"The front line is always closer than expected. And we aren’t to blame, of course. Do you know what I mean?" From Iryna Tsylik’s Ich habe es satt mich schuldig zu fühlen (I’m tired of feeling guilty)
Can art tell of war? Politicians talk about "epochal change" and "turning times" and we are all aware that our security and values are also at stake. How prophetic, radical and entertaining, how apocalyptic, sophisticated and funny is theatre in times of war?
One year after 24 February 2022, the fifth edition ofRADAR OSTresponds to this war in the middle of Europe, which is also a cultural one. How close the frontline is becomes tangible in six co-productions, world premieres and guest performances from Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Slovenia. All the plays premiered immediately after the outbreak of the war at festivals, in shelters in Kyiv, in exile in London and Paris or are now being premiered in Berlin. Five intensive days of theatre, encounters, images, concerts, performances and table discussions by and with artists from Eastern Europe. As a special treat, we invite you to the long reading night [Alp]Traum Europa until sunrise.
Since 2018, the international festivalRADAR OSThas been a mirror of political and aesthetic movements in the neighbouring countries to the east. The starting point for the festival was - one generation after 1989 - the artistic reflection of the great social upheavals. Since then, working relationships with directors from Georgia, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia have developed and deepened beyond the festival. The cooperation has changed and widened our view of the lines of connection and rupture between East and West.
Immediately after Russia's attack on Ukraine, the DT showed solidarity with artists from Ukraine with the Stay United series, worked with them and has since given their voices a stage.
For this year's festival edition, the country focus on Ukraine was already decided before the war broke out. How the war will end is uncertain. What we never stop believing in and working on with RADAR OST is the certainty that theatre art can describe shades beyond black and white and that it teaches us to endure contradictions. Art does not judge, it creates both: closeness and distance. What we do know is that theatre can open up a utopian but experiential space in which the recognition of difference and empathy is the community-building of our time.
Join us in looking forward to theatrical border crossings from 8 to 12 March at the Deutsches Theater Berlin!
Birgit Lengers, Festival Curator
Opening Impulse, Concert & Meet the Artists With: Irena Karpa, Svetlana Kundish, Andrii Palatnyi, Mariana Sadovska, Tamara Trunova Wed., 8 March 2023, 18.00 – Saal
Ha*l*t Cooperation with the Left Bank Theatre, Kyiv/Ukraine for RADAR OST 2023 Director: Tamara Trunova In Ukrainian with German and English surtitles Premiere: Wed, 8 March 8 pm; Thu, 9 March 7 pm (followed by a post-show discussion, Saal) – Kammerspiele
human? A theatrical-musical mass by mariia&magdalyna and the musician Khrystyna Kirik. Guest performance mariia&magdalyna + krkrk, Kyiv/Ukraine In English and Ukrainian with German surtitles Berlin premiere: Wed, 8 March 8.30 pm; Thu, 9 March 9 pm – Box
Dogs of Europe based on the novel by Alhierd Bacharevič A production of the Belarus Free Theatre, Belarus/United Kingdom Director: Nicolai Khalezin In Belarusian with German and English subtitles With English subtitles German premiere: Fri, 10 March 7.30 pm, Sat, 11 March 5 pm (followed by a post-show discussion, Saal) – Deutsches Theater
Medea s01e06 by Paata Tsikolia Guest performance of the Royal District Theatre, Tbilisi/Georgia Co-production with GRTN - Georgian Regional Theatre Network In Georgian with German and English surtitles Director: Paata Tsikolia German premiere: Sat., 11 March 8.30 pm; Sun., 12 March 8 pm (7.30 pm introduction, Saal) – Kammerspiele
Crises based onLess is Moreby Jason Hickel and The Mushroom at the End of the Worldby Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing Guest performance The New Post Office, Ljubljana/Slovenia Directed by Žiga Divjak In English with Slovenian surtitles German premiere: Sat. 11 March 7 pm; Sun. 12 March 6 pm (followed by a post-show discussion with the "Last Generation") – Box
Danse Macabre A project by Vlad Troitskyi with the Dakh Daughters and Tetiana Troitska (Dakh Theatre, Kiev) Guest performance Center of Contemporary Art DAKH, Ukraine | France Director: Vlad Troitskyi In Ukrainian with German and English surtitles Berlin premiere: Sun., 12 March 7.30 pm – Deutsches Theater
Nightmare Europe ([Alp]Traum Europa) A journey through the night with stories, pictures + music In collaboration with European Theatre Convention (ETC), CCA "DAKH", Volkstheater Wien, Hotel Continental - Artspace in Exile, dokumentartheater berlin, neue bühne Senftenberg and with Elias Arens, Manuel Harder, Bernd Moss, Linda Pöppel, Birgit Unterweger, Niklas Wetzel and Almut Zilcher from the DT Fri, 10 March, 11 pm until sunrise – Box + Bar, Love Lounge + Terrace