HAU Hebbel am Ufer presents contemporary artistic perspectives at the cutting edge of theatre, dance and performance in its three houses, HAU1, HAU2 and HAU3 in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. In addition the programme regularly also features music, visual art and discourse. For the artistic director Annemie Vanackere, the HAU Hebbel am Ufer is "a theatre that fits the times we live in while at the same time resisting and opposing them". The artistic team searches for forms and articulations that express the radical changes in social and global political relationships through contemporary artistic practices.
Many directors and choreographers launched their international careers from HAU Hebbel am Ufer and the opposite is also true - many international artists have been introduced to the Berlin scene through the HAU. The HAU's important profile and work is internationally known and connected. Co-productions and projects from the Berlin, national and international theatre and dance scenes are developed and shown here.
HAU1, the 500-seat former Hebbel-Theater, now under preservation order, was built in 1907-8, is an early Art Nouveau work of the renowned theatre architect Oskar Kaufmann and the building that forged his reputation as a master designer of playhouses. In the second largest of the three HAU stages, HAU2 (200 seats), the legendary ensemble of the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer performed under the directorship of Peter Stein until its relocation to Lehniner Platz in 1981. HAU3 with 100 seats is the smallest of the three houses and is the ideal place for newcomers to present their innovative dance and theatre productions.