Passage 23°E: Long Night of Eastern European Theatre


If culture is considered as the foundation of a shared Europe, what do we actually know about our neighbours' culture? Particularly Central, Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe are out of focus – other perspectives are dominant on stages as well as in politics.

Which topics do artists in Riga, Ljubljana or Vilnius deal with? What is the cultural and political context of their work? And what is their perspective on Europe? The Long night traced these questions – through talks with experts and artists and screenings of films and documentations of outstanding theatrical productions.

July 8th 2016, Kunstquartier Bethanien, 7pm – open end



  • Theatre in Bulgaria

Silvia Petrova, prduction manager Studio Я, Maxim Gorki Theater

Dorte Lena Eilers, editor Theater der Zeit


  • Theatre in Post-Yugoslavia

Ivana Sajko, writer, director and performer

Janez Janša, author, director and performer

Saša Asentić performance maker, cultural worker


  • Theatre in Europe

Gemma Pörzgen, freelance journalist

Mojca Jan-Zoran, director of Slovenian Theatre Institute

Dariusz Kosiński, professor of Performance studies

Eugenia Arsenis, director-dramaturg


  • Theatre in Estonia

Christian Römer, consultant for Culture and New Media at Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung


  • Theatre in Greece

Eugenia Arsenis, director-dramaturg


  • Theatre in Poland

Krzysztof Garbaczewski, Theatre Director

Dorota Sajewska, researcher


The opening event of the project PASSAGE 23°E took place on July 8th 2016 in Berlin's Art Quarter Bethanien. Through films and encounters it raised issues regarding the understanding of and knowledge about the theatre developments in Eastern, Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe.

More than 150 visitors discussed together with the invited guests the issue of nationality and internationality in the artistic field of theatre, performance and dance. Speakers addressed questions of national and transnational understanding, exchange between artists and the society and the perception and effect of the artistic work within the countries where they either came from and/or presented their art. Six discussion rounds all having a geographical starting point meandered through the ideas of theatre in Europe by adopting aesthetic, cultural, historical, socio-cultural and artistic perspectives.

A great diversity of audiovisual documentations presented various forms of theatre, performance based art and dance coming from festivals, production and theatre houses all over (Eastern) Europe.

Visitors had the opportunity to come in contact with the artists and discuss further individually issues raised in the public discussions on the podium all night long.


Programme of the Long night of Eastern European Theatre

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Impressions of the Long night




July 8th, 2016
International Theatre Institute Germany, Berlin