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Over two seasons, the Munich Kammerspiele become a platform for experiencing theatre and art ‘without frontiers’, addressing a group of young people from difficult backgrounds, including refugees. Participants discover new skills and opportunities in the performing arts through this constructive, cultural programme devised by theatre professionals in response to the current refugee crisis.
Founded in Munich in 1912, the Kammerspiele are one of Germany’s leading national theatres. In 2016, this innovative, cosmopolitan institution, noted for its engagement with socio-political issues, launched the Kammerklicke project targeting young people who have little or no access to cultural practice. Group members – including newly arrived refugees aged 14 to 21 – receive training in theatre skills, from performance and directing to scenography and sound, lighting and video techniques.
Guided by theatre and education professionals as well as psychologists, the twenty participants are encouraged to broaden their horizons and acquire greater self-esteem. Refugees get a chance to learn German and immerse themselves in German-speaking culture. This ambitious project transcends individual origins and trajectories to focus on a shared goal – the making of a new work for the stage, to be performed in public at the close of the 2017-18 season.
Acting is rooted in an effort of introspection, but through theatrical practice Kammerklicke’s participants work together to meet new challenges, and perhaps discover unsuspected talents – a vital aspect for the group’s members, many of whom have been uprooted or live in difficult conditions, with few prospects.
In the face of the current international crisis, the Kammerspiele are committed to welcoming and working with refugees, with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of the second edition of our H³ programme (Heart – Head – Hand).