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  • Faust II Helena Akt
  • Penthesilea
  • Rabbit Heart
  • Coffin Sisters
  • Rabbit Heart
  • Pornography
  • Message to the universe
  • Message to the universe
  • Marvelling
  • I Am Here Doctor Faustus
  • Pornography
RABBIT HEART
A philosophical show about courage and fear (Age 9+)

Fear is one of our most basic feelings. In order to overcome fear, we need courage. Both feelings are part of us from the beginning of our lives and both feelings determine many of our actions. But how can we describe and explain such basic, yet complicated feelings? Is it possible to truly understand how fear originates? And how can we tell when we are being courageous?

Together with the children's philosopher Dr. Kristina Calvert, the ensemble of young performers: Lemi Baykurt, Elsa Doormann, Antonia Einsiedel, and Joana de Silva and professional actors: Katharina Schütz, Florian Weigel, and Johannes Nehlsen tried to get closer to these gigantic feelings over eight weeks of philosophical discussions about courage and fear.

During this time the children and the adults came face to face with real and imaginary fears.

Do we experience both kinds of fear the same way and how do we deal with them? Are there any aspects of courage and fear that both generations can relate to?

Do we get more courageous as life goes on or do our fears continue to grow as we get older?

Director Julia Hart made the initial selection of thoughts, statements and stories out of the ensemble's discussions. The ensemble and artistic team collaborated together to create the script for the performance. The ensemble searches for situations that get us scared and analyzes the what happens inside of us.

How are we confronted with courage and fear in our lives? And how do we talk about these feelings? Is it possible to learn something about these feelings from another generation?

Rabbit Heart is a show that combines short scenes, music, dance, and song as the ensemble playfully circles around these questions and tries out each other's thoughts on stage. The children speak texts from the adults and vice versa.

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Lichthof Theater Hamburg ...weblink
 
cast and crew
 
Lemi Baykurt
Elsa Doormann
Joana da Silva
Antonia Einsiedel
Katharina Schütz
Johannes Nehlsen
Florian Weigel

Director: Julia Hart
Set and Costume Design: Iris Holstein
Choreography, Theater Padagogy: Meike Klapprodt
Music: Daniel Huss
Dramaturg: Sabine Salzmann
Production Manager: Lea Connert
Stage Manager: Ellen Stein
Children's Philosopher: Dr. Kristina Calvert
Light: Sönke Herm
Photos: Iris Holstein
 
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MESSAGE TO THE UNIVERSE
A space mission to big thoughts and beyond / Age 7+

Humans, animals and plants contain some of secrets to life on earth. Yet how can we explain who we are and how we live to life forms in outspace who have never set foot on Earth? The astronauts Captain Kemal, Lillith, and Sjut are on a mission to research the biggest questions of humankind: How are humans really different from ants? Do stones have feelings? How did the first humans get here? As experts from Planet Earth, the audience is invited to help the astronauts send the most important pieces of evidence about humankind into outer space. Do you think we'll receive an answer?

Reviews:

"During the premiere, the actors had to be on their game and improvise. That and the stage design by Iris Holstein with a loving eye for detail were cause for amazement. Decisions had to be made again and again as the audience and the handbook helped the astronauts.. This participatory production was a lot of fun for children age seven, but also gave the adults some unexpected insights who will never see their vacuum the same way again. Mission Accomplished. Message to the Universe landed spot-on." (Nordsee-Zeitung, Ulrich Müller, 11.04.2016)

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Stadttheater Bremerhaven ...weblink
 
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Lillith: Eva Paulina
Loska Sjut: Christian Neuhof
Käpt'n Kemal: Marc Vinzing

Director: Julia Hart
Artistic Associate: Felix Reisel
Set and Costume Design: Iris Holstein
Dramaturg: Tanja Spinger
Stage Manager: Tina Kalinowski
Theater Padagogue: Katharina Dürr
 
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MARVELLING
Judith and Modi are 11 years old. In conversations with each other and with their grandparents about God, nature, and miracles, they tackle some of life's most important questions: Are vampires real? Is nothingness black or white? Where is the end of the world? Based on these conversations, actors Johannes Nehlsen and Iris Rufner take us on a journey of marvelling about the miracles in our world.

This project is funded by the Hamburg Endowment for the Arts.

Marvelling
Classroom Performance for audiences age 10 and up

Judith and Modi are 11 years old. In conversations with each other and with their grandparents about God, nature, and miracles, they tackle some of life's most important questions: Are vampires real? Is nothingness black or white? Where is the end of the world?

Based on these conversations, actors Johannes Nehlsen and Iris Rufner take us on a journey of marvelling about the miracles in our world.

