General Assembly in Bochum


From 8 to 10 April 2016, the UTE member representatives met in Bochum to attend the General Assembly of the UTE.

Held twice a year, UTE General Assemblies bring together all the UTE members’ representatives, in order to discuss and vote on major decisions regarding the future of the community. UTE members reflect on today’s most relevant topics, the role of the theatre and the UTE in this context; they discuss the UTE programme, suggest activities, projects, and vote on important administrative and legal questions.

In spring 2016, the General Assembly took place at the Schauspielhaus Bochum. The Schauspielhaus Bochum, represented by its artistic director Anselm Weber, has been a member of the UTE since 2013.

Bochum is a city in the northwest of Germany in the centre of the post-industrial area of the Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr region), also called Revier or Ruhrpott in the common speech. With a population density of 2,800/km² and a population of eight and a half million, the Ruhrgebiet is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany. It is considered part of the larger Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region of more than 12 million people, which is among the largest in Europe. In 2010, the Ruhr region was one of the European Capitals of Culture.

With large former industrial sites in the area, amongst them UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Ruhrgebiet is one of the anchor points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage and annually hosts the “Ruhrfestspiele” and the “Ruhrtriennale” two of the most relevant international festivals for music, art and theatre in Germany. The Schauspielhaus Bochum belongs to the most famous theatres in this rich cultural area and is one of the most important theatres in the German theatre sector altogether.

The Schauspielhaus Bochum, as host of the UTE General Assembly, prepared a programme of artistic activities dealing with the phenomenon of xenophobia Das Eigene & das Fremde (The Own & the Foreign):

The premiere of Die Schutzbefohlenen / Appendix / Coda / Epilog auf dem Boden by Elfriede Jelinek, directed by Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer, as well as three performances of the repertoire of the Schauspielhaus, Hiob directed by Lisa Nielebock, Stiller directed by Eric de Vroedt, future artistic director of the National Theatre The Hague and familiar to the UTE in his function as director of the UTE masterclass “The European of the Year” in the summer of 2015; and finally, the performance Lampedusa by Anders Lustgarten, directed by Olaf Kröck, chief dramaturg of the Schauspielhaus.

Dramaturg and writer Koen Tachelet gave an introduction to Joseph Roth’s novel Hiob before the show, all performances were surtitled in English, discussions with artists and academic specialists and performances of the repertoire of the Schauspielhaus completed the frame programme of the General Assembly and invited the international guests as well as the local audience to attend this international event.



Stress Test for Open Society


  • Friday, 8 April 2015

  • Can a person be saved?

    Public lecture

    By Koen Tachelet

    Theater Unten, Schauspielhaus Bochum | 7 pm

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    Hiob | Job


    With English surtitles

    By Joseph Roth

    Directed by Lisa Nielebock

    Schauspielhaus Bochum | 8 pm

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  • Saturday, 9 April 2016

  • CAFÉ EUROPA | Talks & Discussions

    With Martin Dietzsch, Anders Lustgarten and Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer

    Moderation: Annelie Mattheis

    A public event

    Mittleres Foyer, Schauspielhaus Bochum | 3.30 pm – 6 pm

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    Die Schutzbefohlenen / Appendix / Coda / Epilog auf dem Boden


    With English surtitles

    By Elfriede Jelinek

    Directed by Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer

    Kammerspiele, Schauspielhaus Bochum | 7.30 pm

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  • Sunday, 10 April 2016

  • UTE General Assembly

    A UTE event for UTE members only

    Mittleres Foyer, Schauspielhaus Bochum | 10 am – 2 pm


    National Premiere

    By Anders Lustgarten

    Directed by Olaf Kröck

    Kammerspiele, Schauspielhaus Bochum | 5 pm

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    Based on the novel by Max Frisch

    Directed by Eric de Vroedt

    Schauspielhaus Bochum | 5 pm

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    Picture of the Schauspielhaus © by Jürgen Landes

    An event organised by the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe

    and the Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany.

    In context of the CONFLICT ZONES network programme of the UTE.

    With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union