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Diskurs im Festivalalltag
Taking a break from the festival hubbub, artists and scholars get together for a moderated crosstalk on the ideas being discussed at the festival.

Free admission!

In cooperation with David Roesner from the University of Munich’s Institute for Theatre Studies and Centre for Advanced Studies


Sunday, 19 Feb 2023, 6 p.m.Pepsi Boston Bar at SchwuZ
Duration: ca. 90 min.
In English

What can opera learn from pop? How does a certain ‘sound’ make the artist(s) behind it immediately recognizable? Club culture and opera—can these go together? With Katja Lucker (head of Musicboard Berlin), Malonda (artist and musician) and Duška Radosavljević (author and researcher of contemporary theatre), this crosstalk session interrogates the making of music and its role on stage. From gig theatre to promenade concert, from site-specific opera to intricately orchestrated twelve-hour performance happenings, Pop&Sound looks at forms of music theatre that ask you to think with your ears!

Guests: Katja Lucker, Malonda and Duška Radosavljević. Moderated by David Roesner.


Saturday, 25 Feb 2023, 4 p.m.Pepsi Boston Bar at SchwuZ
Duration: ca. 90 min.
In English

What new horizons are pop and opera heading towards? How much old baggage must be abandoned to free up new artistic possibilities? How radical can pop actually be? In this crosstalk session, Nhlanhla Mahlangu (composer and theatre maker), Bronwyn Lace (artist and co-founder of the Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg) and Mirjam Schaub (researcher and philosopher) will talk about at how we can open up unknown realms together.

Guests: Bronwyn Lace, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Mirjam Schaub. Moderated by Julia Jordà Stoppelhaar.


Sunday, 26 Feb 2023, 6 p.m.
Miriam Makeba Hall at Berlin Global Village
Duration: ca. 90 min.
In English

Nothing seems more globally accepted than Greenwich Mean Time. Whether in South Africa, Columbia or Germany, we all structure our day accordingly. But why do our clocks tick to the tempo of Greenwich? Why do we reckon in hours, minutes and seconds? And most importantly: What are the political implications behind the ostensibly neutral use of Greenwich Mean Time? What does the clock have to do with colonisation? Aleida and Jan Assmann (a pair of cultural scholars) join activists Moor Mother and Rasheedah Philipps (a musician and an artist, comprising the Black Quantum Futurism collective) and Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung (author and critic) to take a critical look at our understanding of time and explore new, more decentralised ways of marking time.

Guests: Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann, Black Quantum Futurism, Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung. Moderated by Michael Küppers-Adebisi and Julia Jordà Stoppelhaar, conceived and organised by Tilman Hecker
In cooperation with Berlin Global Village