Contemporary circus has been achieving success on an international scale for years. The scene is becoming bigger and more visible in Germany too, even though in many places it’s still having to overcome stereotypes and fight for recognition as an art form. Here’s a review of the situation.

Sulle Sponde Accessibility on stage

Sulle sponde, a dance piece premiering at the German Pavilion at this year’s Architecture Biennale in Venice, grapples with issues of inclusion and accessibility in the world of culture and the arts. We talked to the choreographer about it.

Photo (detail): © Tom Dachs Forward Dance Company: Sulle sponde del lago

Venice Architecture Biennale Working With What’s There

What’s left after a Biennale? For instance the construction material for the German Pavilion: for 2023 the plan is to build this structure entirely of material left over from the last Biennale. After all, sustainable architecture also involves wasting less by way of resources.

© Arch+ Summacumfemmer Büro Juliane Greb Open for maintenance - Architecture Biennale 2023

Between Tradition and Queer Identities Cambodia’s “First Gay Dance Company”

Traditional Khmer dance and queer identities: this is the basis for Prumsodun Ok's dance company. He founded the first gay dance company in Cambodia.

Photo (Detail): © Kay Nara Cambodia’s "First Gay Dance Company"

Theatertreffen 2023 A Fondness for the Large-Scale Format

The action starts again every May: in 2023 the Theatertreffen, Germany’s most important theatre festival is operating without restrictions imposed by the pandemic for the first time. It features some major productions and a few surprises.

Photo (detail): © Susanne Hassler-Smith Normally performed at the Vienna Burgtheater but also showing in Berlin during Theatertreffen: Lucia Bihler brings Maria Lazar’s “Die Eingeborenen von Maria Blut” (The Native People of Maria Blut) to the main festival stage.


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