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Die Hahn Produktion cultural exchange with Russia

MOSKAUER THEATERTAGE IN MÜNCHEN 1988 | THEATERTAGE DER BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND IN MOSKAU 1989

The Moskauer Theatertage in München presented a selection of the most daring and up-to-date perestroika and glasnost productions from Moscow. The venues were the Kammerspiele, the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel and the Gasteig.

A number of Russian directors, playwrights and artists participated in talks and discussions, which led to the festival becoming an important forum for German/Russian cultural exchange.

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“A festival, the likes of which have never been seen before.” (DIE ZEIT)

“…an amazingly meaningful, exciting, comprehensive festival…” (FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU)

“Every evening, when the lights go down and the curtain falls in the Gasteig, the same ritual is repeated: a storm of applause and bravos…(…) All of the performances during the festival MOSKAUER THEATERTAGEN IN MÜNCHEN are sold out; already two extra performances have been organised.” (SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG)

“A West German theatre festival with ten companies from seven cities: Moscow rejoiced at this amazing cultural invasion.” (DER SPIEGEL)

“Definitely a world premiere.” (THEATER HEUTE) russia russia “The THEATERTAGE DER BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND IN MOSKAU in January and February 1989 became a cultural showcase, as never seen before.” (Spiegel).

In addition to Germany’s leading theatres, such as the Kammerspiele in Munich, the Thalia Theater in Hamburg and the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel and, for the first time, Peter Stein and the Berliner Schaubühne under a German name (a political innovation), free and daring productions and theatre forms, such as Pina Bausch´s Wuppertaler Tanztheater, were staged in Moscow.

“At the half-way mark, it is already clear that this cultural initiative is a perfect example for bilateral cultural exchange, leading to further hopes for the future. … A private agency from Munich undertook the entire organisation, solving calmly and efficiently any problems which occurred in Moscow.” (FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG)

Political developments and the positive resonance between Germany and Russia encouraged activities aimed at bringing a constant selection of cultural events to new interested audiences. In the following years numerous tours took place, initiated due to the success of these two festivals.

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