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.
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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