Topics XYZ 2017


by Meike Fechner and Eckhard Mittelstädt

Performing arts for young audiences are produced in many ways and in diverse settings. Theatre professionals simultaneously work on many different levels and address diverse audiences. However, on all these levels professional discourses exist, quality is at stake and new developments can be seen and heard. In this issue of IXYPSILONZETT – the magazine of theatre for young audiences in Germany – we want to introduce readers to projects, programmes and debates, thus contributing to the discourse of those artists who come to the ASSITEJ World Congress in Cape Town in May 2017. […] Fechner and Mittelstädt

Theatre for Social Change

Challenges for Cultural Policy through Artistic Participation

by Wolfgang Schneider and Anna Eitzeroth

"Living conditions in Hellersdorf have not improved", says Dagmar Domrös from the Theater o.N. in Berlin, "although we wanted to change the world." (Domrös 2013) When the performing arts attempt to save children and young people they are condemned to failure. But who wants what from whom here? Schneider and Eitzeroth

The culture of intercultural cooperation

Structures, processes and conditions

by Annika Hampel

At the moment cultural cooperation between the 'Global North' and the 'Global South' is being promoted in many areas. Here the aim is to have an 'eye-to-eye dialogue' and 'partnerships between equals'. Apart from the presentation of results we seldom hear about how such co-operative projects have been turned into reality. But the fact is that the experiences of those actively involved in co-operative projects can deliver the perspectives relevant to developing a new culture of co-operation in the arts. […] Hampel

The twins who should be separated

Theatre with children between arts and education

by Peter Galka

Children don’t do art, but pictures. Children are not artists and their pictures are not works of art! Is this statement a devaluation of the creativeness of children or a bold attempt to define more precisely the specific nature of art? […] Galka

"Inclusion does not mean that people somehow meet up in the middle."

Yvonne Schmidt and Mira Sack in a conversation on inclusive theater

Using selected examples of current swiss productions the two researcher from Zürich discuss in their dialogue the particular processes of interaction that distinguishes this form of theatre practice. Schmidt and Sack

Music theatre for young audiences

Current developments in Europe between tradition, contemporaneity and experiment

by Annett Israel

Almost all theatre shows include music at some time or other, whether live or recorded. Music and theatre seem indivisible. Nonetheless, European theatre traditions differentiate between 'music theatre' and 'theatre with music'. Israel

Contemporary Dance for Young Audiences in Germany

Positions, Spaces and Perspectives

by Gabi dan Droste

Contemporary dance for young audiences is a very recent phenomenon in Germany. If it was hitherto only a side issue in the performing arts, at the moment it is developing rapidly. This can be seen by the changes in the festival landscape in the last five years. [...] These events are the result of a vibrant dance scene that is pioneering the discovery of “Young Dance”. […] dan Droste

Telling fairy tales to change society

Erzählzeit: Giving access to language and culture

by Sara and Gordon Vajen

Children listen to an old fairytale every week in school, told by professionally trained storytellers. They discover and gradually become familiar with the language of fairy tales, they take pleasure in oral storytelling and delight in stories – and they realise that no matter how difficult the conflicts may be, there is always a happy ending. The described project is part of a model for cultural education intended to change life in a suburb. […] Vajen

Caught between the future and todays challenges

Thoughts on contemporary dramaturgical practice

by Grete Pagan and Henrik Adler

At the 28th Frankfurt Forum for Authors in Children's and Young people's theatre Sylvie Ebelt, dramaturg at Consol Theater Gelsenkirchen, Jörg Vorhaben, dramaturg at Staatstheater Mainz, Grete Pagan and Henrik Adler discussed theatre for young people today and the impact of current changes in society on the way they choose plays, develop topics for the stage and find collaborators for artistic experiments. The thoughtful discussion was led by the director and dramaturg Martin Apelt. […] Pagan and Adler