FRATZ International is the only festival nationwide held especially for participants aged zero to six. Every two years, FRATZ hosts a selection of outstanding visiting productions from various countries in order to make these works accessible to Berlin audiences and the national children‘s theater scene in Germany and to promote international exchange. Grounded in the belief that art and culture should be available to all persons regardless of age or social or cultural origin, a core element of the festival is that the visiting productions are shown at locations dispersed throughout Berlin — in temporary venues in districts where theater productions otherwise are rare.
This year, the festival, the encounters and the symposium for theater professionals will focus specifically on the subject of contemporary dance and dance theater for the youngest.
Four international guest performances and two Berlin productions are shown at various venues throughout the city:
* BOKS (1½+) from Theater De Spiegel (BE) tells a story about searching for one another, getting to know each other and being together.
* Do-re-mi-ka-do (2+) from de Stilte (NL) shows how sounds are created and what their colour might be.
* In the interactive performance From Droplets to the Ocean (3+) by the Hiša otrok in umetnosti (SLO), the audience is invited to follow and actively shape the journey of two raindrops.
* Les Sols (1½+) is an experimental-choreographic project by shifts – art in movement (DE / FR) that tries to create a common, sensory space for the youngest and their adults.
* THE BURROW (3+) by choreographer Isabelle Schad (DE) is inspired by Kafka's story of an animal in its underground caves and passageways. For FRATZ Festival she will adept the piece for children aged 3 and up.
* fragile (3+) by Theater o.N. and Clébio Oliveira deals with age and childhood.
How do children perceive age? What images of our childhood do we have as adults? What does our body remember? When do we feel strong? When are we vulnerable? And what does our body express when we are happy or sad?
With »fragile« Theater o.N shows its first work as part of the "Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum".
The symposium in cooperation with the Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum Berlin [Dance Offensive for Young Audiences Berlin] will take place from the April 24 to 28. In workshops, inputs and discussions we want to approach questions and intersections of diversity, racism, generational justice and sustainable production.
In addition to the guest performances from five countries, the program is completed by two mobile pieces: i (0-6) by Theater o.N./Andreas Pichler is dedicated to a musical and dance investigation of human and animal development from birth to death. Verwandelt! [Transformed] (3+) by GRIPS Theater uses everyday materials to question various facets of transformation.
The FRATZ Atelier where many birds sing by and with Milla Koistinen (FI), Paul Valikoski and Ladislav Zajac focuses on the physicality and sounds of the forests and their effect on our bodies. During the festival and in several sessions with children the artistic ideas will be tested and further developed.
FRATZ International is initiated by Theater o.N.
In cooperation with GRIPS Theater Berlin and Kulturprojekte Berlin.
With kind support of blu:boks Berlin (Lichtenberg), Eastend-Berlin (Hellersdorf), Familienzentrum Adalbertstraße (Kreuzberg), Haus der Generationen (Lichtenberg), Nachbarschaftsheim Neukölln, Podewil (Mitte), Wiesenburg Halle (Wedding).
The symposium is being held in cooperation with the project »Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum Berlin«, which started in January 2020 and combines the activities of four partners in the field of dance – PURPLE International Dance Festival for Young Audiences, TANZKOMPLIZEN, Theater Strahl and Theater o.N. | www.offensive-tanz.de
Supported by the State of Berlin – Senate Department for Culture and Europe | The »Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum« by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as the State of Berlin with funds from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. | With kind support of Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture / DGCA within the framework of Objets & Marionnettes Fokus 2020.
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