European Angst
Shermin Langhoff

Shermin Langhoff © Ute Langkafel MAIFOTO

„Shermin Langhoff has been the director of the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin since the 2013/14 season. It was voted "theatre of the year" by theatre critics under her directorship in 2014 and 2016. Langhoff began her career in publishing and television. She worked in film for many years, including with Fatih Akin on Gegen die Wand. She was the curator at the Theater Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) in Berlin from 2004 to 2008. Here she founded the Akademie der Autodidakten (Academy of Autodidacts) and created her project series Beyond Belonging in 2006 with productions on the issue of migration. Langhoff set up the Ballhaus Naunynstraße in 2008 and through her work made a significant contribution to establishing the concept of post-migrant theatre – a constant in social debate about Germany as a nation of immigration.Für die Zukunft Europas wünsche mir den Mut zurück, der 1989 diesen Kontinent bestimmte: die eigenen Mauern zu Fall zu bringen. Wir müssen jetzt an neuen Mauerfällen arbeiten, wir müssen das Risiko der Öffnung zu unserem Geist machen, statt den nationalstaatlichen Sirenen nachzugehen."

„For the future of Europe I hope we can once again show the courage that prevailed on this continent in 1989 to bring down our own walls. We must now work on bringing down new walls and embrace the risk of openness as part of our spirit instead of following nationalistic sirens.” Langhoff in a guest contribution on the ZDF series Europas Zukunft (Europe's future), 22.12.2015