Ein chorischer Stresstest von Marta Górnicka

At the Brandenburg Gate as part of the anniversary of German unification 2018 and at the Bundesverfassungsgericht in Karlsruhe celebrating the 70th anniversary of the German Grundgesetz

In 1918 two German republics were proclaimed just a few hundred metres as the crow flies from the Maxim Gorki Theatre and the Brandenburg Gate. On 3 October 1990, the union of the two German states was officially declared, and that day has been celebrated as the Day of the Germans ever since. Now is the time, however, to accept that the constitution is not a project from an ethnically homogeneous group, but rather a very diverse community of individuals. The Polish director and re-discoverer of the choral principle Marta Górnicka previously appeared at the Gorki with the coproduction Hymn to Love, as well as the video installation Konstytucia in the Third Berlin Autumn Salon in November 2017. Górnicka presents the chorus as one of the most powerful elements of the theatre. With the utmost precision she choreographs and directs a group composed of diverse individuals. The focus is on raising their voices as one heterogeneous voice. On October 3rd 2018, the Grundgesetz will be performed through the libretto adapted by Marta Górnicka in front of the Brandenburg Gate and in May 2019 in front of the Bundesverfassungsgericht in Karslruhe with a chorus of 50 professional and non-professional actors from civil society’s many different spectra. Berlin and Karlsruhe citizens will expose the German Grundgesetz (Basic Law) to a stress test to check the resilience of its statements in situations of crisis.

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Premiere: October 3rd, 2018

With: Maryam Abu Khaled, Abd-Almalek Arabo, Tamer Arslan, Christian Behrend, Mareike Beykirch, Wera Bunge, Karim Daoud, Saro Emirze, Aylin Esener, Hala Faisal, Tahera Hashemi, Björn Hauke, Lénárd Kókai, Léonie Kurtz, Thibaud Kurtz, Lindy Larsson, Mariette Morgenstern-Minnemann, Nika Mišković, Jasmina Musić, Magda Roma Przybylska, Soraya Reichl, Mathis Reinhardt, Tucké Royale, Filip Rutkowski, Elena Schmidt, Marie-Carlotta Schmidt, Samantha Schote-Ritzinger, Nathalie Seiß, Sandra Selimović, Simonida Selimović, Zora Schemm, Helena Simon, Johanna Skirecki, Peter Sondermann, Fatima Taih, Hasan Taşgin, Füsun Türeli, Volkan Türeli, Annika Weitzendorf, Rika Weninger, Dusty Whistles, Paul Wollin, Mehmet Yılmaz 

Eine Produktion des Maxim Gorki Theaters Berlin. Gefördert von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin, der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung und der Kulturstiftung des Bundes. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH und dem Ramba Zamba Theater. Das Gastspiel wird gefördert von der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung und dem Bundesverfassungsgericht und geschieht in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Staatstheater Karlsruhe und der Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH. 

Opening of the festival
War or Peace - Crossroads of History 1918 / 2018










Director/ Libretto / Concept
Marta Górnicka


Stage design

Concept Choreography

Choreography Berlin



Translation Libretto

Collaboration Tanslation Libretto

Recording & Live cutting

Vocal Coach

Management fanfare parade

Collaboration dramaturgy / Choir casting

Artistic Advice

Technical Direction

Coordination sound / video

Assistant Stage Design

Assistant Choreography

Assistant Costume design

Project Director

Intern Dramaturgy

Directing Intern