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International Cooperations: Three Webinars for Theater Professionals
Part 3: Cooperations in Crisis

Discourse

In three different discussions the POSTWEST partners will explore the issues surrounding international theater collaborations, together with experts in theory and praxis. These discussions consist of two parts: First, there is a live panel discussion in which the invited guests give their input on the topic. In the second part, theater makers and enthusiasts can exchange ideas with the festival partners and panel participants via Zoom by registering in advance. > More

POST-PRODUCTION

KatlZ, Riga/Latvia

The team of KatlZ will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

Platform East: Activism 1.01
Conversations with Activists, Experts and Researchers

Discourse

Anyone can be an activist nowadays. Is this really the case? Which parameters influence the development and sustainability of social protest movements? What motivates protesters, especially youth activists? What is the relationship between civil society and the state in times of protest? What forms does activism take when protesting in public space is prohibited? What lies behind art activism—an aestheticization of the political or a politicization of art? > More

Platform East: What Is Activism, Anyway?

Discourse

The experts will discuss their definitions of activism: Does activism have to be political, or even visible? What happens at the interface between art and activism? > More

POST-PRODUCTION

Volksbühne Berlin, Berlin/Germany

The team of Volksbühne Berlin will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

Dead-end Jobs:
Precarious Work in Central and Eastern Europe – and Germany

Discourse

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, precarious working conditions in Germany have become more visible. Due to a lack of protective measures in the workplace and cramped conditions in collective accommodation and residential containers, many workers from Eastern Europe have become infected with the virus. The pandemic has acted like a magnifying glass, exposing these injustices. Can the current spotlight on the situation be used to sustainably improve working conditions for seasonal workers in Germany? > More

MAKE UP
A musical performance by Dakh Daughters

Center of Contemporary Art DAKH, Kyiv/Ukraine | Performance

It is like a mirror in which the female actors look at themselves and share their personal stories. What does it mean to be an artist? Does it equal a life full of joys and pleasures? Is the whole world in fact a theater? The Dakh Daughters singers are used to wearing makeup on stage—their style is a bleached “puppet” face. Yet their real mask is their stage presence. This basic neutral cover unites different characters, different destinies, different sounds, and the voices of each band member. This musical performance tells the stories of actors without makeup, resulting in the creation and composition of poems and songs. > More

POSTCAST
Wine and Recap #3

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

International Cooperations: Three Webinars for Theater Professionals
Part 2: It’s Not All About the Money

Discourse

In three different discussions the POSTWEST partners will explore the issues surrounding international theater collaborations, together with experts in theory and praxis. These discussions consist of two parts: First, there is a live panel discussion in which the invited guests give their input on the topic. In the second part, theater makers and enthusiasts can exchange ideas with the festival partners and panel participants via Zoom by registering in advance. > More

POST-PRODUCTION

Vaba Lava, Tallinn/Estonia

The team of Vaba Lava will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

POST-PRODUCTION

New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Riga/Latvia

The team of New Theatre Institute of Latvia will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

POST-PRODUCTION

Jaunimo teatras, Vilnius/Lithuania

The team of Jaunimo teatras will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

Baltic Transfer: Can Cultural Exchange Be Re-Imagined?

Discourse

All theatre makers from the Baltic countries that are participating in POSTWEST were born or were children when a peaceful political demonstration named the Baltic Way or Baltic Chain (in Estonian: Balti kett; Latvian: Baltijas ceļš; Lithuanian: Baltijos kelias) occurred on August 23, 1989. Two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675.5 kilometres across the three Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—which were considered at the time to be constituent republics of the Soviet Union. It was a clear statement and a performative act at the same time. The artists come from countries with a strong theatrical tradition, but they also have a need for their own voice to be expressed. How does this collective experience and history impact their artistic practices? > More

Tanya's Birthday. Berlin

Ģertrūdes ielas teātris, Riga/Latvia | Performance

A point of convergence in European history—the year 1989, or more specifically, the period between the Baltic Way and the fall of the Berlin Wall—serves as the point of departure for the production Tanya’s Birthday. Berlin. > More

POSTCAST
Wine and Recap #2

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

Man from Fish: Voices

Jaunimo teatras, Vilnius/Lithuania | Staged Reading

A linguistic maze, a net of confessions erupting at night, spoken by women’s lips and heard by men’s ears. This is quite a rare occurrence in dramaturgy. Presenting Asya Vološina’s play means inviting the audience into a strained time in which anxieties are unfolding about ourselves, our bodies, our children, the country and the future. This is an opportunity to delve deeper into the concept of freedom. > More

