Festival Theater der Welt
Düsseldorf 2021
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Thank you!

Festival Theater der Welt


On 4 July 2021 the Theater der Welt festival in Düsseldorf reached its successful conclusion. A total of 350 artists from 5 continents and from 17 countries were our guests in Düsseldorf. We were able to produce 37 theatre performances in front of a live audience. The festival presented a total of 24 outstanding international productions from 17 June to 4 July. Six of these were world premieres, they were developed as co-productions and brought together groups of artists across national and continental boundaries. These were supplemented by the daily sound performances in the city, the Weltfoyer music programme at the Festival Centre and two productions streamed live from Chile and South Africa directly to the Schauspielhaus.

We are thrilled finally to have been able to meet live after such a long period of distancing. We would like to say thank you. Thank you for being here and welcoming the guests from all around the world so warmly. Thank you to all the teams on stage, front of house and backstage for all their hard work, holding their nerve and for their scrupulous attention to the smallest details.

When asked »What do you think, why is a festival like this one important in the present situation?«, the actor, director and festival maker Étienne Minoungou said: »We had forgotten that human beings are vulnerable. Progress, science, technology, the world of finance, money … We were strong. But we are vulnerable. Theatre is the place that reminds every one of us of that. And brings us together. That’s what is so important. This is theatre: we are together. A festival like this says: we are alive.« We agree with him.

The next edition of the Theater der Welt festival will be held in Frankfurt and Offenbach am Main in 2023. We wish the festival team for the coming edition an exciting time preparing the festival and every success.

We hope to see you in the theatre again soon, wherever in the world that might be!
Stefan Schmidtke, Programme Director Theater der Welt 2021 and the Festival Team

Festival trailer

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