Theatertreffen in China, 2019

Tour Dates: 17th June - 15th July, 2019

Theatertreffen is the most important and the biggest theatre festival within German-speaking countries...

Following the successful debut in 2016, the “Theatertreffen in China” in 2017 and 2018 has further expanded its influence in China and gradually become a unique brand in the Chinese theatrical world. With the support of Mr. Chen Ping, the Former Cultural Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Germany, Goethe-Institut China and Volkswagen China, the 4th “Theatertreffen in China”, jointly organized by Wu Promotion and Theatertreffen Berlin, will return in June-July 2019. A professional jury consisting of six experts from China and Germany selected two dramas with distinctive characteristics for the theatre enthusiasts: Thalia Theatre’s Die Odyssee and Münchner Kammerspiele’s Trommeln In Der Nacht.

As one of the most prestigious theatres in Germany, Thalia Theatre from Hamburg brings with Die Odyssee the historical masterpiece of Homer‘s epic to the audience. The director Antú Nunes focused on a drifting journey of the two sons of Odysseus. They are half-brothers and met each other when they were young. Both of them inherited their father's violent tendencies. Their mothers, however, were respectively a loyal wife and a cruel witch… Through imagination and by applying popular culture, Nunes constructed the drama plot of the brothers promoting the sublimation of emotions.

Münchner Kammerspiele is considered as one of the three major Germany theatres. The famous dramatist and scriptwriter Bertold Brecht used to be resident at the Münchner Kammerspiele. Many of his works were premiered by the theatre and performed as long-running residencies. One of Brecht's early magnum opus, Trommeln In Der Nacht, was premiered by the theatre. A hundred years later, based on Brecht’s original work, the in-house director at the Kammerspiele Christopher Rüping staged the story in a contemporary ending. Both endings can be presented on the stage.

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Thalia Theater, 2019

Die Odyssee
Tour Dates: 17th June - 3rd July, 2019

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© Julian Baumann

Münchner Kammerspiele, 2019

Trommeln In Der Nacht
Director: Christopher Rüping
Tour Dates: 7th - 15th July, 2019

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Jury of Theatertreffen in China 2019

Dr. Thomas Oberender
Managing Director of
Berliner Festspiele

Mr. Chen Ping
Former Counselor for Culture Affairs
of China Embassy
in Germany

Dr. Clemens Treter

President of Das Deutsche
Kulturzentrum Peking –
Goethe-Institut (China)

Yvonne Büderhölzer
Director Theatertreffen

Meng Jinghui

Theater director