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Who wants to have a baby and should not? And who doesn't want to have babies, but should? In an entertaining birth preparation course, performers of Theater Thikwa and the feminist collective hannsjana negotiate the big political questions that are addressed to their bellies every day. For example, what goes in: beer, cake, or children – and what is allowed to come out. In a humorous stage show, the performers in "Bauchgefühl" take responsibility for themselves and others, develop new forms of reproduction, parenthood and care – or consciously decide against sharing their bodies and attention with anyone.
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The Nutcracker (the ballet) is already sold out? Offer your family the inexpensive alternative! We have Tchaikovsky in a can, and a frozen pizza (with hidden sugar) is dancing instead of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In the Queen's cooking show, you learn how to open bags of sour gum or unwrap candy bars. If only there weren't the mice, they eat everything! Soon we'll get to the point that the king himself has to go to the kiosk...
Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's fairytale within a fairytale (which tells how the Nutcracker became the Nutcracker), we are taking a look at the role sugar plays in all of our lives, how it shapes our society, how it is currently produced and how it used to be produced as well as how it reflects class relations.
Club Thikwa – Invent Me
In our first play "Invent Me", Club Thikwa researches artificial intelligence: How does AI shift our understanding of reality and realism? What truth will humans identify with in the future and what will still make us seem human then?The boundary between human and machine is becoming increasingly blurred: AI makes us fall in love, frightens us, makes us rebellious, dependent, lonely and fascinates us at the same time. In "Invent Me" we play with this ambivalence.Performers aged between 8 and 80, with and without disabilities and with different stage experiences, have formed the new Club Thikwa ensemble since February 2023.
Dance Loves Music Loves Dance
Five members of the Thikwa ensemble each choreograph a piece for an external guest dance along the text line of a well-known song. And then? The quiz show begins! Fueled by the music of DJ Grace Kelly and charmingly accompanied by moderators, the audience has to vote to decide on the right music for the movement of the dance pieces. DANCE LOVES MUSIC LOVES DANCE is an excursion to the mainstream and, at the same time, a change of perspective and an interaction on multiple levels. It is about ever new encounters between the artists and the audience and the boundless desire to play. An evening in a community that is looking for the things that make it happy. With music and dance.
100 years Joseph Beuys: What would be when he would have been a woman? Or without a gender? Women’s voices, men’s voices. Women’s art? Men’s art? Or art and a snail voice? How many pockets Beuys's vest had? What's in Joseph's pocket? Memories, secrets, and clues of provocation? Or conversation/communication for heating each other?
As part of the model project "Konzert für alle" ("Concert for everyone"), Thikwa meets the Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin. In Richard Strauss' "fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character", the Thikwa performers act in front of, behind and with the orchestra. With large dance scenes, we swirl the adventures of the knight into a sad figure and ask about the boundaries between madness and reason. A fantastic ride through the worlds of a system buster.
This dance performance illustrates the development of the human body from a single cell through to its ultimate form and focuses on the body in its physicality, complete with all of its strengths and weaknesses. No body is perfect. There is no absolute symmetry, no objective standard. All the same, human beings strive for precisely this; society wants perfection and optimization instead of accepting differences. Extremities is declaration of war using the tools of dance against conformity and superficial ideals that is as visually stunning as it is intimate.
face to face – Gegensätze
Five times two performers, each group performing for 15 minutes – it all adds up to a very colourful evening. Crisply brief and full of surprises. This is how the Thikwa series face to face works. The theme for this first round of encounters is “contrasts”. An open-air theatre series in the courtyard of the Bockbrauerei located at Fidicinstraße 3. Please note the information on ticket sales and safety regulations.
face to face – Resonanzen
After the successful start last season, face to face is entering its second round! The principle is based on one to one encounters without the involvement of a director - these are short performance sketches and each scene is about 15 minutes long. Five performances with two performers each, one of them a member of the Thikwa ensemble and the other external, who come together and present their joint consideration of the topic of resonances. Thrown together quickly and stitched together, this is a very diverse evening of work.
Hausgemacht – Back to the 90s
In our new series HAUSGEMACHT (homemade), everything is self made: the topic, the casting, the direction - people from the Thikwa ensemble are responsible for everything that makes up an evening theater from the initial idea all the way to the premiere.
INTERPLAY – THIKWA and GRIPS
As part of "pik", the programme for inclusive art practice of the German Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Theater Thikwa and the children's and youth theatre GRIPS are coming together to work together artistically and learn from each other. More information coming soon!
