Festival International New Dram
31 March – 10 April 2022

In 2022, the Festival International New Drama is returning to its traditional slot in spring. From 31 March until 10 April, productions from the international theatre scene will receive their German premieres at FIND. Following the previous edition, which was postponed to October 2021 due to the pandemic, the festival is now resuming its established tradition of showing new works from large parts of the world. The 2022 festival is especially highlighting »the Americas«, from Canada to the USA to Chile, alongside the two French-speaking countries of Belgium and France.

Artist in Focus: Robert Lepage

In its upcoming edition, FIND is once again dedicating a focus to an important figure in international theatre: this time round it is the French-Canadian theatre director, writer, actor and filmmaker Robert Lepage (Montréal). Lepage’s work is unique in its extensive use of theatrical means and has shaped severval generations of theatre makers. It combines a joy in playfulness and sense of humour with tragedy, a breathtaking visual power with a rigorously deliberate economy of dramaturgy and staging.

One of Lepage’s most recent works, the monodrama »887«, is being shown in Berlin for the first time as he appears himself on the stage to undertake a journey into his own memory. The recollection of childhood and its reversals of fortune becomes a reflection on the mechanisms of remembering. At the same time, Lepage examines the common source of memory and theatre.

In »The Seven Streams of the River Ota«, created between 1994 and 1996, Lepage is reviving a masterpiece from his early years for FIND. The eponymous seven branches of the Ota River in Japan are incarnated in seven stories that represent the great scourges of humanity in the half century between 1945 and 1995: from the atomic bombing of Hiro- shima to the AIDS epidemic and the viral threats at the end of the millennium.

The various facets of Robert Lepage as an artist and especially as a filmmaker will also be highlighted by other events both live and online.

International Panorama

In »Until the Flood«, Dael Orlandersmith uses interviews with eyewitnesses and those affected to form the basis of an exploration into the background of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting of the teenager Michael Brown. Her performance of the results of this research brings a dra- matic face to the Black Lives Matter movement. Also on a documentary basis, Tina Satter (New York) develops the portrait of a whistleblower in »Is this a room«.

In »Kingdom« by Anne-Cécile Vandalem (Brussels), a family’s new home away from civilization becomes hell. In »Fraternité. Conte fantastique« (Fraternity. Fantastic Story), Caroline Guiela Nguyen (Paris) tells the story of survivors of a catastrophe who have lost their loved ones and help each other deal with this loss.

The Schaubühne Studio is hosting »L’aventure invisible«, the latest production by Marcus Lindeen (Paris/Stockholm) who explores questions about identity, death, and transformation through three reallife cases.

New Drama at the Schaubühne

With the co-production »El Oasis de la Impunidad«, the Schaubühne is continuing its longstanding collaboration with the Chilean director and writer Marco Layera. In the latest production with his company La Re-Sentida (Santiago de Chile), he tackles the 2019 Chilean uprising and the effect of violence on the street and the stage.

»A Girl’s Story«, the directorial debut at the Schaubühne of Sarah Kohm (Berlin) will also be celebrating its premiere in the Studio.

And Maja Zade’s most recent play »reden über sex«, directed by Marius von Mayenburg, can be seen from the repertoire.

 

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