New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany


A theatre project about Chekhov, Berlin and Waiting In English

Astrov, Konstantin, Sonya, Masha, Nina and Andrej yearn for a better life. The Chekhov characters attempt to express their inner hopes and dreams, but are crippled by their relationship to the past, present and future. In a space of isolation and suspense, they are unable to move. They wait.

ANDREJ: Oh, what has become of my past and where is it? I used to be young, happy, clever, I used to be able to think and frame clever ideas, the present and the future seemed to me full of hope. Why do we, almost before we have begun to live, become gray, dull, uninteresting, lazy apathetic, useless, unhappy?

For one month students  from  Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School (Wellington, New Zealand) and drama school Ernst Busch (Berlin)  will work together with Berlin-based theatre makers Willem Wassenaar and Thomas Press.  TRANSISTOR COLLECTIVE researches the plays Three Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov and the act of waiting in the urban landscape of Berlin. They are interested to find performance styles of these classic works in a contemporary and postdramatic context using surreal experiences of time and space. The project results in various presentations at Kunstquartier Bethanien in Kreuzberg, a home in Spandau, and the  Blackbox Theatre Brotfabrik in Prenzlauerberg.

TRANSISTOR COLLECTIVE IS Tai Berdinner Blades, Holly Chappell, Ben Crawford, Thomas Eason, Jaci Gwaliasi, Andrew Paterson, Thomas Press, Runa Schaefer, Florian Steffens, Willem Wassenaar

Public showings:
Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2 (main entrance), Kreuzberg. Studio 2. Friday 30 December 8pm. Donation after the show.
Brotfabrik, Caligariplatz 1, Prenzlauerberg. Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 January, 8pm. 10 Euro / 7 Euro. Bookings:

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