LEAP … into the Unknown
Is a plate really just a plate? A dinner party dreams of the leap that makes the impossible possible. The dinner runs into difficulties, the plates really aren’t just plates, but instead a landscape of objects that constantly change and must always be reinterpreted. In their movement, the objects and performers come together to create fantastic images. Let´s jump! Like in a completely new type of circus. But be careful - the objects are fragile and dangerous! Without paying careful attention, everything can end up broken. There is a lot at stake: the shared dream of flying, the dream of daring a new world together - it’s nothing less than that. LEAP ... into the Unknown is just that, the leap into the unknown that is necessary for daring to try to something new.
In a performance somewhere between a realpolitik press conference and a private exercise of power, they encounter the first female German Chancellor as a representative of her ideals, desires and decisions. None of the performers voted for Angela Merkel.
Pure Improv – THIKWA meets GORILLAS
The Thikwa performers continue to learn and put out feelers to explore acting, dance and music in their full range. In 2021, they met the GORILLAS, one of the most successful improv groups in Germany. A joint workshop week gave rise to the desire to continue improvising together and also to share the stage from time to time. Finally, the time has come and we present "Impro Pur", an evening of encounter. Immediate. Surprising. Lively. And always unique.
ReTold – Nach:Erzählt 2022
How about winning and losing? And with the things in life in general? Theater Thikwa interviewed Berlin athletes from the Special Olympics. Their stories were the source of inspiration for a colorful mix of scenes. A fast-paced mix of short performances and dance acts can be seen several times a day in front of the Thikwa containers located at the Rathauspassagen – topped by fat beatbox music.
ReTold – Nach:Erzählt
From Hamburg to the Allgäu – trips across Germany to athletes of the Special Olympics were the starting point. The conversations we had with them are our source of inspiration. Short performances, dance acts, rap and beatbox around sports and life, knitted together to a fast-paced revue, will be Thikwa's contribution to the Special Olympics World Games. A varied spectacle in two parts at our theater.
Parallel to this, daily for the guests from all over the world: Short shows in front of the Thikwa containers at the Special Olympics Festival at Neptunbrunnen at Alexanderplatz.
Our film about the Special Olympics, "Erzähl mal! – Eine Interviewreise durch Deutschland", can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.
ReTold – Nach:Erzählt (Short Performances)
What's the story with winning and losing? And with the things of existence in general? Theater Thikwa has interviewed Special Olympics athletes all over Germany. Their stories are the source of inspiration for a colourful mix of scenes. Several times a day, in front of the Thikwa containers at Neptunbrunnen, we present a fast-paced mix of short performances, music and dance acts all about sport and life. Free of charge and outside - and with beatbox music on top. Parallel to the great revue at Thikwa Theatre.
Our film about the Special Olympics, "Erzähl mal! – Eine Interviewreise durch Deutschland", can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.
How is it possible to reach an understanding when one person blusters and swaggers, the other person can hardly intervene in a comprehensible manner, a third person claims to understand everything, a fourth person rushes in to help using sign language and a fifth person translates everything into dance? A hopeless mishmash of languages like the Tower of Babel? A hilariously funny look at trying out all the options of (mis)understanding? Or a conciliatory coming together of different techniques of reaching an understanding? Factual, post-factual or as fake news – Thikwa sets off into perceived realities. An encounter of translators, interpreters and know-it-alls with people who speak using body language and sounds.
So why – Suchen nach Siegfried
How does it work with sword and blood, with heroism and murder, with love and betrayal when you are young, blonde and courageous, but also really stupid? Siegfried - a fearless superzero, so-to-speak. But a very sweet one. What is a hero? More than a stunt? Or is it all just Tarzan? The beautiful Siggi is someone that others control through her greed. Profit-oriented, a perfect capitalist. And let’s swap out genteel with “friendly enemy”. We are searching for Siegfried. We are remastering Wagner music with new texts and samples. We are asking whether murder has to be part of the principle of masculinity. And what is it like if you first notice far to late, or not at all, that you’re being used? If you end up being stuck in a black hole that you can never get out of? A piece from a time where you are black-and-white.
Subway to heaven
A childhood in the broom closet… but I don’t feel any compassion for that now! Said Martin Holzapfel to Torsten Clausen. Or something like that. Is the greatest utopia a world connected by subways? Where they maybe only play Berlin songs? Or are we talking about the profession of the actor while rolling our eyes? And what is actually the difference between plastic and plastic, that is, art and artifice?
Tanzabend 5 – Glück
Fast and furious, breathtaking, intense. But also painful and filled with love - in dialogue with other people. You burn and ask yourself at some point: and now?
