Mariupol Rhapsody

11 Questions to Ukraine I Germany
11 вопросов для Украины I Германии

„Mariupol Rhapsody“ is an international cooperation between Teatromanyia (Mariupol/Ukraine) and ogalala. The project is part of the longterm research project 11 Questions

Aktuell: Literatur Kostproben | Дегустація книжок

Literature becoming alive!

Дегустація книжок [Про героїв свого часу, частина І]

Literatur Kostproben [Helden ihrer Zeit. Teil. 1]

Live-Stream 21.3.2021

„Heroes of their Time“: literature-reading with the actors of  Teatromanyia und ogalala kreuzberg.  Live-Visualisierung: Christine Dissmann. In cooperation with Gogolfest_Lab und Open Theatre.

Дегустація книжок [про море]

Literatur Kostproben  [Über das Meer]

Live-Stream 30.1.2021

„About the Sea“: literature-reading with the actors of Teatromanyia (Mariupol).  Live-Visualisierung: Christine Dissmann (ogalala kreuzberg). Eine Kooperation mit Gogolfest_Lab und Open Theatre.

Like so many other projects, “Mariupol Rhapsody” had to be re-thought and re-invented several times during the year 2020. Originally planned as a part of the Festival of Contemporary Art Gogolfest in Mariupol in May 2020, “Mariupol Rhapsody” was threatened by closed borders and the impossibility to plan ahead. But instead of postponing the project or wandering off into the digital realm, Teatromanyia und ogalala kreuzberg sought a hybrid form of collaborating and thus overcame the physical distance as well as the language barriers.

Building Bridges in Times of Catastrophy

Call and Response: the two groups simultaneously developing material for „Mariupol Rhapsody“, each in their home cities

photos by teatromanyia, Mariupol and ogalala kreuzberg, Berlin


Cutouts of our work during summer:

scenic dialogue

Over summer the two ensembles started to work on “Mariupol Rhapsody” by giving each other scenic tasks, rehearsing them individually “in the real world” and presenting the results by short films. From this „scenic dialogue“ will emerge the structure, content and style of the future play.

The working headline „Building Bridges in Times of Catastrophy” is our narrative playground as well as guideline to action: getting into and keeping contact may have never been as challenging as in 2020.

In 2020 the overture to “Mariupol “Rhapsody”  was written – the full song will follow.

written dialogue: letters

Towards the end of 2020 the construction site of our bridge comes to a (temporary) standstill: instead of actively building, we use the time of yet another lockdown to think, to review, to reflect – and to write our thoughts to each other in real letters.

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