WELT/BÜHNE

The platform for international drama

Since 2015, the WELT/BÜHNE has been an integral part of the Residenztheater as a dynamic platform for international drama. In residencies lasting several months, international authors develop new texts that act as an indispensable driving force for politically aware, lively theatre that is open to all generations. The authors take us into new worlds with their stories, they sketch the world situation poetically. It is often the authors themselves who have a keen sense for tectonic shifts in society, recognise socio-political developments at a very early stage and incorporate them into their literary works. In the Welt/Bühne Salons, the authors, together with the Residenztheater ensemble, present the results of the intensive work phase in Munich in readings and discussions.

 

In many cultures, the dramatic text is the starting point for an evening of theatre. It sets the tone, opens up new perspectives and invents the language in which the characters communicate on stage and with the audience. The play is what makes theatre evenings original - especially in times when texts can supposedly be produced by automated artificial intelligence algorithms. Due to the language involved, conveying plays to another theatre landscape is a complex process and requires a great deal of care and support. The annual WELT/BÜHNE Festival opens up the artistic transfer of texts to the stage in productions and enables a personal exchange between the international artists, the audience and the people at the Residenztheater in the festival context.

 

The WELT/BÜHNE platform was conceived to promote the creation of new texts for the stage and to make authors* known beyond national and linguistic borders.  

 


 

«WELT/BÜHNE» is organised in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and with the support of the Friends* of the Residenztheater.

Festival Programm

Today

13 Jun

Thursday

Thu 13 Jun

Marstall Café, 17.30 o'clock | WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES | WELT/BÜHNE | Staged reading | Audience discussion afterwards

Vergewaltigung einer Schauspielerin (The Rape of a Theater Actress)

by Carla Zúñiga Morales

We are probably in the middle of a lockdown because Berenice, a famous actress, is at home in her flat preparing for a performance that is being streamed on the internet and is about to go on air. But Berenice doesn't want to go on air, she doesn't want to act at all, especially not something as banal as this play.

Go to page «Vergewaltigung einer Schauspielerin (The Rape of a Theater Actress)»

Thu 13 Jun

Marstall, 20.00 o'clock | WELT/BÜHNE ‒ The Festival | Guest performance | In Persian language with German and English surtitles | Audience discussion afterwards

Blind Runner

by Amir Reza Koohestani
Prices U
24 €

The fate of three long-distance runners is interwoven in the latest production by the renowned Iranian Mehr Theatre Group.

Once a week, a husband visits his wife, a medical prisoner. Their conversations, which are monitored and eavesdropped on by cameras, become increasingly distant, leading to a lack of understanding and an inability to put the harshness of daily life into words.

However, at his wife's insistence, the husband agrees to accompany a young blind woman on a run in Paris. The two have to find a common rhythm and get to know each other during their training sessions.

After the competition, a new project emerges: they have to get to England, cross the Channel Tunnel and cover 38 kilometres in a few hours to avoid being run over by the first train in the morning.

Between the confinement of the prison and the feeling of freedom conveyed by the race, the action gradually takes on a hypnotic rhythm accompanied by Persian music. From this interplay emerges a poetic vision of struggle, mutual aid and the freedom to which we rush.

Go to page «Blind Runner»

14 Jun

Friday

Fri 14 Jun

Marstall, 20.00 o'clock | WELT/BÜHNE ‒ The Festival | Guest Performance| In Persian language with German and English surtitles

Blind Runner

by Amir Reza Koohestani
Prices U
24 €

The fate of three long-distance runners is interwoven in the latest production by the renowned Iranian Mehr Theatre Group.

Once a week, a husband visits his wife, a medical prisoner. Their conversations, which are monitored and eavesdropped on by cameras, become increasingly distant, leading to a lack of understanding and an inability to put the harshness of daily life into words.

However, at his wife's insistence, the husband agrees to accompany a young blind woman on a run in Paris. The two have to find a common rhythm and get to know each other during their training sessions.

After the competition, a new project emerges: they have to get to England, cross the Channel Tunnel and cover 38 kilometres in a few hours to avoid being run over by the first train in the morning.

Between the confinement of the prison and the feeling of freedom conveyed by the race, the action gradually takes on a hypnotic rhythm accompanied by Persian music. From this interplay emerges a poetic vision of struggle, mutual aid and the freedom to which we rush.

Go to page «Blind Runner»

The WELT/BÜHNE Festival from 7 to 14 JUN 2024

LYSISTRATA ON HOLIDAY

World premiere by Oleksandr Seredin

FR 7 JUN, 8 pm at Marstall

SON OF A MOTHER. MOTHER OF A SON.

World premiere by Pooyan Bagherzadeh

SA 8 JUN, 8 pm at Marstall

AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY HONG-DO LEE (MY LIFE IN ART)

Staged reading by Hong-Do Lee

SA 8 JUN, 5.30 pm at Marstall Café

THE RAPE OF A THEATER ACTRESS

Staged reading by Carla Zúñiga Morales

DO 13 JUN, 5.30 pm at Marstall Café

WHAT IS TRUTH?

New texts by WELT/BÜHNE authors

SO 9 JUN, 7 pm at Marstall

HULLO, BU-BYE, KOKO, COME IN

Guest performance by and with Koleka Putuma

DI 11 & MI 12 JUN, each at 8 pm at Marstall

BLIND RUNNER

Guest performance by Amir Reza Koohestani

DO 13 & FR 14 JUN, each at 8 pm at Marstall

THE MANNSCHAFT

by Kyung-Sung Lee & Team
Presentation in co-operation with «Stadion der Träume»

MO 10 JUN, 8 pm at Fat Cat in the former Gasteig

WELT/BÜHNE – The Salons

Each author is introduced to the audience during their residency. In the WELT/BÜHNE Salon, actors of the Residenztheater ensemble read the guests' new texts - followed by a discussion to get to know the authors and ask questions:  What role does theatre play in their home countries? What are the working conditions like? What is the fascination for theatre? But also: How do they view us and the German-speaking theatre landscape?

WELT/BÜHNE - The authors

Since 2019, WELT/BÜHNE has invited Beniamin M. Bukowski from Poland, Alfredo Staffolani from Argentina, Satoko Ichihara from Japan, Birutė Kapustinskaitė from Lithuania, Asiimwe Deborah Kawe from Uganda, Noa Lazar-Keinan from Israel, Odile Gakire Katese from Rwanda, Natalia Blok and Oleksandr Seredin from Ukraine, Deepika Arwind from India, Pooyan Bagherzadeh from Iran and Koleka Putuma from South Africa to come to Munich for writing residencies.

In the 2024/2025 season, Hong-Do Lee from South Korea and Carla Zúñiga Morales from Santiago de Chile have been invited to take up writing residencies.

The residencies provided authors with three important resources in the form of time, space and financial support. During the residencies, which lasts several months, they produced texts and plays that are subsequently translated into German.

WELT/BÜHNE – The Festival 2023

The first edition of «WELT/BÜHNE - The Festival» took place in June 2023: Over 30 authors from all over the world were presented. Two guest performances from Israel and Rwanda were shown, further texts were presented in staged readings and controversial topics relating to contemporary drama were discussed. Aditionally, the authors were able to connect to their translators in closed events.