Cannon Fodder

KatlZ, Riga/Latvia | Performance

Today we live in a world where any of us can become “cannon fodder.”
And in fact, some of us have already become it. And it’s not as if it was somehow different before.
No, it was about the same. But it is only now that we have fully—and irrevocably—grasped this.
The entropy that haunts us and is part of us is inevitable. It is a law of physics. > More

Looks Like You're Going To Die

New Theatre Institute of Latvia, Riga/Latvia | Audio walk

Leaving behind their usual roles of theatre director and visual artist, Valters Sīlis and Kate Krolle have met to create an intimate encounter that reflects on the complexity and beauty of everyday living and the fragility of creation. Devised as an audio track, it should be listened alone while taking a walk. Guided by the voices and stories of Kate and Valters, Looks Like You’re Going To Die will take you on a wandering through the mind, memories, and different European cities. > More

We are here for you
Discussion on 'The Heroes of Capitalist Labor' by Saša Uhlová

Prague City Theatres, Prague/Czech Republic | Discourse

Acclaimed Czech journalist Saša Uhlová worked in various jobs—full-time, part-time, and temporary—under an assumed identity. For months, she monitored what wages employees were really receiving and whether the Labor Code was being upheld, exploring what life was like for the people working in the lowest-paid jobs in the Czech Republic. She worked in a hospital laundry room, a chicken processing plant, a supermarket, a razor factory, and a waste management plant. > More

The Return of Karl May
(Entertaining play for the German people)

Qendra Multimedia & National Theatre of Kosovo, Pristina/Kosovo | Staged Reading

Kara Ben Nemsi, the famous character in the works of Karl May, flees the East  and heads toward German lands with a group of actors from Kosovo. On this almost epic journey, he encounters Slavoj Zizek, Peter Handke, a member of the National Socialist Underground, and a host of other characters. The play confronts the audience with Western Europe’s almost demonizing approach toward the East—its supposed cultural, political, and intellectual superiority—which, according to Aleksandar Hemon, is deeply rooted in colonialism and racism. > More

Date an Eastern European

STEREO AKT, Budapest/Hungary | Performance

The Hungarian theater collective STEREO AKT is taking on the role of matchmaker and inviting the audience on an online date. Everything has been prepared: a cosy restaurant with a good atmosphere, a friendly waiter with a nice smile, and, most importantly, an attractive dating partner from Eastern Europe. The spectator—you—simply has to take a seat and get to know them. But what does it mean to be Eastern European? And to date one? > More

POSTWEST - something digital

Teatrul Tineretului, Piatra Neamț/Romania | Video essay

The video essay seeks to offer a glimpse into the process of creating a theatre performance, a process interrupted and transformed due to the actual situation. Composed of fragments of ideas, thoughts, and reactions, the collage invites us to reflect on visible and invisible borders, particularly during this moment of crisis that might reshape our understanding of what Europe is today and what it could or should be. It is also a way to make peace with a difficult situation, to move forward and search for new possibilities. > More

Maria Klassenberg. Home choreographies

TR Warszawa, Warsaw/Poland | Performance

Maria Klassenberg. Home choreographies is a humorous, critical commentary on the current situation of recommended isolation. Imprisoned as a result of the pandemic, artists join an online superproduction in order to legitimize their existence, creative output, and professional status. Maria Klassenberg. Home choreographies is an artistic objection to the imperative of constant creation and an affirmation of rest. We wish to erase the boundaries between the creators and the audience, between the theater and modern technology. > More

A different kind of white

Vaba Lava, Tallinn/Estonia | Performance

A young man from Estonia goes to Senegal. Escaping to the future has always been his credo, and now here he is, an actor working in Senegal on his next show. Meeting a local, something happens that makes him ask himself difficult questions about one layer of his identity, and he realizes he cannot escape. As a cliché, whiteness is usually conflated with the West. But what if you only recently rejoined the West and were born poor and unsexy in the East? Does white privilege apply to you? Of course it does, objectively, but your subjective inner feeling might insist that there are shades and nuances with regard to class and history. White supremacy can fuck itself, but so can smug privilege that doesn’t remember the price of milk. > More

Hammer&Spiegel(Mirror)
A film from the theatre.

