Festival Theater der Welt
Düsseldorf 2021
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Festival Theater der Welt

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A precision landing!

The Theater der Welt festival has been in existence for over 40 years. It takes place every three years in different cities and regions of Germany. It has never been cancelled. For the first time ever, the festival in Düsseldorf was postponed for a year due to the worldwide pandemic. This was an act of foresight and we have been extremely fortunate: the festival can now take place! 350 artists from 5 continents and from 17 countries can fulfil their commitments to Germany’s largest theatre event. We are delighted that we are now able to welcome our guests in Düsseldorf.

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24 international productions
From 17 June to 4 July the festival will present 24 outstanding international productions. Six of these are world premieres, have been developed as co-productions and bring groups of artists together across national borders and continents.

Young audiences
For the first time a third of the festival programme is aimed at children, young people and families.

We will perform live …
Because infection rates are falling, we can even play 34 performances in front of a live audience – as open-air events in Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz and in the theatres at the Schauspielhaus, the Central and Münsterstraße! We would hardly have dared dream this was possible a short time ago. In addition to this there will be 18 sound performances in the city centre, 18 Weltfoyer events at the Festival Centre, 2 performances streamed live (from South Africa and Chile direct to the Schauspielhaus) and 2 productions recorded for television.

… and online!
To comply with coronavirus regulations fewer seats are available than usual. We are therefore delighted that we have been able to arrange for a large part of the festival to be available in digital form – as a live stream and on the day of the second performance as video-on-demand. In this way the festival will also be accessible to audiences who are not yet able to travel or who are unable to secure tickets!

The sound of the world
Despite Covid-19 the festival is able to tell stories of the world at large, enriched with discursive, performative and experimental projects. Seven contributions to the festival tell stories from the African continent. These include an account of a journey through Namibia featuring the discovery of a German colonial past that remains unresolved. The sound installation Siren Song by the Australian artists Byron J. Scullin, Tom Supple and Hannah Fox will reference Düsseldorf’s pioneering role in the development of electronic music openly for a broad public in and around the Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz.

Opening
We will open the festival with the world premiere of a stage adaptation of the novel The Life and Times of Michael K. by the Nobel Prize-winner J. M. Coetzee. This will be the first time that an ensemble from the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town appears at the Schauspielhaus. At least virtually. The production was planned with two years of preparation for a joint production involving actors from Cape Town and the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus’s ensemble. The pandemic put paid to these plans and made it impossible to rehearse together in South Africa. Now we are delighted that we can broadcast the premiere live from Cape Town on the big screen at the Schauspielhaus.

Festival Centre
The Schauspielhaus foyer and the Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz with the open-air auditorium and installation The Third Space by the architectural collective raumlaborberlin will operate as the Festival Centre for 18 days and 18 nights, where the Weltfoyer music programme and other events offer opportunities for discussions, talks, films and simply parties.

Health regulations
According to the regulations currently in force, it is possible for the Theater der Welt festival to stage performances at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, both on the open-air stage in the Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz and in its indoor theatres, the Großes Haus, Kleines Haus, Central and Junges Schauspielhaus as well as in the Dreischeibenhaus. Moreover, due to the trajectory of the pandemic with falling case rates, coronavirus protection measures have been eased and theatre visitors are no longer to prove their vaccination, recovery or test status. The rules on masks and social distancing continue to remain in force throughout the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus site.

Do you have any questions about the health regulations during your visit to the theatre? Check out our FAQs!


Welcome to the Theater der Welt 2021 festival in Düsseldorf!

We wish you many exciting evenings in the theatre!

Stefan Schmidtke, Programme Director Theater der Welt 2021, and the festival team
Information and tickets

All dates, information and tickets can be found on this site and on www.dhaus.de. Tickets are on sale now!

