Our declared aim is to enable all young people to be enjoy and be involved in art and culture regardless of their background, and with Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
, it is a chartered right. As a cultural institution, we can only succeed in our mission by collaborating with the institution that all young people in society belong to: school. For this reason, we also offer numerous formats in the 2019/20 season, inviting teachers and pupils from all types of schools to the DT
– and not only to see productions on stage.
A new element of this collaboration starting this season is the Teachers’ Advisory Committee (Lehrer_innen Beirat)
. We are founding this body to increase collaboration between schools and the theatre and to work towards a common goal. We will organise events where we ask questions and listen, but also give impulses and open otherwise closed (rehearsal) rooms.
For our new classroom piece RAGE
, playwright and director Wilke Weermann
has been talking to young people who go out on the street to fight for their future. What makes them so angry that they are willing to put their school grades at risk? How does it feel when nobody listens to you just because you’re not of age? What does democracy mean for someone who can’t vote? And what if “Fridays for Future” is just the beginning? Based on research material and interviews with Berlin schoolchildren, we will develop a classroom piece about the political attitudes of young people in Germany and visit them in their schools. The production is being developed for the European Theatre Convention’s “Young Europe 3”
in cooperation with nine theatres in Europe. For the research stage, the Junges DT is collaborating intensively with the Weöres Sándor Színház (Szombathely) theatre in Hungary and the De Toneelmakerij (Amsterdam) in the Netherlands.