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Online from 28/October + 4/November 7:30pm for 24 hours

Schwarzer Block

Text Kevin Rittberger | Directed by Sebastian Nübling

Schwarzer Block by Kevin Rittberger is a play about anti-fascism as a Sisyphean project, about a 100 year history of left-wing militancy as an attempt to stop the Nazis’ reign of terror, about the contradiction between emancipation and group. At first glance, the black bloc doesn’t seem to be the most apt material for theatrical protagonists: it’s an alert system with a precarious position; it doesn’t want to be recognized, but heard instead; it doesn’t give interviews; and lively dialogue isn’t its primary form of communication. But because the bloc isn’t a bloc, but rather a self-questioning formation of resistance, in this play it pushes through to the stage, a movement in space that sets off conflicts.

Over a year and a half, Kevin Rittberger researched the history of the anti-fascist struggle in Germany, sifting through archives, conducting interviews, meeting activists and working through tortuous neo-Nazi »literature«. A polyphonic dramatic poem has emerged from this material, in which the ghosts of anti-fascist history throw their grappling hooks into the present, and the other way around. Together with around 14 actors, Sebastian Nübling searches for a »we« at a distance in the Container and on the Gorki mainstage. Together they rise to the challenge of transferring political action into the abstract theatre space.

With English subtitles

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Via dringeblieben.de

Premiere: 5th September 2020

Photo: Ute Langkafel

Gorki Stream Berlin Oranienplatz
Online from 11/November 7:30pm for 24 hours

Berlin Oranienplatz

Text and Direction HAKAN SAVAŞ MİCAN

The final day of summer in Berlin. Daybreak. Can, leaning on his car, smokes a cigarette, losing himself in his thoughts while staring at the Tegel prison. He’s as old as his classic car, a Mercedes 230E, built in 1982. 

Can, the child of workingclass parents from Kreuzberg, made his fortune with fake designer clothes and watches. In fact, he should be paying the price for that now. But he’s not that kind of person. The next morning, instead of going to prison for five years, Can wants to fly to Istanbul. For good.

Berlin Oranienplatz tells the story of a young man’s last day in Berlin. People and places are visited again, which Can has almost forgotten, which have almost forgotten him. The streets of Berlin, Can's parents, his ex-girlfriend, a backyard mosque, a jazz club... Can will say goodbye to the Berlin that made him what he is. But the city, like himself, has long since drifted far apart.

Over 90 years after the release of Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, Hakan Savaş Mican writes an homage to today’s Berlin in Berlin Oranienplatz. With poetic video images and live music, as in his previous production Die Nacht von Lissabon, he tells of missed opportunities and the attempt to figure out which life is the original, and which the copy of another Berlin Oranienplatz is the first part of a trilogy that continues with Kleistpark and Richardplatz.

With English subtitles

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Via dringeblieben.de

Premiere: 28th August 2020

Photo: Ute Langkafel