Volksbühne Berlin, Berlin/Germany | Film

Long ago Karl Marx said that art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it. In the land of Hammer&Spiegel (Hammer&Mirror) we agree with this statement—or at least most of us do. The year is 2321, and there are personal interconnections and clashes in our ranks. > More

"Your Internet Connection is Unstable"

TR Warszawa, Warsaw/Poland | Photography

Over the past three month the artists involved in the POSTWEST project only saw each other in the windows of virtual messengers. Digital transmission sometimes stopped characters mid-gesture; they were often blurred, indistinct, words and information were sometimes lost. The message we often saw on our computer screens—“Your internet connection is unstable”—gained a symbolic meaning. Every day we challenged isolation and fought for contact against all odds. > More

Festival Opening

Join us for the opening of the festival an meet all teams of POSTWEST! > More

International Cooperations: Three Webinars for Theater Professionals
Part 1: Searching for Allies

Discourse

In three different discussions the POSTWEST partners will explore the issues surrounding international theater collaborations, together with experts in theory and praxis. These discussions consist of two parts: First, there is a live panel discussion in which the invited guests give their input on the topic. In the second part, theater makers and enthusiasts can exchange ideas with the festival partners and panel participants via Zoom by registering in advance. > More

POST-PRODUCTION

Teatrul Tineretului, Piatra Neamț/Romania

The team of Teatrul Tineretului will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

POST-PRODUCTION

STEREO AKT, Budapest/Hungary

The team of STEREO AKT will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

POST-PRODUCTION

TR Warszawa, Warsaw/Poland

The team of TR Warszawa will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

POST-PRODUCTION

Qendra Multimedia & National Theatre of Kosovo, Pristina/Kosovo

The team of Qendra Multimedia will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

POST-PRODUCTION

Prague City Theatres, Prague/Czech Republic

The team of Prague City Theatres will join us for a round of POST-PRODUCTION. > More

Platform East: Crisis Managers Wanted
Authoritarian vs. Democratic Systems in Times of Instability

Discourse

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn more attention to the relationship between citizens and the state. At the beginning of the pandemic, it seemed that authoritarian states were able to cope with this exceptional situation better than democratic societies, and that “strong leadership” paid off for citizens in times of crisis. Five months later, however, the outcome is completely different in each state, particularly in the countries of Eastern Europe. Can successful crisis management really be attributed to the political system? > More

Staged Realities

Photography

Staged Realities presents a selection of images by eleven artists who use their own unique visual imagery to retransform reality and the body and to create new layers of interpretation. The exhibition is presented in the form of posters around Berlin and is documented on the POSTWEST // guess where website. > More

ZoomTime [SMUTA]

Center of Contemporary Art DAKH, Kyiv/Ukraine | Performance

A large-scale theatrical painting in three acts—a dense sensory immersion into the Time of Troubles. Live acting and viewing enables us to live inside the birth of a period marked by natural disasters and severe political, economic, social, and state crises. Death is very modern. So is the courage to make a choice—any choice. > More

POSTCAST
Wine and Recap #1

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

A Visit to the Golden Meadow

by Florian Hein | Literature

Today I went on an outing to the Golden Meadow. The ‘Goldene Aue’, as it is called in German, is a long valley in the East of Germany, the former GDR, which runs from Nordhausen to Sangerhausen, bounded on either side by ridges of hills. In the middle of the valley is a reservoir which on a fine day reflects the sky. The higher range of hills is called the Kyffhäuser. A stone tower stands there as a reminder of the legend of the Golden Meadow. King Barbarossa, a banished and forgotten German emperor, is said to be hidden away in a cave in the Kyffhäuser. He has been there for centuries, so long that his beard has grown into the stones. But when he wakes and comes storming out, he will fight the last battle between good and evil, and Germany will once again shine in its old might and glory... > More

POSTCAST
with Alina Aleshchenko, Wiebke Jahns and surprise guest

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

POSTCAST
with Maija Pavlova

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

The Ideal (Post)Socialist Woman?
Gender and Sex Stereotypes in Eastern Europe Through the Lens of Female Artists

Yevgenia Belorusets, Katja Fedulova, and Katarzyna Kalwat | Literature

Socialist societies have long been considered the birthplace of equality in that they relied on the integration of women into the workforce. The tireless fighter, the working woman, the wise life companion, the devoted mother, and of course the unapproachable beauty: all of these normative roles are being challenged and broken down in Eastern Europe today. > More

