21 — 31 OCT
2021

Monologfestival

Two curators initiate ten new solo theater productions for every edition. These productions are all conceptualized specifically for the festival, connected by a common political theme. The focus lies on societal change and the agency of individuals within groups. Extraordinary premieres emerge, by renowned theater makers and collectives as well as newcomers. The co-production festival continually explores monological positioning in a polyphony of artistic disciplines and styles.

Festival Direction

Janette Mickan and Michael Müller are curating Monologfestival together for the third time in a row. They have a long history of collaboration in theater projects, beginning with their research for the piece “Verschwörer – wie wirklich ist die Wirklichkeit” in 2013. After this initial project, they realized many pieces of the theater group LUNATIKS in places like Berlin, Kiel, Hamburg, Seoul and Brandenburg an der Havel. The first edition of the festival under their lead in 2016 (AUS LIEBE ZUR WELT: Die Umordnung der Dinge) questioned the flexibility and meaning of existing rules and the possibility of their reinterpretation from a subjective point of view. It addressed the wish to change the status quo structurally. The potential for societal change lies in the positioning of individuals.

Becoming Us

We want to challenge the antiquated reputation of the genre of the monologue. Particularly since one could say that monological speaking is gradually replacing the dialogue in our contemporary media world.

In light of the red alert (ALARMSTUFE ROT) discussed at the festival in 2019 it seems even more pressing to ask the question of how speaking and positioning of an individual can be a starting point for communal campaigns to change the status quo. Instead of its manifestation in serial, unconnected sermons, we are interested in the political dimension of the monologue, its power to shake principles and to, on behalf of the community, throw into the world what has been unspoken or unthought and thus to open up new spaces in thinking for everyone. In this sense, in the midst of catastrophic global crises and economic and social injustice, we want to fire up the engine for fantasies that could be the precursors of future realities with FANTASTIC TIMES: A Becoming.A Could.A Different. Hereby also opening up new perspectives for us on the here and now.

Credits

Artistic Direction Janette Mickan / Michael Müller Stage Hendrik Scheel Production Direction Imma Scarpato Graphics Christiane Patić / Christin Striegler Technical Stephan Mäusel / David Ojala / Nicolas San Martin Mohr i.a. Press/Publicity Kerstin Böttcher Social Media/Publicity Sarah Reva Mohr Stage Photo Art Claudia Pasanisi / Peppe Tortora Stage Assistant Edgar Schlueter Production Assistant Kim Walz Documentation / Streaming Christopher Hewitt / Florian Brossmann Website Kulturinventur Thanks to the whole TD team Co-Production TD Berlin Cooperation Prater Digital Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Media Partner taz - die Tageszeitung / Theater der Zeit

Origins

Its first edition was conceived and realized within three months at TD Berlin back in 2007. Just like this year, we were curious about what happens when different solo pieces are staged back-to-back. And because everybody loved it so much, we’ve hosted the festival every year since - building new and unexpected bridges from the I to the We! Brand new theater pieces, communal picnics and concerts all take place in a room exclusively designed for the festival.

The idea of Monologfestival was developed by Heike Pelchen and Michael Müller, who realized the first three editions together. Since 2016, Janette Mickan and Michael Müller have been curating and constantly rethinking the festival.

Impressions

©2021
Monologfestival GbR
am TD Berlin,
Klosterstraße 44
MONOLOG
FESTIVAL
21 — 31 OKT
2021
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