Public space would be almost unthinkable without them, and the area in front of the Staatstheater Karlsruhe is no exception: there lie two Stolpersteine memorial plaques by the Cologne artist Gunter Demnig commemorating the singer Lilly Jankelowitz and the actor Paul Gemmeke, both victims of the Holocaust. They evoke the saddest chapter of German cultural history: theatre, the very site of freedom and the avant-garde, was the first institution to be forced into immediate political conformity after the National Socialists seized power. This was also the case in Karlsruhe, a city that prides itself on being tolerant today – and yet it was the first city with a “Jew-free district”. With “Stolpersteine Staatstheater”, Hans-Werner Kroesinger and Regina Dura, two of the most important independent documentary theatre-makers in Germany, were invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen.
DIRECTOR: Hans-Werner Kroesinger
STAGE DESIGN, VIDEO AND COSTUMES: Rob Moonen
MUSIC: Daniel Dorsch
ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION: Regine Dura
DRAMATURGY: Annalena Schott, Jan Linders
WITH: Veronika Bachfischer, Antonia Mohr, Jonathan Bruckmeier, Gunnar Schmidt
BERLINER THEATERTREFFEN, Mai 2016, SCHAUSPIELHAUS DÜSSELDORF, April 2016, GDAŃSKI TEATR SZEKSPIROWSKI, Oktober 2016, DIE PFALZBAU BÜHNEN, November 2016, DIVADLO ARCHA, PRAGUE, November 2016, MÜNCHNER KAMMERSPIELE, März 2017, TNT TIMISOARA, FEST-FDR, Mai 2017, VABA LAVA, TALLINN, Mai 2017, BEIJING, THEATERTREFFEN CHINA, Juli 2017, TBILISI INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, September 2017, FESTIVAL "NEUE STÜCKE", THÉÂTRE DE LA MANUFACTURE, NANCY, November 2017, 3. BERLINER HERBSTSALON DES MAXIM GORKI THEATER, November 2017, LATVIA DAILES THEATRE, RIGA, Dezember 2017, JAFFA FEST IN TEL AVIV / JAFFA, ISRAEL, Mai 2018, MOLODY THEATER KIEW, UKRAINE, Dezember 2018