Coming up soon

Massimo Furlan, Claire de Ribaupierre: European Philosophical Song Contest
Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain
Music Theatre
23.–24.06.2021
Jordan Tannahill and Erin Brubacher: Is my Mic on?
Canada, Germany
Theatre
22.–23.06.2021
Kelvinmary Ndukwe: Sisi Pelebe
Nigeria
Theatre
23.–24.06.2021
Today, 23.06.2021

Online
Video on demand
Jetse Batelaan, Theater Artemis
Netherlands
Theatre

Video on demand available 20.06.21, 16:00 – 04.07.21, 23:59. Due to copyright restrictions this video is only available in Europe.
Prices: 5,00 €
iCal
Online
Video on demand
Guillermo Calderón
Chile
Theatre


Video on demand available 22.06.21, 16:00 – 04.07.21, 23:59. Due to copyright restrictions this video is only available in Europe.
Prices: 5,00 €
iCal
18:00 - 19:00
Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz
Jordan Tannahill and Erin Brubacher
Canada, Germany
Theatre

iCal
20:00 - 21:00
Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz
Jordan Tannahill and Erin Brubacher
Canada, Germany
Theatre

The performance will be followed by an audience discussion.

iCal
20:00 - 22:15
Online
Livestream
Massimo Furlan, Claire de Ribaupierre
Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain
Music Theatre
With german subtitles

Due to copyright restrictions this video is only available in Europe.
iCal
20:00 - 22:15
Schauspielhaus, Große Bühne
German Premiere
Massimo Furlan, Claire de Ribaupierre
Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain
Music Theatre
With german subtitles
The performance will be followed by the public talk Vision: Europe
iCal
21:00 - 22:00
Dreischeibenhaus
Premiere
Kelvinmary Ndukwe
Nigeria
Theatre

The performance will be followed by an audience discussion.


iCal
22:15
Public Talk

The public talk Vision: Europe will take place following the performance of European Philosophical Song Contest
iCal
23:00
Schauspielhaus, Kleine Bühne
Weltfoyer
Belgium
iCal

Héctor Flores Komatsu, Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral: Andares
Mexico
Theatre
25.–26.06.2021
Brigitta Muntendorf, Stephanie Thiersch, Sou Fujimoto: Archipelago
Germany, Japan
Dance / Music
18.–20.06.2021
Ene-Liis Semper, Tiit Ojasoo: Art
Estonia, Switzerland
Performance
29.–30.06.2021
David Paquet: Das Gewicht der Ameisen
Canada, Germany
Theatre
29.–30.06.2021
Guillermo Calderón: Dragón
Chile
Theatre
21.–22.06.2021
Anke Retzlaff: Dream Machine
Germany
Performance
03.–04.07.2021
Massimo Furlan, Claire de Ribaupierre: European Philosophical Song Contest
Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain
Music Theatre
23.–24.06.2021
Sibylle Berg: GRM.Brainfuck
Germany
Theatre
02.–03.07.2021
Jordan Tannahill and Erin Brubacher: Is my Mic on?
Canada, Germany
Theatre
22.–23.06.2021
Alex Ivanovici, Annabel Soutar, Brett Watson (Porte Parole): L'Assemblée Montréal
Canada
Theatre
01.07.2021
Lara Foot and Handspring Puppet Company: Life & Times of Michael K
South Africa, Germany
Theatre
17.–18.06.2021
Ricardo Curaqueo Curiche: Malen
Chile
Dance
03.–04.07.2021
Penda Diouf: Pistes
Burkina Faso, France
Theatre
26.–27.06.2021
Sibylle Peters, Fundus Theater – Theatre of Research, Hamburg : Playing Up
Germany
Performance
18.–19.06.2021
Byron J. Scullin, Thomas Supple, Hannah Fox: Siren Song
Australia
Performance
17.06.–04.07.2021
Kelvinmary Ndukwe: Sisi Pelebe
Nigeria
Theatre
23.–24.06.2021
Alex Ivanovici, Annabel Soutar, Brett Watson (Porte Parole): The Assembly / Die Versammlung München
Canada, Germany
Theatre
03.–04.07.2021
Zvi Sahar, Itim Ensemble, Puppet-Cinema, Klaipėdos lėlių teatrąs: The Big Bang
Israel, Lithuania
Interactive Object Theatre
26.06.–04.07.2021
Garin Nugroho: The Planet — A Lament
Indonesia
Opera
26.–27.06.2021
Back to Back Theatre: The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes
Australia
Theatre
04.07.2021
Jetse Batelaan, Theater Artemis: The Story of the Story
Netherlands
Theatre
19.–20.06.2021
Étienne Minoungou: Traces — four monologues
Burkina Faso, Congo, Martinique, Senegal, Belgium
Theatre
17.–18.06.2021
Weltfoyer
17.06.–04.07.2021