After the Fall - Europe after 1989
A European theatre festival

Photo: Slobodan SamardžicPhoto: Slobodan Samardžic

Photo: Slobodan Samardžic

The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, did not just end the 40-year partition of Germany, it also triggered fundamental social and political changes across much of Europe. Twenty years after the fall of the Wall, the cross-border theatre project After the Fall reflects on the impact these upheavals have had on Germany and Europe.

As part of the project, 17 playwrights from 15 European nations were commissioned with writing plays that reflect the social changes in their countries by the Goethe-Institute, Germany's globally operating non-profit cultural institution. Participants include well-known names like Poland's Andrzej Stasiuk as well as up-and-comers like Moldovan dramatist Nicoletta Esinencu and German playwright Dirk Laucke.

The project's highlight: Productions of select plays will be performed in Germany November 2010 in Mülheim an der Ruhr and the Staatsschauspiel Dresden theatre. The performances will be accompanied by discussion programmes featuring renowned speakers from Germany and Europe and organized by Germany’s Federal Center for Political Education. Plays, performances and panels will add up to a multi-faceted picture of recent German and European history.  At the same time, contemporary European drama is given a major showcase.

October 31 - November 8, 2010
Stadthalle Mülheim, Theodor-Heuss-Platz 1, 45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr
Ringlokschuppen, Am Schloss Broich 38, 45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr
Theater an der Ruhr, Akazienallee 61, 45478 Mülheim an der Ruhr

In the partner countries, the Goethe-Institute cooperated with local theatres which have been producing the plays since November 2008.
Media partner: ZDFtheaterkanal
Supported by the German Foreign Ministry.

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