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8 – 10 April 2016 at the Schauspielhaus Bochum

WAZ Bochum, 5 April 2016

Theatre Union: All Eyes On Europe

General Assembly of the international network UTE from 8 to 10 April at the Schauspielhaus Bochum

This is a special premiere: For the first time the General Assembly of the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe (UTE) takes place at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.

Twice a year the international theatre network comes together for exchanges – this time in context of the theme “The Own & the Foreign”, the title of the cross-divisional themed month of the Schauspielhaus. Besides Lisa Nielebock’s staging of “Hiob” (Job) and the premiere of Elfriede Jelinek's "Die Schutzbefohlenen (The suppliatns) / Appendix / Coda / Epilogue on the ground" (directed by Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer, Premiere on Saturday) – both will be shown with English surtitles – there will be a public lecture by Koen Tachelet (April 8) and the "Café Europa" (April 9).

The UTE is a theatre union with more than 40 members, including 19 large theatres from 15 European countries, aiming to enable transnational cooperation. Like this Europe's cultural heritage aims to be preserved and passed on. "For two days our theatre will be the centre of encounters, discussions and cultural exchanges between directors of different houses. In a time when there is talk of physical and mental limits, we want to exchange experiences under the sign of our motto, “The Own & the Foreign” sais director Anselm Weber

The Schauspielhaus especially points to the discussion format "Café Europa" on Saturday (April 9th) 15:30 to 18:00 in the central foyer of the Schauspielhaus.

It is a public panel discussion about the tense political situation in Europe: With the closure of the Western Balkan Migration Route three weeks ago, and thousands of refugees marooned in Greece, the history of the EU has reached rock bottom; also the EU-refugee-deal with Turkey is exposed to criticism. Weber: "The aim is to stimulate the dialogue between scientists and artists, the audience and the international guests of UTE member theatres."

By Jürgen Boebers-Süßmann for WAZ Bochum, 5 April 2016

Translated from German

Theaterunion richtet den Blick auf Europa

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