LAND OHNE WORTE (suite42)
The piece investigates the role of those watching from a distance in times of war and the value of art in the face of brutal reality. A painter seeks the perfect image, but in K., a Middle Eastern city, she experiences the effects of war, violence and poverty, impossible to depict. As a result, she searches for a new way to deal with her position in the world today.
tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg, Prinzenstr. 85 F, Kreuzberg, 10969 Berlin
Text: Dea Loher
Acting: Lucie Zelger
Direction: Lydia Ziemke
Stage & Costume: Claire Schirck
Sound: Owen Lasch
suite42, led by theater director and dramaturg Lydia Ziemke, is a collective of international theater practitioners and artists committed to work that engages with remarkable historical moments and in particular with the effects of violence, war and migration on society and individuals. The focus of suite42 does not rest on performance alone, but also on forming a context for each work from academic and other artistic sources.
The TAK venues has existed for the last seven years and recently issued a call for a new concept. In response to this impulse, the artists and artist collectives kainkollektiv (Bochum), suite42 (Berlin), France-Elena Damian (Berlin) and Anna Koch/Moritz Pankok (tak e.V. Berlin/Mülheim) came together with the shared idea of establishing a collective management model for an independent theater led by several groups on an equal basis; tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg.
At the reopening in January 2018, all of the following plans and ideas for the founding of tak were still "under construction - im Aufbau" - a state of being that will be a guiding theme throughout the year 2018. This is a fact that we would like to use transparently and productively.
On the one hand, this idea follows the mutual focus regarding the content for the theater’s orientation on transnational and multilingual projects which take into consideration the topics and questions of globalized societies in the 21st century. Each of these artist groups/artists have been consistently developing and fulfilling a myriad of cross-border projects for many years between different parts of Germany (e.g. North-Rhine Westphalia, Berlin) Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Romania, Syria and the USA as well as with Roma artists with different backgrounds. A part of this process from the very beginning has also been the creation of partnerships and the artistic and political discussion with artists who live in Germany in exile, which will be developed further in the new tak.
On the other hand, the idea for this collaboration is based on the artistic and organizational search for a new and innovative form of collective management and aesthetic production methods. The reopening of tak constitutes a pilot project that relates to the growing public discussion between the institutional theaters and the independent performing arts community regarding the future of theater structures (in Germany). The search for new intersections between the communities in Germany's federal states has also played a large role in this discussion. In light of this, a part of the new collective management team of tak will be the group kainkollektiv from Bochum in order to create new alliances and utilize existing potentials between independent performing arts community across Germany.