“Female Texts for Theater” from Nuremberg House to AST . Theatre

a program
Friday 6 May 2022
17.00 – Reading of Ewi Benbenik’s play “The Tragedy of the Bastard” and meeting the author. Translation: Artur Koch
The heroine of the play, Ewi Benbenik, like the author, left Poland with her parents for Germany when she was a child. Her life is marked by a feeling of not belonging. At one end is a conservative grandmother, attached to Catholic values ​​and reminiscent of war, and on the other, a mother who cannot find herself in a new reality, free from humiliation. The narrator wants to get out of this terrible situation and turns her frustration into a kind of rhetoric filled with anger, annoyance and anger. The honest, wise and modern text of Ewi Benbenik won the Drama Prize in 2021 at the “Stücke” festival in Mülheim, where the best plays of the German-speaking region are presented.
8:00 pm – Reading of the play “The Golden Deal” by Rebecca Kricheldorf and meeting the author. Translation: Jacek Kaduczak
A funny and perverted text by Rebecca Christeldorf is a modern version of Cinderella. Three teenage girls should marry well. In the marriage market, youth and beauty are precious, and the mother intends to use them correctly. A liberated Cinderella challenges the institution of marriage and opposes her stepmother’s plans. The writer places her art in the realms of Instagram and pop culture, playing with the language of contemporary youth, weaving into it quotations from literature, philosophy, and current ideological and political discourse. Although he is guided by feminist ideas, he makes it clear that simple and radical measures to liberate women do not always achieve the intended effect and that there is no golden way to achieve independence and gender equality.
Hosted by: Martina Wurzyniak, Academy of Dramatic Art
Saturday 7 May 2022
6.00 pm – Dramatic reading of Anne Geminer’s play “The Buffet Vending Machine”. Translation: Iona Oberman.
Somewhere on the outskirts of a small town, Adam meets an unknown Eva, which leads to the foiling of her suicide. The man and his wife run a restaurant, a terracotta buffet vending machine, where representatives of the local community gather. The beautiful young woman who appears in the restaurant, as a catalyst, evokes in them feelings hitherto hidden: frustration, unfulfilled aspirations, envy or faltering ambition. Everyone wants to gain her favor and use it for his own ends. The forgotten but highly objective art of Anna Gemminer was called up by the Burgtheater in Vienna. The production, directed by Barbara Frey, was among the top 10 theater productions in the German-speaking region submitted as part of the Theatertreffen review in 2021.
19.30 – Hunting in the Dark Depths: Anne Gmeyner and Eleonora Kalkowska – the forgotten playwright of the Weimar Republic. An interview with Lisette Buchholz and Anna Gabbagina.
Coordinator: Anna R. Porzynica, Jagiellonian University.
Anna Geminer was born in Vienna in 1902 and remained, like her theatrical heroines, an outsider. Coming from a liberal Jewish family, she began her studies at the University of Vienna in 1920, and five years later moved to Berlin, where she worked as a playwright and playwright at the Erwin Pescatore Theatre. Her socially critical and satirical text The Buffet Machine from 1932 was successfully staged on the Hamburg, Berlin and Zurich stages. Geminier’s career as a playwright was interrupted by Hitler’s rise to power and forced emigration.
Eleonora Kalkoska, born in 1883 in Warsaw, was a Polish-German writer. In 1907 she published the recently reissued Hunger for Life, and a year later began studying acting at the Max Reinhardt seminar. She worked in theater in Wroclaw and at Schauspielhaus in Berlin. Her drama Josef, shown in 1929 in Dortmund and a month later in Berlin, brought her fame. Its subject was the case of the Polish worker Jakubowski, who was executed in 1926 on a false accusation. After Hitler took power in 1933, she was arrested twice. After the intervention of the Polish consul, she was released, then she emigrated to Paris and then to London.
Sunday 8 May 2022
17.00 – Reading of Sybil Berg’s play “The whole world must have disappeared with me” and meeting with the translator. Translated by Iona Novaka
“Did we really think we would be able to save the world? We used to lie adorned with feminist, Marxist and queer books whose titles overwhelmed us because we preferred to watch soap operas.” – This is one of the voices that appears in Sibylle Berg’s play. Another adds, “Has anyone prepared us for our indignities? That we suddenly become completely unimportant? Invisible, even if we follow rules, like those for women only!” A text filled with anger, but also powerful, clever and funny about women and women was presented It premiered at the Gorky Theater in Berlin, as part of the “Stücke” festival in Mülheim and was voted “Art of the Year” in a critics poll for the 2020/21 season by Hewitt Theatre.
