In the GDR, one in four people lived in a prefabricated housing estate. And anyone who didn’t live there knew someone from the “Plattenbau”. For some, they stand for dreariness and social decline. Others defend them and with them their biographies and memories. Prefabricated housing estates are extremely widespread because of the simplicity of modular construction. They exist all over the world from Moscow to Paris to Copenhagen. Even if they were not built modularly everywhere, they look remarkably similar. Could the interchangeability and similarity of prefabricated buildings be an opportunity to rethink an East German idea of home and identity in a sustainable way? Could the way of building, often discredited as ugly, be a kind of aesthetic link between experiences in different places in the world? Could the “Plattenbau” be a gateway to the world in which it is possible to understand history as something common?
Talk: Platten Bauten Gegenwart on 04.06. 21:30, The event takes place here via Zoom.
Artistic direction, stage direction: Maximilian Hanisch
Artistic direction, set design: Sarah-Marleen Methner
Lighting design, technical direction: Thomas Giger
Sound design: Fabrizio Di Salvo
Video design: Nefeli Chrysa Avgeris
3D visualisation: Daniel Stiensmeier / PLACE Architects
Outside Eye: Jeremy Nedd
Performance: John Chan*, Aloyce Funga Funga**, Tahera Hashemi, Sasha Portyannikova***
Dramaturgy: Katharina Germo, Carsten Weber
Production management Germany: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
Production management Switzerland: Maxine Devaud / Maxinthewood Productions
Artistic collaboration: Esther Jurkiewicz
Production assistance: Charlotte Rosengarth
Urbanistic advice: Cosima Speckhardt
*Ghost and John
***Isadorino Gore Dance Cooperative
In co-production with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Kunstfest Weimar and the ROXY Birsfelden, in cooperation with the TD Berlin and the Hong Kong Arts Centre, funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the Fachausschuss Tanz & Theater BS/BL, the Ernst Göhner Stiftung, the Migros-Kulturprozent and the Goethe Institute Hong Kong.