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The Theatre of the Young World is Germany´s oldest and one of the most renowned professional theatre for young audiences. Referring to its 70th birthday we warmly invite international experts of TYA to our grand showcase and informal Get-Together »CROSSING BORDERS« lasting from January 25 to 30, 2017.

Besides of several performance visits, which also contain one puppet theatre productions of another Saxon theatre, we would like to discuss ways of organizational and aesthetic exchange of experiences. Our program includes several events for networking and cultural sightseeing in Leipzig.
Every participating colleague is kindly asked to present his/her own work via »short-cut-DVD«. All these impressions will also be shown on several monitors during the event.

The participation, food and accommodation is free of charge but flights have to be provided by the respective guest or his/her institution.

The circle of participators is open to all people working in the field of TYA, like artistic directors, stage designers, producers and heads of administrations.
The Theatre of the Young World can exclusively assume only the costs for one person per town/theatre; but surely a second person can be also host at an affordable price.

Because of limited capacity we kindly ask for your response until December 22, 2016.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Theatre of the Young World.

Best wishes,

Jürgen Zielinski, Artistic Director

The Theatre of the Young World (TYW) was founded as the first professional theatre for young audiences in Germany in 1946. Jürgen Zielinski, Artistic Director since 2002, states that “theatre for young audiences should always include an aspect of hope. In any case, children and young people can be entrusted with all aspects that constitute social reality.” The theatre program includes plays for young people from 2–15 years; the weekend family program; student clubs; and a diverse evening program. More than 30 plays, music and dance productions of our repertoire are performed in three different venues and a mobile theatre bus. Since 2002 the TYW has taken part in numerous national and international festivals and won several awards like the »Theatre Award of the German Government« and the »Saxon Prize for Democracy«.


Preliminary program

Wed, January 25

6 PM                 Opening

7.30 PM            DER STURM – LOST IN THE GAME* (The Tempest – Lost in the Game)

                        A classic meets virtual reality of computer games. Based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and interviews with computer game addicted youth. (14+/ Big Stage)

Thu, January 26

10 AM              DER BÄR, DER NICHT DA WAR* (The Bear who wasn´t There)

                        A bear has a special hobby: Asking philosophical questions. Based on the children’s book by Israeli writer Oren Lavie. (4+/ Small Stage)

11.30 AM          DIE GROSSE WÖRTERFABRIK* (The Big Word Factory)

Puppet theatre based on the French children’s book by Agnès de Lestrade and Valeria Docampo: What world would we live in when words cost money? (5+/ Stage Etage Eins)

2-5 PM             Net-working Discussion // Topic: International Cooperation (details coming soon)

7.30 PM            KIWI*

Poetic play for youth by French writer Daniel Danis about a girl who grows up in a slum. (13+/ LOFFT-Stage)

Fri, January 27

10 AM              RINNZEKETE*

Sound-poetical object theatre for children and grown-ups based on Kurt Schwitters´ URSONATA (4+/ LOFFT-Stage)

12-4 PM            Net-working Event // Topic: Beyond Language (details coming soon)

4.30-7 pm         Leisure Time

7.30 pm            TITUS*

Dark and ironic coming-of-age-story by Dutch playwright Jan Sobrie (12+/ Big Stage)

Sat, January 28

11 am-4pm       Net-working Workshop // Topic: International Funding

                        (lunch included, details coming soon)

5 pm                DAS WINTERMÄRCHEN* (The Winter´s Tale)

About two kings, jealousy, one lost child and a great wonder based on Shakespeare and German writer Franz Fühmann (6+/ Big Stage).

Evening             Visit of a cultural institution in Leipzig

Sun, January 29

11 AM               GINPUIN. AUF DER SUCHE NACH DEM GROSSEN GLÜCK* (GINPUIN. Searching for the Great Happiness.) by Winnie Karnofka. A funny, touching story about a special penguin and the hard but enriching experience of being different. Inspired by the children’s book by Barbara van den Speulhof und Henrike Wilson. Nominated for the German Theatre Award DER FAUST 2015. (5+/ Small Stage)

12.30-3 PM       Lunch

4 PM                 DIE GOLDENE GANS (Puppet Theatre Chemnitz) (The Golden Goose)

                        By Peter Brasch, based on the fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers (6+).

Evening            Visit of a cultural institution in Leipzig

Mon, January 30

10 AM              FISCHE & SÜSSER BREI* (Fish & Sweet Pap)

                               A sonorous theatre experience for the youngest. Concept by Ines Müller-Braunschweig. (2+/ Stage Etage Eins)

11-1 AM           Final discussion

*Including feedback-discussion


Josepha Maschke

Assistentin des Intendanten

Theater der Jungen Welt | Eigenbetrieb der Stadt Leipzig

Lindenauer Markt 21 | 04177 Leipzig

Fon 0341. 486 60-13 | Fax 0341. 477 29 94 und
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