Theatre-maker and writer Pieter De Buysser and the Estonian artist Maike Lond are creating a performance inspired by the life of Clara Immerwahr. The wife of Fritz Haber, father of chemical warfare. Clara Immerwahr, a brilliant chemist herself, tried to resist her husband's cocktails of war and science.
Theatre maker Laila Soliman looks for the story of the 1919 Egyptian revolution in songs, plays and archives. Into this she weaves the story of two theatre divas of that time – the first Muslim women ever to perform on stage, thus unleashing a revolution in theatre and in the lives of many Muslim women. Are there parallels with today’s Tahrir uprisings?
In Sounds like War: Kriegserklärung, the Berlin-based performance group andcompany&Co. looks for the relationship between performance art and the art of warfare, creating a sound of battle with space for many voices – maybe an alternative to the so-called ‘concert of European powers’. Davis Freeman closes the evening with a devious performance on violence: What You Need To Know.
Directed by Tim Etchells and based on the novel by Ágota Kristóf, The Notebook tells the story of twin brothers evacuated to the Hungarian countryside during World War II. Kristof’s narrational language – bold, crisp and reduced – provides the basis for a compelling performance.
On 28th June 1914 Gavrilo Princip killed Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Habsburg throne, during his visit to Sarajevo. The attack sparked off the events leading to WWI. De Warme Winkel presents us with a performance about a world that is on the verge of disappearing. A manic, orgiastic, theatrical reconstruction which is ultimately reminiscent only of a battlefield.
Where do we stand and how did we get here? And where do we go from here? These are important questions! Does the superb company de Koe perhaps have an answer? Come and see the Grand Finale of their majestic yet also light-hearted history of the West, a cheerful meandering stream of personal memories, political anecdotes, historical events and unexpected philosophical insights.
With his International Institute for Political Murder, Swiss director Milo Rau makes films and theatre performances that combine art, history and politics. Hate Radio tells the story of the genocide in Rwanda from the studio of radio Mille Collines, based on real time broadcasts and authentic accounts. History here comes very close.