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Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography


Last salon in the foyer of the Komische Oper Berlin on Behrenstrasse

Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography


Last salon in the foyer of the Komische Oper Berlin on Behrenstrasse


April 24, 2023


Komische Oper
Behrenstraße 55-57
10117 Berlin

Monday, April 24th 2023,
7:30 p.m.

Tickets for €12 / €8 (reduced) are available via the ticket service of the Komische Oper.

What is the right way to begin? How to let go? What helps us get over a separation? Does it even make psychological sense to get “over” something in order to start something new? Or aren’t our lives defined by perpetual departures: from the cradle to the grave – everything remains different!

“There is a magic in every beginning” – this sentence by Hermann Hesse is emblematic of the positive connotation of new beginnings! But not every beginning is a voluntary one – just think of annoying board game rules or entire lives being rebuilt after losses. As the renovations are about to begin, the Komische Oper Berlin too embarks on an eventful journey to new places across Berlin’s neighborhoods – and the final salon of the Komische Oper Berlin and the Schering Stiftung becomes a lab for farewells and departures.

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Stefan Selke teaches at Furtwangen University and has been a research professor for "Public and Transformative Science" since 2015. He studied aerospace engineering and eventually earned his doctorate in sociology. Selke is the founder of the Public Science Lab and editor of the magazine for public science "Zugluft". As a disciplinary border crosser, Selke is regularly present outside of science as a speaker, book author as well as an interlocutor with the media. He is the winner of the Wolfgang Heilmann Prize of the Integrata Foundation 2021 on the topic of "Human Utopia as a Design Framework for Post-Corona Society". Currently, Selke is a Research Fellow for Space Flight and Future Narrative at the headquarters of the European Space Agency in Paris, where he conducts research on the topic of departure and future euphoria.



Professor Creutzig is a world leader in research on climate change mitigation in cities, the transport sector and lifestyle issues. He coordinated the chapter on demand, services and social aspects of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Assessment Report on Climate Solutions published in 2022. He is a group leader at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and Professor of Urban Sustainability Economics at TU Berlin. Professor Creutzig has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the Energy Foundation in Beijing. His pioneering research on mitigating climate change in cities was awarded the Piers Sellers Prize by the University of Leeds in 2017. Felix was a Fellow of the Studienkolleg zu Berlin and President of the alumni organisation Netzwerk Europa. Felix Creutzig studied physics, mathematics and medicine and received his PhD in theoretical neuroscience.



This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners: Komische Oper Berlin

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