WHAT ARE INSIGHTS?
At the centre of our INSIGHTS are encounters in the theatre and through the theatre. As a communication platform at Berliner Ensemble, we offer various formats and initiatives to give you insights into our theatre and our productions. We would like to give everyone the opportunity to experience the theatre as a place and as a medium. Berliner Ensemble is a space for encounters: encounters between stories, aesthetics, generations, viewing habits, opinions, notions, humour, biographies – in short: between people.
In our INSIGHT-formats, we give you a practical view of the special circumstances of how a theatre production is created. We would like to open up spaces for you to exchange ideas, to make or watch theatre together!
Several times a month, we hold our INSIGHTS: PRACTICE-workshops. These 90-minute workshops provide a concrete approach to the content and aesthetic principles of the production in question. You will explore questions of content and aesthetic forms, and analyse characters as well as individual aspects of the given topic. Theatre educational games and acting exercises will give you a practical access to theatre work. You will become actors for a short while, gain insights into the content and acting on stage and exchange your thoughts with us and among each other.
INSIGHTS: SPECIAL is an additional once-a-month event. With a different topical issue each month, we explore various facets of our plays and productions by meeting the people who invent and produce them. This means that dramaturgs, directors, actors, dancers, authors, make-up artists, props persons and many others will present their work – sometimes still in progress – to you and invite you to join them in their profession.
At slightly longer intervals, we invite you to be “up close and personal” to the process of developing a project. The production teams will open their doors to the visitors of Berliner Ensemble, who are invited to attend an open rehearsal.
For all those who want even more theatre experiences, we offer Theatre Weekends with two four-hour workshops which take a close look at one individual production, its content and its aesthetics. There will be an opportunity to try your hand at acting and to discuss a wide range of perspectives. Exchanging ideas and experiencing the theatre together are at the centre of these events. And on Saturday night, we will all watch the production together!
Theatre Meeting Point for Everyone
We will create a space where we can experiment together and have fun. Twice a month, we will open our work-room to everyone who is interested in trying out acting. We will look at a range of different theatre styles, we will try improvisation and focus on gestures and facial expressions, or the voice, or the text. Young or older, theatre newbies or theatre enthusiasts – everyone is welcome!
GUIDED TOURS BEHIND THE SCENES
Would you like to take a look behind the scenes of the world-famous Brecht-theatre? We offer guided tours in English at regular intervals. You can find the dates for our "Guided Tour behind the Scenes" also in our monthly programme. The tour takes approximately one hour and costs 5 Euros per person, or 3 Euro for reduced tickets. For individual group bookings, please contact us.
We would like to invite all those interested to join us on a journey of INSIGHTS into Berliner Ensemble. This invitation is for everyone: young and older, theatre enthusiasts and theatre newbies. Come and visit us. We’re looking forward to welcoming you!
GERALDINE BLOMBERG, HEAD OF THEATRE EDUCATION
MONA WAHBA, THEATRE EDUCATION
SOPHIE HEUER, FSJK
QUOTES BY PARTICIPANTS
"It’s a wonderful idea to involve the audience before the opening night.“
“I had no idea how much effort, repetition, redesigning, team work – and always keeping one’s cool – are ultimately involved in a finished performance. I’m very happy to know a little bit more about it know!”
“A big thank-you for letting us take part in the intimate act of developing the play. We were very impressed by all involved and by their interaction.”
“Getting an insight in the middle of the play’s development was quite special.”
“A ‘new door’… in my life.”
“It makes you curious!”