Eröffnungsvortrag: Wie kommen wir zusammen? Transgenerationelle Aushandlung im internationalen Kinder- und Jugendtheater

Prof. Dr. Maike Gunsilius, Universität Hildesheim


Diese Diskussion bezieht sich auf den «Eröffnungsvortrag: Wie kommen wir zusammen? Transgenerationelle Aushandlung im internationalen Kinder- und Jugendtheater» von Prof. Dr. Maike Gunsilius sowie den Beitrag «Worauf können wir uns freuen? Einblicke in die aktuelle künstlerische Praxis» von Frau Petra Fischer.

© Sepp de Vries
© Sepp de Vries
© Sepp de Vries
© Sepp de Vries

The Big Questioning (7+)

«What is the color of nothingness? Why are there creatures that have no fur but must wear clothes? Why am I me and not someone else? Questions upon questions, each bigger than the other.»

It takes a while for Domi, Fiona, Mikki and Theresa to realize that the wondrous place they have landed in is actually a brain. Children’s questions constantly pop up in it, and they have to answer them: Why is there something and not just nothing? What do you do with questions to which there are no answers or an infinite number of answers?

«The Big Questioning» is an exciting poetic and philosophical play, a multimedia performance with analog devices. A chain becomes a snake, a piece of spaghetti, a squid-like creature. Foils and fabrics blow in the wind, and gummy bears lounge on projectors. And there is even a flight into infinity.

Goldtiger creates plays that challenge young and old audiences alike to explore new ways of perception. The forms of expression range from puppetry, projections and performance to poetry and pop music. «The Big Questioning» won second place at the PREMIO competition, a young talent award for theater and dance.

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The Center of the World (15+)

«A touching story about growing up, being different, and first love. A brilliant young adult novel on stage.»

For seventeen-year-old Phil, life is complicated. With his slightly chaotic mother Glass and his twin sister Dianne, he lives in “Visible,” a mansion outside the city. Glass raises the two of them in an extremely liberal manner and, above all, teaches them to defend themselves in an emergency. The residents of the town are hostile and suspicious of the family. When Phil is attracted to the handsome new classmate Nicholas, it doesn’t make things any easier.

Andreas Steinhöfel’s unusual coming-of-age novel (The Center of the World) is a touching story about growing up, being different and first love. Its protagonist Phil is caught off guard by his feelings and is searching in many ways: for his father, for the secret of his family, love and, above all, for himself.

Martin Pfaff’s production was created for the «jungspund» festival. Pfaff studied German, theater and sociology and has been a freelance director since 2005 in Chemnitz, Regensburg, Kassel, Kiel and St.Gallen and elsewhere. He has staged «Durcheinandertal», based on the novel by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the comedy «Noises Off!» by Michael Frayn and most recently «Die Orestie» by Aeschylus.