, politics and systemic violence which he explores with professional and non-professional actors, scientists, etc.

Thomas Bellinck studied Germanic Philology and theatre directing. In 2009, selected for the Flemish Theatre Festival for a political initiative with illegalized immigrants on hunger strike, he opened the festival with a speech entitled We were dying and then we got a prize. In 2010, he co-set up the Steigeisen theatre company, staging such documentary performances as Fobbit, Billy, Sally, Jerry and the .38 Gun, Lethal Inc., De Onkreukelbare and Memento Park. In 2013, at the Flemish National Theatre in Brussels, Thomas created Domo de Eŭropa Historio en Ekzilo, a futuristic-historical exhibition on “life in the former European Union”. The as-if-museum then travelled to other European cities, including Rotterdam, Vienna, Athens, Wiesbaden and Marseille. In 2015, Thomas co-established ROBIN, an artist-run production structure for tailor-made artistic work. From 2017 onwards, he has been working as a PhD research­er at KASK / School of Arts at the University College in Ghent, where he is one of the founding members of The School of Speculative Documentary. Thomas Bellinck is currently developing Simple as ABC, a series of performances and installations about the apparatus of Western “migration management” and the visual economy of the illegalisation of migration. After an audio play about smell-based detection technology and a musical about the digitalization of “migration management”, he is now working on the next chapter, Sim­ple as ABC #3: The Wild Hunt, which will premiere in May 2019.

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