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Berlin Mondiale

A cooperation with the collective refugee accommodation centre Wohnheim Stallschreiberstraße

More than 400 people, among them families, have temporarily found shelter in a former retirement home in Kreuzberg’s Stallschreiberstraße. The people living here come from a great variety of countries and have vastly different personal backgrounds. And they worry, of course, about their own and their children’s uncertain future. Since the 2015/2016 season, the Wohnheim (accommodation centre) has partnered up with HAU Hebbel, as part of Berlin Mondiale. Artists and residents have worked together in an attempt to find new approaches to the ever-changing city.

For their first project in the spring of 2016, the Wohnheim and HAU Hebbel am Ufer invited the game theatre collective “machina eX”. Under the heading “Worlds of Games: Rubine, the Robot”, children ranging from ages 7 to 13 met up with professional game designers during their school holidays and developed their own games. The collaboration between the Wohnheim and HAU used artistic means to create encounters, open up new perspectives, and circumvent language barriers. Using a lot of creativity and a wide range of materials – including play dough, pipes, cable, and computers – they transformed the Houseclub studio, where HAU realizes its youth projects, into an interactive playground for robots.

In the 2016/2017 season, the collaboration was continued and further intensified: after focusing on children and teenagers in the first season, project management Julia Schreiner and her team sought to broaden their field of activity. For several weeks, artists that just recently moved to Berlin paired up with others, who have already established networks in the city and have cooperated with HAU for previous projects. Together they designed workshops for children and teenagers and exchanged personal and professional experiences regarding their work modes, production conditions, and artistic processes. This is how, throughout the season, they brought various forms and formats of Berlin stories to life: dramaturges like Bodgan Georgescu and Bassam Dawood used auditive techniques to design radio plays together with teenagers. Stage designer Valerie von Stillfried and architect Alaa Tellawy took a look at Berlin’s cityscape and created collages by staging the residents of the Wohnheim at central places within the city using photographic montage techniques. An exhibition of their works is still up at the Wohnheim, and was also presented as part of “24 Stunden Neukölln”. Franziska Seeberg, whom the HAU audience knows through her previous involvement in Houseclub productions, met with Reham Kassar to conceptualize a week of theatre workshop during the Easter school break. And Veit Sprenger, founding member of the performance collective Showcase Beat Le Mot, collaborated with cultural manager Razan Nassreddine and musician Jean-Baptiste Moussarie to design a model city together with the young residents at Stallschreiberstraße.

The cooperation will be continued throughout the season of 2017/2018. In a next step, the participating artists will collectively work with the families living at Stallschreiberstraße in order to formulate questions that currently move the city of Berlin and the people living in the Wohnheim.
The project “Berlin Mondiale“ is supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senatorial Office - Cultural Affairs, as part of the master plan integration and security

Radio workshop

As part of the Mondiale we have invited various artists to work with new Berlin colleagues to offer workshops for the residents of our housing partner. In the first round, Bogdan Georgescu and Bassam Dawood will create short radio features with children and young people, which will now publish here weekly.

Berlin collages workshop