March 16, 2012, 5–7 p.m.
07.03.2012, Berlin | Since October 2011, the Deutsche Theater (DT) boasts of a new, rather unconventional venue: the Children’s Room. Following a 10-day fall camp, where 80 teenagers had discussed the question, “What Do We Need?,” it is now up to students at a DT partner school to move into the green container in front of the Deutsche Theater and fill the space with instruments and imagination. Under the tutelage of two artists, the 8th-graders will develop a play that will deal with the dark sides of young people’s lives. In a very literal sense: When night falls in the Children’s Room, nothing is like it is during the day.
Strange beings and unexpected guests begin to populate a world where a perfectly normal child in a normal room had just a moment ago done perfectly normal things. On March 16 and 18, 2012, at 5 p.m., the audience will be able to experience a musical station play which will take place in, and focus on, the Children’s Room. In exclusive, small-group guided tours, the audience will gain access to the strange worlds of their inhabitants.
At Night is part of the TuSCH (Theater and School) project and will be realized by 30 musically-oriented 8th-graders from the Georg-Herwegh-Oberschule Berlin-Hermsdorf. It is the second phase of a long-term “occupation of the children’s room” – a container that is used as a creative and artistic space by and for young people, first in the auditorium and, since March 2012, on the square in front of the DT.
The project is based on the idea that a theater has to engage with its audience – in this case its young audience – and to know, acknowledge, and take into account its desires and demands. The Children’s Room, as a play space of the Young DT, provides children and young people in Berlin with a space where they can express their ideas and satisfy their desire to be creative and artistic. By definition, the focus is on the relationship between the interior and exterior worlds. Since Berlin still lacks spaces that young people can use and create for themselves under the guidance of artists, the Schering Stiftung supports this project at the Deutsches Theater throughout the entire 2011/2012 season.
Under the guidance of designer Christian Lagé and artist Krista Burger (anschlaege.de)
Young people between the age of 12 and 14 made creative us of the Children’s Room, furnishing it with things, photographs, bodies, wallpapers, and a soundtrack. The audience was granted selected insight, which generated unexpected perspectives and approaches.
Presentation: October 16, 2011, 4–10 p.m., Kammerspiele
Under the guidance of performers Bettina Grahs and Verena Ries
Students at the TuSCH partner school of the DT develop scenes and performances on the topic of Daylight & Night Vision. The works will be shown as part of the TuSCH Festival Week in the Children’s Room in front of the DT.
Presentations: March 16 and 18, 2012, 5 p.m.
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Under the guidance of Birgit Lengers, head of Young DT
During the Autorentheatertage, the Youth Club moves into the Children’s Room. In cooperation with the “Treffen Junger Autoren” of the Berliner Festspiele, they will develop and play scenes on the topic of children’s rooms from the perspective of those who are in the process of moving out.
Première: June 7, 2012
Première classes, Open Stages, weekend family projects, “consultation hours” with artists and staff of the DT.
Birgit Lengers and Kristina Stang (Artistic Directors) // Steffi Wurster (Space) // Christian Lagé and Krista Burger (Phase 1) // Isabel Dorn and Verena Ries (Phase 2 and Basic Concept) // Birgit Lengers (Phase 3)
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