POSTCAST
with Vlad Troitskyi and Andriy Palatnyi

by Talk Eastern Europe | Discourse

Talk Eastern Europe is a podcast affiliated with the publication New Eastern Europe. The podcasts’ co-hosts, Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski, bring to their audience information about politics, society, culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. Each episode features a discussion with a guest speaker about ongoing issues in the countries of the region, trying also to place them in the broader global context. > More

A half-true Kosovar story and five million euros in between

by Jeton Neziraj | Literature

At the end of March, the former Government of Kosovo decided to allocate a fund of five million euros for athletes and artists from the independent cultural scene. The “emergency package,” as it was called, aimed to help artists and athletes at a time when, due to the pandemic, all cultural and sports activities were completely cancelled. There was room for enthusiasm. Damn it, I said, something normal is happening in this country at last! When I told my colleagues and international friends about this, in the various zoom-discussions we had at the time, everyone was amazed. I mean, a similar fund had been allocated in Germany, Switzerland… and perhaps in other western countries. But in Kosovo?!! A Romanian colleague of mine jokingly told me that she envied us and that after the pandemic she would be moving to Kosovo. > More

Set design - Concept

by Julian Marbach

SET DESIGN – As a space in which life and culture happens, Europe is a fraught arrangement in perpetual flux. A complex idea that requires never-ending work on many fronts – political, social, technological. A multi-faceted organism that is as strong and powerful as it is delicate and fragile. A shape-shifting mantle surrounds the core of the European framework, held together by a glue-like myth. A happy haven and inaccessible fortress – open to everything on the one hand, and closed to everyone on the other. > More

Alambari
#TogetherAtTheSameTime

Center of Contemporary Art DAKH, Kyiv/Ukraine | Performance

Invited by the Center of Contemporary Art DAKH, theatremakers from different countries came together every Sunday from 01.04.-24.05.20 in an online live performance for the Alambari project. > More

POSTWEST_Shot

by and with the Volksbühne ensemble | Volksbühne Berlin, Berlin/Germany

As a prelude to POSTWEST festival, the ensemble thoroughly yet sensitively explored the world of POSTWEST and present artistic contributions on (un)familiar subjects and figures, their own ideas and approaches to the festival’s theme. Get to know our ensemble in a completely different way, and let this snapshot for your mind and senses guide you around the evening performance and to POSTWEST Festival. > More

Platform East: An Unholy Alliance?
“Christian Values” and Anti-Gender Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

Discourse

What are the driving factors behind the “unholy alliance” of religion and politics, in which gender is equated with demoralization? What role do the Catholic and Orthodox Churches play in this process? How do the different denominations of the Christian church position themselves and engage in this conflict of values? > More

A way out of the niche?
Belarusian literature and its future

Discourse

Since the 1990s, Belarusian writers who do not belong to the official, pro-government writers' union and write in Belarusian have found themselves in a precarious position: due to a lack of support and systematic marginalization in public discourse, they are destined to a niche existence, both culturally and linguistically. Belarusian is regarded as secondary to Russian by the state, which is the main reason why language is regarded by many Belarusian authors as a medium of resistance—even including those who write in Russian themselves, such as Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich. > More

Platform East: Urban Activism in Eastern Europe

Discourse

One often hears people speaking of weak civil societies in the Eastern European context. The image of citizens intimidated into political passivity still persists all too stubbornly. Yet anyone taking a closer look is bound to notice that resistance to neoliberal and authoritarian structures has been stirring up in many Eastern European cities. This resistance is expressed in creative forms of protest, artistic interventions, and the (re)appropriation of urban space. > More

Platform East:
(De)constructing Stereotypes.
Media Images in the European Press

Discourse

The media shapes our perception of political events, people, public debates, countries – and the stereotypes associated with them – within society. When we think about Eastern Europe our judgments are also inevitably influenced by imagery constructed by the media through pictures and texts. But how accurate are these images and between what tensions are they created? > More

Ivan Krastev:
The Light That Failed – A Reckoning

Discourse

In the political analysis presented in The Light that Failed, Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes argue that the supposed “end of history” turned out to be the beginning of an “Age of Imitation”. For almost three decades the imperative for the East was: “Imitate the West”! Through this imperative, the life of the imitators was increasingly dominated by feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, dependence, and the loss of identity. > More