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19.11.2008: "After the Fall" − European theatre on the fall of the wall

Munich, November 19th 2008 - 28 November is the starting date for After the Fall. Twenty years after the fall of the wall the international theatre project by the Goethe-Institut will shed light on the significance of the event for Germany and for Europe. 17 playwrights from 15 European countries deal with socio-political change in their homelands since the fall of the wall. The first is the young Moldavian writer Nicoleta Esinencu in Chişinău, Moldavian Republic.

Dulling against violence, weapons and war, killing as a means of political manipulation: the world is a dark place after the fall of the wall in the play Antidot (antidote) by Nicoleta Esinencu. Antidot will have its world premiere on 28 November at the Gallerie Brancusi in Chişinău. “It is a political play, it’s about influence and surveillance, about secrets in a society in which the life of one person matters very little,” says the author. Esinencu is producing the play herself with her own group the Mobile European Trailer Theatre (METT). The METT stands at the crossroads between performance art and theatre and the participating actors and fine artists have made it their objective to reinvent Moldavian theatre. They consider exploration of unconventional forms of expression as a means of socio-political and aesthetic criticism.

Nicoleta Esinencu has already caused a sensation with her work: In her first play FUCK YOU, she dealt with the illusions of Rumanians and her people about their EU accession. She triggered such a fervid controversy that the play was even debated by the Rumanian parliament. She became known in Germany in the summer of 2008 when her play had a guest performance at the Berlin Theater Hebbel am Ufer, as well as the play reading Grüße aus Transnistrien, which was written after a journey by Esinencu with the Berlin writer Tanja Dückers through the phantom state of Transnistria in the east of the Moldavian Republic.

Antidot is the first world premiere of the Europe-wide theatre project After the Fall. In cooperation with renowned local theatres Goethe-Instituts in 15 European countries commissioned 18 playwrights to write plays reflecting the impacts of the fall of the wall in their country. The After the Fall plays will be premiered until October 2009. Among the authors, in addition to many highly praised young writers such as Esinencu, are also well-known greats such as the Polish Andrzej Stasiuk. In November 2009, as the climax and finale of After the Fall, the Staatsschauspiel Dresden and the Theaterbüro Mülheim an der Ruhr will invite a selection of the productions to Germany. There, the performances will be accompanied by a programme of talks organized by the Federal Agency of Political Education.

Participants (city: theatre/writer): Amsterdam: Frascati Theater, Gasthuis/Marjolijn van Heemstra, Belgrade: Beogradsko Dramasko Pozorište/Goran Marković, Bromberg: Teatr Polski Bromberg/Juri Andruchowytsch, Brussels: Beursschouwburg/Pieter de Buysser, Budapest: Nemzeti Színház Budapest/workshop supervision: László Márton, Chişinău: Mobile European Trailer Theatre/Nicoleta Esinencu, Dresden: Staatsschauspiel Dresden/Dirk Laucke, Dublin: Abbey Theatre/Stacey Gregg, Espoo: Espoon Kaupunginteatteri/Juha Siltanen, Hull: Community Project, University of Hull/Sarah-Jane Dickenson, Copenhagen: Det Kongelige Teater/Christian Lollike, Cracow: Stary Teatr Cracow/Andrzej Stasiuk, Norrköping: Stadttheater Östgötateatern/Åsa Lindholm, Agneta Fagerström Olsson, Piatra Neamţ: tbc Teatrul Tineretului Piatra Neamţ/Teodora Herghelegiu, Prague: Theater Letí/Barbora Vaculová, Sarajevo: Sarajevski ratni teatar - Sarajevo War Theatre/Almir Imširević

„After the Fall" is a Europe-wide theatre project by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, the Theaterbüro Mülheim an der Ruhr and the Federal Agency of Political Education with kind support from the Federal Foreign Office..

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