Length: Two class periods.
Cost per class: 200 €.
For booking please send a mail to: wunderdichhamburg@gmail.com

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Lichthof Hamburg ...weblink
 
cast and crew
 
Director: Julia Dittrich
Actors: Johannes Nehlsen and Iris Rufner
Stage and Costume Design: Iris Holstein
Dramaturgy: Cristiana Garba
Children's Philosopher/Consultant: Dr. Kristina Calvert
Original Music: David Schoch
Producer: Lea Connert
Assistant Director: Pauline Heitmann
Photos: Iris Holstein
 
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I AM HERE DOCTOR FAUSTUS
I Am Here Doctor Faustus – inspired by Gertrude Stein’s play "Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights"

Gertrude Stein strove to show things for what they are. She wanted to free language and objects from logic, memory, and grammar. In order to see things in a new way, we watch how they emerge in the act of speaking. Language infiltrates into all of our senses as Stein keeps us pinned in the present moment.

With Marguerite Ida and Helena Annabel Stein created a female character that embodies various fantasies and preconceived notions. She doesn’t cave in to Doctor Faustus, as the stories usually goes. She can be everything and anything. She changes back and forth between enjoying her self-staging and fearing the emptiness that lingers behind her self-created images.

Three performers dive into Stein’s challenging language, sifting through scenarios and flimsy identities for a way to quench their longing to be one-of-a-kind.



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Kampnagel Hamburg ...weblink
 
cast and crew
 
Agnes Jaworek
Hanneke Last
Rabea Lübbe

Director: Julia Dittrich
Stage and Costume Design: Iris Holstein
Dramaturgy: Sabine Salzmann
Video: Matthias Hederer
Assistant Director: Cristiana Garba
 
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Gertrude Stein
 
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PENTHESILEA
Penthesilea and Achilles find themselves face to face on the battlefield. Hatred and distrust dominate their thoughts, even though they don’t even know why they are fighting anymore. When the queen of the Amazons and the hero of the Greeks suddenly stand in front of each other, an uncontrollable mixture of sexual desire and hate is set free, from which there is no escape. Each warrior wants to possess the other. Defeat would be worse than death.
Overtaken by the sheer force of her emotions, Penthesilea falls unconscious in battle. Her closest friend, Prothoe, senses the scandal and shame that lie ahead for the queen. She decides to work together with Achilles to protect Penthesilea from the truth that will destroy her.

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Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Malersaal
 
cast and crew
 
Matthias Hungerbühler
Anna-Maria Kuricová
Felicia Spielberger

Director: Julia Dittrich
Set Design: Marie Häusner
Costume Design: Annika Lohmann
Dramaturgy: Sabine Salzmann
Assistant Directing: Cristiana Garba
 
author
 
Heinrich von Kleist
 
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PORNOGRAPHY
„I was haunted by what the bombers were going through on that final day. It struck me that at the heart of their action was an alienation from the people they were going to kill and from themselves. This seemed to be symptomatic of a consumerist culture, which objectifies everyone and everything.“ -- Simon Stephens

2005.
A hot week in July.
A man sits in the subway. A bomb in his backpack.
Two sisters fall in love with each other.
An old woman wanders through downtown.
Four people. One and the same urge: to rebel against the routine of daily life and against the rules of conduct.
People who are driven by a longing to be touched,
who want to tell their story,
and who are searching for what it means to be alive.

Pornography premiered in April 2010 at the Theaterakademie Hamburg.

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Theaterakademie Hamburg
 
cast and crew
 
Cino Djavid
Kathrin Dworatzek
Judith Goldberg
Hertha Metzel

Director: Julia Dittrich
Costume Design: Ada Nadja Genske
 
author
 
Simon Stephens
 
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COFFIN SISTERS
I am Bevil. – And I am Yevil. – Our job is quite simple: Bodies in sacks.

A majestic bird glides across the horizon. The ocean lies behind him. The coast lies ahead. This is no man’s land. His eyes fixate on an object and he nears his prey. He opens his mouth and snaps it shut.
Enter the world of the Coffin Sisters: Bevil and Yevil. They do the same work-- day in, day out: packing lifeless bodies into sacks, into their last resting place, into the eternity of the ocean. Feelings are forbidden. No turns allowed. The only have each other.
Everything changes when the Bruised Man appears one day. He cracks open the dark cage of routine the twin sisters built for themselves. Yevil falls in love.

Pleaching the Coffin Sisters is a powerful plea for taking risks to follow our hearts. Anton Dudley attests to the strength of emotions in a time of cold rationality. Three German actors and an American director search for that thing that we are all looking for: the simple joy of being human.

Performed April 27-28th 2008 at Haus 73 in Hamburg.

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Kaltstart Hamburg, Haus 73
 
cast and crew
 
Johanna Gerosch
Pina Bergemann
Wolfgang Erkwoh

Director: Julia Dittrich
 
author
 
Anton Dudley
 
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