New contemporary theatre from Greece
From 3 to 6 May, the theatre festival "New Greek Wave" is taking place in Bremen, Germany. The three-day festival aims to promote exchange between Greek and German theatre artists, serve as a discussion forum and offer educational workshops to young people.
In recent years, more and more hybrid, post-dramatic formats have emerged in Greece. In addition, current issues are increasingly the focus of theatre, such as the country’s growing xenophobia. According to the German Federal Cultural Foundation, these changes are being driven by economic constraints in the Greek cultural scene. As a result, artists are forced to find alternative venues and seize opportunities to explore new artistic positions.
An important dialogue and cooperation partner for the festival is the Experimental Stage 1 at the National Theatre of Greece in Athens, established in October 2016 as a venue for unconventional theatre experiments. Two Greek directors have developed performances for presentation in public spaces in Bremen. In addition, Theatre Bremen is hosting an installation that highlights the German view of Greece.