8:00 pm – Reading of the play “Maria Magda” by Svenja Viola Bongarten and a meeting with the writer. Translation: Iona Novaka
In May 2021, the play “Maria Magda” won the main prize at the prestigious Stückemarkt New Drama Competition in Heidelberg. It was written in the German press that it was a radical feminist text, by far the most daring candidate work. This is an exceptional drama. Sometimes bleak, on the border of dream and reality, but not without distance and humor. The author skillfully plays with the genres of science fiction and horror. It touches on challenging themes: maturity, sexuality, sin and guilt, holiness, femininity, motherhood, power, and control. (Description of PC Drama)
Meeting Host: Daria Kubisak from Jagiellonian University
Guest: Iwi
Benpnik was born in 1985 in Kamina Gora, Poland. She studied cultural studies and political science. In 2014-2019, Benpnik worked at the Institute of Contemporary German Literature/Theatre Research at the University of Hamburg.
Her first play “Bastard Tragedy” was shown in 2020 at the Viennese Schauspielhaus directed by Florian Fischer, and in 2021 its author was awarded the Drama Prize at the “Stücke” festival in Mülheim. In the same year, she was named Best Young Writer in Theater Heute’s Critics’ Poll.
Sybil Berg was born in Weimar. She worked in East Germany as an actress in a puppet theater, and after moving to West Germany, she studied oceanography and political science. She debuted in 1997 with the book People Search for Happiness and Die of Laughing (Polish 2012 edition). The first theatrical script was Helges Leben (2000). She has collaborated with directors such as Niklaus Hebling, Sebastian Knobling, and Hasko Weber. She is currently one of the most famous contemporary playwrights and authors in the German-speaking world. He has 27 plays and 15 novels to his credit, and he also writes radio plays, song lyrics and columns. In 2019, Sibylle Berg received the Swiss Book Prize for her latest novel at GRM – Brainfuck, and one year later the Grand Prix Literature, Switzerland’s highest literary award. In Germany, she received the following awards: Else Lasker-Schüler (2016) and Bertholt Brecht (2021).
Svenja Viola Bongarten was born in 1992 in Koblenz and graduated in screenwriting from the University of the Arts in Berlin. In 2016, she was awarded the “Berliner Opernpreis” for the opera Post Nuclear Love. Her artwork Bonn ist eine Stadt am Meer was presented as part of the “Autorentheatertage” review in Berlin. Since 2019, she has been a member of the Ministry of Compassion movement (Ministry of Compassion) and co-founder of the Die Antagonist * Innen group. For the 2020/21 season, she was a writer-in-residence at the Koblenz Theatre. Her play Maria Magda won the main prize of the “Heidelberger Stückemarkt” festival in 2021.
Rebecca Kricheldorf, born in Freiburg in 1974, studied Romantic languages ​​and stage design. She wrote about 30 theater scripts that were shown, incl. Staatstheater in Kassel, German Theater in Göttingen, Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Staatstheater in Nuremberg or German Theater in Berlin. She has received many grants and awards, incl. Publishers Prize and Audience Prize at the Stückemarkt Festival in Heidelberg (2002), Heinrich von Kleist (2003) and the Kassel Prize for Comedy Literature (2010). As a theater actress, she also participated in important festivals, presented theater scripts, including. “Stücke” in Mülheim or “Autorentage” in Berlin. Her first novel, Lustprinzip (The Pleasure Principle) was published in February 2021.
Iona Novaka, translator, curator of theater and literary projects. She studied Germanic philology and literary studies at A.Mickiewicz University in Poznan and University degli Studi in Macerata (Italy). She translates theatrical texts for children, adolescents and adults. Fellow of the Polish-German Cooperation Foundation (2012), Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2013) and twice from the International Visegrad Fund (2014 and 2016), Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop (2017), S. Foundation Schritte Program at the Literarisches Symposium in Berlin (2017), KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna (2018).
Lisette Buchholz was born in Ludwigshafen on the Rhine in 1950. She studied Slavic, psychology and German philology, then worked for a year as a German language teacher at the Goethe-Institut in Rovaniemi (Finnish Lapland). In 1983 she founded the publishing house Personal in Mannheim, which deals with contemporary literature and history, with a particular focus on immigration literature from 1933-1945. She is currently working as a freelance publisher and editor.
Anna Dabagina, physician, literary historian, graduate of the Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw, associate professor at the Institute of Polish Literature there. It has been published, inter alia, in “Teksty Drugie”, “Pamiętnik Literacki” and “Didaskalia”. Published a copy of the first volume “Głód życia” by Eleonora Kalkowska (Gdansk: Word/Image Territories, 2016), who is also the author of “Kalkowska”. Biogeography” (Gdansk: Book Treasures Foundation, 2020).
Concept and organization of the project: – Renata Cupito, Nuremberg House
– Eja Gaucharczyk, Drama Studio, Est
Cooperation: – Philine
Kleiberg, Mülheimer Theater “Stücke”
Dorota Krakowska, Goethe-Institut Krakow
Organizers: Dom
Academy of Theater Arts
Partners: Goethe-Institiut
in Krakow
Mühlheimer Theater Stücke
AST . Drama Studio
The project was funded by the Polish-German Cooperation Foundation

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