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Jul. 1, 2014
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The international theater festival Theater der Welt is held (May 23 – June 8, 2014)
The triennial international theater festival Theater der Welt that is held on a rotating basis among the cities of Germany was held in its 13th edition this year in Mannheim, notably under the directorship of Matthias Lilienthal, former artistic director of Berlin’s HAU theaters. Performances of 35 stages from around Europe as well as Beirut, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Santiago (Chile) Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Manila, Tokyo and other capitals were held at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and six other venues around Mannheim.
The opening featured a Hamburg “Die Schutzbefohlenen” (The Wards) based on a text by Elfriede Jelinek and directed by Nicolas Stemann in a Thalia Theater, Hamburg production. It was followed by the world premier of Toshiki Okada / chelfitsch’s Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich and a co-production with Gob Squad of The Conversationalist, Philippe Quesne / arts centre CAMPO production Next Day and Markus Ohrn’s Bis zum Tod, among others.
On the dance program, Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua present CRACKz and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Boris Charmatz present Partita 2 and at the same time a dance festival titled step X (produced in collaboration with the youth department Schnawwl of the Nationaltheater Mannheim) will be held with pieces composed for children and youth.
In addition to stage works performed at theaters, there was a project that solicited dream hotel room designs titled Hotel shabbyshabby and another that combined factory tours with performances titled X Firmen among the highlights.
From Japan, in addition to chelfitsch, Gekidan Penino participated with their play Box in the Big Trunk. During the festival there was also a “performing Arts Campus” project that gathered some 180 students from around the world, and through the cooperation of Japan’s Saison Foundation, several artists were sent to participate.

Festival Outline
In English the festival’s name means theater of the world. It is organized jointly with the German centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). Since its first holding in Cologne in 1981, it has been held in a different city and with a different director each time. From 1985 to 1993 it was held in alternate years and, since 1993, once every three years. As an exception, however, in 2010 it has been held again on a biennial basis. This time, the festival was held for the first time in four years. Participating companies from Japan until now have included Shinjuku Ryozanpaku, Daisan Erotica and Ishinha, potudo-ru and faifai.
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