SAVE THE DATE: From Difference to Difference

in the context of the project Passage 23°E, the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) kindly invites you to the event:

From Difference to Difference
Friday, September 29th, 20.00
German Centre of International Theatre Institute (ITI)
Kunstquartier Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin

The developments of European history in the last 30 years are often interpreted as process of ongoing integration; as the settling of the former Eastern European countries in Western Europe.
This interpretation has to be questioned not only in regard to geo-political and economic aspects but especially regarding issues of cultural unity and diversity. On the one hand culture is often seen as a connecting, unifying and integrating force. On the other hand, in recent years, political initiatives for distinct cultures have been used for (re)claiming national autonomy and – in the worst case – superiority.

Two panels will discuss 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 changes  in the last years, not only along the binary distinction between “East” and “West”.
Focus will lie on questioning the self-images and projections which come up in talking about (the) Eastern European theatre.

Panel 1:
Former East – Former West?

Marina Davydova

Iulia Popovici

Ana Vujanović

Panel 2:

Theatre in Former Europe
Senad Halilbasic
Neda Sokolovska
Jan Klata
Marta Górnicka

Hosted by: Dorte Lena Eilers und Erik Zielke (Theater der Zeit)

Please find a comprehensive description of the panels in the invitation attached. The Discussion will take place in English, entrance is free.

Please register with until September 15th.

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