Who takes what, and against what, and for what? If there was a pill against corona, we would take it. We take things all the time. For and against, to get better, to live better, to keep on living. There are pills like a dime a dozen and everywhere. In the supermarket, on the internet, in drugstores and pharmacies. They are taken prophylactically, acutely or continuously. Before eating, after eating, one to three times a day, after waking up or before going to bed, with or without liquid. A play development with songs about dependencies, conveniences and inconveniences, with texts by the performers, written and set to music by Susanne Betancor and staged by Antje Siebers.
TROTZ DEM HÖLDERLIN!
Who was Hölderlin? An underappreciated poet who described the world from his small tower room?
A package is delivered. The contents: body parts that definitely go together, but that don’t function as a whole. A figure of human size stands at the center of the performance. If it is guided, it achieves a personality. If it is studied, an alienation occurs that leads to new abilities. As an object, it provides a metaphorical project surface that invites the viewer to impartial investigation. This can be disturbing, it can lead to unusual situations that cross borders, but also bring new, changeable options into the game. Can we use defects as inspiration for unconventional solutions? Can we bypass defects through cooperations and develop unusual living and coping strategies? A performative encounter of objects and performers with unspoken agreements, cascades of words, the shifting of boundaries and unique rescue maneuvers, accompanied by living jazz singing.
It really isn’t easy being in a body that say “yes”, but also “maybe” at the same time. Vertigo means dizziness - the uncertain ground you end up stumbling all over when you try to relate to others. In Vertigo, people who are purported to be autistic describe themselves and their options for expression. An examination of inner spaces and their periphery with a rap in between, with dance and beat boxing or a manga superhero. The myth of autism: while YOU stare at what is wrong with us, we look to see what is different about THEM. A seriously relaxed breakbeat oratorio of existence.
Eight performers research the sustainability of idols and role models and give us an individual insight into their respective desires and dreamscapes. During the search for very important people, as well as very unimportant people, the idols are outed, updated, ripped apart and let loose against each other. They confront each other and the audience humorously and mercilessly with the utopia of an optimal human being and thus reveal the highly controversial ideas of the ideals and desires for societal acceptance. And, in the background, perhaps the avatars of Elton John, Lady Di, Bud Spencer, PJ Harvey, Michael Schumacher, Otto Waalkes, Angela Merkel, Rune Jarstein or Udo Jürgens might pop up as well.
Wir trauern um Dominik Bender
Wir trauern um Dominik Bender. Wir sind tief bestürzt über den Tod unseres geschätzten Kollegen und Freundes, der über so viele Jahre Theater Thikwa als Regisseur, Schauspieler und Trainer begleitet hat. Bis zuletzt hat er trotz schwerer Erkrankung mit aller Kraft versucht, Produktionen zu erarbeiten, Vorstellungen zu besuchen und Trainings bei Thikwa zu halten.
Der Mitbegründer des "Theater zum westlichen Stadthirschen" arbeitete fast 20 Jahre mit Theater Thikwa als Schauspieler und Regisseur zusammen - mit skurriler Wortakrobatik und seinem Interesse an persönlichen Geschichten, kollaborierend und verbündet mit den Thikwa-Performer*innen, erfand er neue Formen des Umgangs mit Sprache und Biografie. Zahlreiche herausragende Arbeiten sind mit dem Ensemble entstanden - "Maison de Santé", "Kafka am Sprachrand", "Protokoll Pankow", "Schillers Schreibtisch", um nur einige zu nennen - und wurden auf zahlreiche renommierte Festivals nach Zürich, Berlin oder München eingeladen. Theater Thikwa ist auch dank seiner Ideen, Impulse und Arbeit so weit gekommen.
Jetzt ist Dominik nicht mehr da - er wird uns fehlen, wir werden ihn sehr vermissen, und gleichzeitig wird er unvergesslich, uns immer in Erinnerung bleiben als einfühlsamer, ehrlicher, kluger und unendlich loyaler Mensch und Künstler, der unseren Ensemblemitgliedern mit Empathie, Zuneigung, Liebe begegnete.
Applause is the daily bread of the artist who lives on fame and the love of the audience. But what happens when this love is bought? When the audience prostitutes itself? Doesn’t that make the work of the performers (or johns) meaningless? In the end, is it a win-win situation or the end of the free expression of opinion? As long as the barter makes sense for both sides, there is no loser. More is more.The performance collective Monster Truck sets out together with the Thikwa performer Addas Ahmad to examine applause, the manipulation of opinions and the infamous 15 minutes of fame. Again and again and again.