From Difference to Difference




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The roles of self-image and outside perception in Eastern European Theatre

The developments of the last 30 years of European history are often interpreted as an ongoing integration process; as the settling of the former Eastern European countries in (Western) Europe.


This interpretation has to be questioned anew not only in regard to geo-political and economic aspects of the reshaping of Europe in the last couple of years but especially with respect to its culture, demarcating an area of tension: On the one hand culture is often seen as a connecting, unifying and integrating force. On the other hand, in recent years, initiatives for defining cultures have been used for (re)claiming national autonomy and – in the worst case – superiority.


The discussions of this evening will ask about the construction of European identity/ies as well as the impact of theatre as aesthetic and public practise in the setting of a continent which has undergone fundamental reshaping in the last years, not only along the binary distinction between “East” and “West”.


Panel 1
Former East – Former West?

Discussion with:
Marina Davydova
Iulia Popovici
Ana Vujanović

Panel 2
Theatre in Former Europe

Discussion with:
Senad Halilbasic
Neda Sokolovska
Jan Klata
Marta Górnicka

The discussions will be held in English, hosted by Dorte Lena Eilers and Erik Zielke (both Theater der Zeit).


Complemented by a selection of video materials, shown in various cinemas in the institute, as well as books
and other print media focusing on different forms of theatre in the former East this evening aims to offer insight
into today's cultural developments in the countries and regions of Central, Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe.


September 29th, 2017


8pm - open end

International Theatre Institute Germany, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin





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September 29th, 2017, at 8pm
International Theatre Institute Berlin