Enjoy a guided tour of the East Side Gallery, then watch the play #BerlinBerlin
13th, 14th and 15th August 2019
Guided tour at 16:30, East Side Gallery
BerlinBerlin at 19:30, Theatre STRAHL, Halle Ostkreuz
A child is born. A dad runs away. A wall is built right through the family, and the same wall also divides Germany in two parts. With humour, verve and rock sounds from both Germanys and three decades, the play #BerlinBerlin tells the story of Ingo and his family.
On 9th November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell and was gradually dismantled across the city. But not on Mühlenstrasse: here, artists from 21 different countries left their mark on what was left of the Wall, creating the world’s longest open-air art gallery. The guided tour tells the story of this historical location using a selection of these artworks.
On 13th, 14th and 15th of August, the performance of Theater Strahl’s play #BerlinBerlin, which received the Friedrich Luft Prize in 2018, will be preceded by a special guided tour of the East Side Gallery.
The event marks a double anniversary: on 13th August 1961 the Berlin Wall was built – and our protagonist Ingo was born…
Meeting point for the guided tour: East Side Gallery, Mühlenstrasse 73, 10243 Berlin (on the river-facing side, opposite Tamara-Danz-Strasse).
The theatre performance takes place at STRAHL.Halle Ostkreuz, Marktstr. 9–12, 10317 Berlin
Tickets, information and booking for the guided tour: email@example.com / 030-69599222 / www.eastsidegalleryberlin.de
Combined ticket prices for guided tour and play: €16 / €10 / €7.50 / €6
On 14th August the guided tour will be held in English.
Evening performances with English surtitles. For morning performances on request.
“Every wall is a tragedy.
Every wall falls.
A wall stands and falls.
A wall falls down and rises up again.
A wall stumbles, falls and rises up again.
A wall is funny.
A wall that stands and doesn’t fall is not funny.
A wall that you stumble over is funny.
A wall that makes you fall is tragic.”
For Ingo, the Berlin Wall is anything but a “blink of an eye in history”. Born in 1961 on the day the Wall was built, the “Anti-fascist Protection Wall” will overshadow his entire life in East Berlin. He is waiting in vain for his father, who now lives with his new family in West Berlin. His mother is silent and bottles things up, while his home country continues to wall itself in. But when staying there is no longer an option for Ingo and he is finally allowed to leave, legally and with official permission, the 9th November 1989 happens and suddenly the border is open anyway.
Using a collaborative writing process, four playwrights from East and West, born before and after the fall of the Wall, have created a play about life in a divided city. A family story that remembers Berlin, a city that still has two parts and a history that is not yet over.
Direction: Jörg Steinberg
By: Sina Ahlers, Uta Bierbaum, Günter Jankowiak and Jörg Steinberg
Dramaturgy: Holger Kuhla
Music Direction: Wolfgang Böhmer
Stage: Fred Pommerehn
Costume: Stephanie Dorn
Theatre pedagogy: Caroline Schließmann
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