For over 25 years, the Volksbühne on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz was one of the most influential theatres in the German-speaking world. At the center of the converging capital, Frank Castorf’s ensemble transformed the cultural friction between East and West into an unparalleled artistic explosion, polarizing and connecting, representing the city’s social demarcation lines and its collective obsession with art. The end of the era, which began in 1992 with Ivan Nagel’s visionary “famous in three years or dead”, was followed by a teasing interlude – and all questions were open.
The special edition of the magazine “Theater der Zeit” documents the symposium “Vorsicht Volksbühne!” in the Berlin Academy of the Arts – with well-known participants such as Christian Grashof, Thomas Oberender and Nele Hertling – and approaches moreover in photographs and essays, for example by Wolfgang Engler, Thomas Köck and Guillaume Paoli, the past and possible future of the Volksbühne with a comprehensive view of theater, city and audience.
Contributors: Evelyn Annuß, Anna Bergmann, Amelie Deuflhard, Klaus Dobbrick, Klaus Dörr, Wolfgang Engler, Christian Grashof, Annett Gröschner, Nele Hertling, Ulrich Khuon, Ulrike Köhler, Iris Laufenberg, Klaus Lederer, Thomas Martin, Hartmut Meyer, Thomas Oberender, Frank Raddatz, Hannah Schopf, Esther Slevogt, Staub zu Glitzer (Nils Bunjaku), Kathrin Tiedemann, Klaus Völker.
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