Die taube Zeitmaschine (Michaela Caspar / Possible World)
If we look for the history of the Deaf in archives and libraries, we tend to find mostly hearing people and their perspective on deafness and signed languages. The hearing have documented the history of the Deaf. But what do the Deaf have to say?The Deaf Time Tunnel is a play about the history of the Deaf, performed by Deaf and hearing actors for hearing and Deaf audiences. It uses historical sources, interviews with survivors, and improvisation based on the personal experience of the performers, and presents these through live acting, film, live cam, discussion, and music.
In order to connect current controversies on the cochlear implant (CI) with their historical background, the audience is invited to join the Deaf and hearing actors on their journey into the past.
The ancillary format FOCUS FUTURE V will be offered for the performance.
Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, Prenzlauer Berg, 10437 Berlin
With: Asya Avagyan, Johanna Böttcher, Hend El-Kadi, Emilia Von Heiseler, Inara Ilyasova, Erdal Kar, Eyk Kauly, Peter Marty, Nikola Vujicic, Frank Weigang, Wille Felix Zante, Cordula Zielonka
Management: Michaela Caspar
Text by Group Improvisation: Till Nikolaus Von Heiseler
Space, Composition, Videoprolog: Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
Signed Language: Anka Böttcher
Costume: Gabriele Wischmann
Video: Jens Kupsch
Dramaturgy: Rafael Ugarte Chacon, Wille Felix Zante
Production Management: Daniel Schrader
Assistance / Photography: Max Neu
A production by Possible World e.V. In Cooperation with Ballhaus Ost
Funded by Aktion Mensch, the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung and Fonds Soziokultur.
Possible World is an inclusive theatre group located in Berlin. Made up of deaf, hearing impaired and hearing actors and teenagers. We work through inclusive working methods and on an inclusive form of theatre. We rehearse and play in sign language and the spoken voice. Our current production “The Deaf Time Tunnel” is a controversial Lecture Performance about the history of the Deaf and hearing impaired in Germany.
Ballhaus Ost is a production space for independent theatre, performance and dance.
Located in the former celebration and assembly hall of a Berlin Free Church Community, built in 1907, Ballhaus Ost cooperates with groups and artists from all fields of the performing arts, including well established groups and artists as well as newcomers and so far not well known participants of the independent theater scene.
As an experimental stage for various forms of contemporary theatre, Ballhaus Ost invites to experience and discover new ways of artistic debates with today's reality of life.
Before the venue was reestablished as theatre, in the GDR, the ballroom was used as „Casino des Handwerks“, after the breakdown oft he wall it was a pool hall and a night club.
Ballhaus Ost was established by the directors Uwe-Moritz Eichler, Philipp Reuter and the actress Anne Tismer in 2006. Since 2011 Daniel Schrader and Tina Pfurr have been the artistic directors.