'Café Europa' in Bochum

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Café Europa is a form of discussion, presented in context of the CONFLICT ZONES network programme of the UTE, that looks into neo-racism, forms of political theatre as well as the utopia of an open society through brief talks that serve as a kick-off for discussion. The audience is invited to actively participate in the small-scale alternating groups to discuss the various talks.


Café Europa will be open to a maximum of 80 participants, amongst which 40 representatives of our UTE member theatres, European theatre directors and makers who get together for a new General Assembly at the Schauspielhaus Bochum, see performances, and this time discuss the topic The Own and the Foreign.

The Schauspielhaus furthermore invites: members of the Schauspielhaus company, personalities from the cultural and political field in the Ruhr valley as well as citizens from Bochum.


••• The Speakers •••


Martin Dietzsch

is a German sociologist and researcher of right-wing extremism. He was one of the co-founders of the Duisburg Institute of Linguistic and Social Research (DISS) in 1987, has been working there as a Research Assistant since 1988 and is the Head of the Archive of right-wing extremism. Between 1997 and 2005, Martin Dietzsch was the editor of the background information service Archiv-Notizen. Dietzsch is part of the publisher circle Antifaschistische Nachrichten (Anti-Fascist Intelligence). He has published numerous texts on the field of right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and antiziganism that have been received in international specialised literature.

Topic: In the light of current migration streams, the constitution of population, religions and social classes are changing. New right-wing populist tendencies and racisms are on the rise in Germany. Who disassociates themselves from whom?— A brief overview.


Anders Lustgarten

won the first Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award with his play If you don’t let us dream we won’t let you sleep, a revenge on financial capitalism. He has done projects for television and radio and commissioned pieces for the National Theatre as well as the Royal Court Theatre. Due to his activity as a political activist he has been imprisoned on four continents. On 11 March 2016, his play Lampedusa had its German world premiere at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.


Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer

studied Musicology and Philosophy in Munich and graduated in Acting from the University of Arts in Berlin. After engagements at the Freie Volksbühne Berlin, the Schauspielhaus Köln, the Hamburger Schauspielhaus and the Burgtheater in Vienna, he has been working as a freelance director since 1990 in Cologne, Berlin, Basel, at the Theater Dortmund, at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and the Schauspiel Essen, amongst others. Many of his productions have been awarded with invitations or prizes; amongst others, Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel) won the audience award in 2011 and Ulrike Maria Stuart won the jury award for Best Production at the NRW Theatertreffen in 2012. That same year he was nominated for the Faust German theatre award. He is also a professor for Scene at the University of Arts Berlin.

Topic:Politics on stage exemplified in “Die Schutzbefohlenen / Appendix / Coda / Epilog auf dem Boden”


Annelie Mattheis (Moderator)

studied Theatre and Media Studies, Psychology and Modern German Literary History in Erlangen and Bern, and has been working as a theatre dramaturg since 2008. She worked at the Theater Baden-Baden until 2011, and between then and 2014 at the Hessische Landestheater Marburg. Since 2014, she has been working as a dramaturg at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.



||| CAFÉ EUROPA |||


Talks by Martin Dietzsch, Anders Lustgarten and Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer. Moderated by Annelie Mattheis.


Followed by alternating discussion groups.

(The talks will be in German, simultaneous translation provided.)


9 April 2016

at the Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany


Café Europa is part of the artistic frame programme

of the UTE General Assembly at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.

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An event presented in context of the

CONFLICT ZONES | ZONES DE CONFLIT network programme of the UTE.


Supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


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