Iphigenia, King's Child

by Pauline Mol | translated from the Dutch by Monika The
puppet theatre for 10 year olds and older
Director: Matthias Thieme
Stage design and costumes: Mila van Daag
Puppets and Masks: Kathrin Sellin
Composition stage music and sound production: Kinbom & Kessner
Video projections: Felix Bauer
Make-up: Nadine Wottke
Cast: Anna Fülle, Melissa Stock (Student of Contemporary Puppetry at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts, Berlin), Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther
Premiere: 13 October, 2023, at 7.30 p.m.

A Greek classic, told for children

The Greeks are moored with their ships in Aulis in order to got to war against the Trojans. But without wind the men cannot sail. The oracle prophesies something terrible: King Agamemnon must sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia, then the goddess Artemis will send the desired wind. Finding an excuse, the father and supreme commander of the army summon Iphigenia to the Greek camp.

Pauline Mol's play is based on the story of Iphigenia, which the Greek poet Euripides (480-406 BC) describes in his tragedy. This Dutch author reworks the ancient myth for children in a modern, clear theatre version told from the perspective of a child who gets caught between the warring fronts.

 

Performance Rights: Verlag der Autoren, Frankfurt am Main

Fiete and the Sea

based on an idea by Melissa Stock
puppet theatre for 6 year olds and older | duration: 45 minutes
Devising: Melissa Stock and Tomas Mielentz
Director: Tomas Mielentz
Stage design, costume and puppets: Kathrin Sellin
Music and sound: Andres Böhmer
Make-up: Nadine Wottke
Cast: Melissa Stock (Student of Contemporary Puppetry at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts, Berlin)
Premiere: 1 December 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

An adventurous journey over the ocean

Fiete lives happily and contentedly alone on his little island in the sea. Everything has its own place here: the waves come and go, the flashing lighthouse shows the ships the way, and from its top Fiete can look far and wide into the world and watch the fish. Then one day, nothing is the same anymore. The sea changes, the water rises higher and higher and swallows up everything around it. Even Fiete's island. When the top of the lighthouse starts to disappear beneath the waves, Fiete has to leave his home. And thus, he starts on a journey over the vast ocean, which is no longer as calm as it used to be. He searches among lost whales, ghost nets and useless carpets for a place where he can stay and find a new home.

The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces

based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
puppet theatre for 12 year olds and older
Director: Christian Georg Fuchs
Stage design and costumes of the actresses: Gisa Kuhn
Puppets: Carsten Bürger
Choreographic collaboration: Daniela Backhaus
Make-up: Nadine Wottke
Cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Melissa Stock (Student of Contemporary Puppetry at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts), Karoline Vogel
Premiere: 23 February, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.

Twelve fairy tale secrets behind a closed door

What is the secret of the dancing that happens every night? Loud music and merry laughter come from the daughters' bedroom, but they won't let anyone in. The king commissions three noble man to find an answer. And indeed, the door opens twelve times for them, and the twelve daughters present themselves. Each one different, each one mysterious. Each with her own music and her own dance. Together, the twelve entwine their audience in ever more diverse dances…

The Brothers Grimm fairy tale about looking for and finding one's own way of moving, unfolds a panorama of distinct types of puppets and different dances from all over the world.

Pretty Lola, Pleasant Liesel

by Heinrich Thies | stage adaptation by Kristine Stahl and Susanne Koschig
puppet theatre for 16 year olds and older
Director, stage and costume design: Kristine Stahl
Puppets: Kathrin Sellin
Objects and props: Nadine Wottke
Musical rehearsal and recording: Yulia Martynova
Make-up: Nadine Wottke
Cast: Karoline Vogel, Heinrich Bennke, Tomas Mielentz, Martin Vogel
Premiere: 12 April, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.

The story of two very different sisters

At the beginning of May 1945 an American soldier arrives in Germany with the allied troops. She is returning to her homeland, which she had left fifteen years earlier and since then has never set foot in again. The famous Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich is looking for her sister Liesel. The trail leads to the cinema of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Two very different sisters, two paths in life that separate and cross again and are linked by film in a very special way.

We would like to thank Silke Ronneburg from "Deutsche Kinemathek - Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin" and lawyer Frieder Roth from "Die Marlene Dietrich Collection GmbH" in Munich for their support.

Performance rights: Hartmann & Stauffacher Verlag, Köln

The Hare and the Hedgehog

based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
puppet theatre for 3 year olds and older
Director: Matthias Thieme
Stage design, costumes and puppets: Nadine Wottke
Premiere: 25 May, 2024, at 3 p.m.

I'm here already!

The hedgehog challenges the hare to a race. The hedgehog? With his short legs? Yes, the hedgehog! Because the hare, such a show-off, was laughing at him. Just because of his short legs. And now the hare has even more to laugh at. A race. Against him, the swift hare, who with his long legs only needs a few quick steps to reach his goal. Quickly and in no time at all he is there. The hedgehog doesn't stand a chance. But the hedgehog is smarter than the hare thinks. He can only succeed in winning the race by using a trick.

A play for all children and grown-ups that shows how wit and cleverness can help you overcome the show-offs and those who think they are better.