Sad, touching, dazzling stories told by four Koreans and a German director over the course of an evening: stories about refugee women who cannot find their feet in a foreign land, about North Korean women who have left behind and long for their children, but also about women from Germany, before the fall of the Wall and today. They have all come to the realisation that ideological walls are often more insurmountable and traumatic than physical ones.
Keine Angst vor Niemand (Afraid of Nobody)
is the motto of the 2016/2017 season at the Deutsches Theater. In uncertain times, it is an appeal to approach and talk to one another, in short, to overcome boundaries rather than create new ones. This is the idea behind our coproduction Walls – Iphigenia in Exile
. Korea and Germany have both been shaped by the experience of being internally divided, and both are strongly defined by technology and wealth, and have tendencies towards creating new boundaries to safeguard this prosperity.
What role do these "walls" play for us? Those from the past, today’s walls, those that exist on maps and those in our heads? In 1779 Goethe wrote Iphigenia in Tauris, an expression of his humanistic ideals. The dialogue in the play is idealised: Iphigenia and Thoas overcome divisive boundaries by talking and listening to one another. The "clash of civilisations" has a happy ending.
Theatre-makers and texts from Korea and Germany encounter one another "across borders" against the backdrop of Goethe’s drama, culminating in a production in two languages. Europe meets Asia; history, traditions and forms of theatre come into contact; similarities and differences are explored. Which stories preoccupy us? Which aesthetics? What role does history play in our lives? What does "reunification" mean? Why is the fear of losing something so great in both countries? Who are we shutting out – and who are we shutting in?German-Korean co-production, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. In co-prodcution with Goethe-Institute Korea, Asia Culture Institute and The Walls Committee, organised at Asia Culture Center, supported by Arts Council Korea in cooperation with Producer Group