Postdramatic Theatre Worldwide


In 1999 Hans-Thies Lehmann’s ground-breaking essay Postdramatic Theatre was published, which provided an academic contextualisation – in concrete and accessible language – of the transformations underway in Western theatre since the late 1960s, of its expanded artistic means and of new approaches to the present-day in a world of rapidly shifting media and politics. The book was understood worldwide as an impetus for cultural opening. The symposium discusses the international resonance and perspectives of post-dramatic theatre in science and the arts.

With Anestis Azas, Jean-Louis Besson, Shane Boyle, Karlheinz Braun, Andrea Božić, Luciano Cáceres, Amy Chan, Betty Chen, Narges Hashempour, Günther Heeg, Frank Hentschker, Nele Hertling, Eiichirô Hirata, Henrike Iglesias, Janez Janša, Karen Jürs-Munby, Alexander Karschnia, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Yinan Li, Bettina Masuch, Mieke Matzke, Lauma Mellena, Alexandra Marinho de Oliveira, Koku G. Nonoa, Matthias Pees, Patrick Primavesi, Sérgio de Carvalho Santos, René Pollesch, Falk Richter, Octavian Saiu, Małgorzata Sugiera, Akira Takayama, Christel Weiler, Daniel Wetzel, Brandon Woolf und She She Pop.

With the kind support of the Goethe Institut.



Friday, 22 November 2019

10 am
Welcome: Nele Hertling, Hans-Thies Lehmann and Karlheinz Braun
Followed by Hans-Thies Lehmann und das postdramatische Theater
A new film (2019) by Christoph Rüter

11:30 am
Panel 1: (Un)Possible location: Postdramatic Theatre geographically & historically
With Eiichirô Hirata, Karen Jürs-Munby, Alexandra Marinho de Oliveira, Koku G. Nonoa, moderated by Patrick Primavesi

2:30 pm
Panel 2: Postdramatic Theatre in transcultural perspectives
With Sérgio de Carvalho Santos, Amy Chan, Narges Hashempour, Yinan Li, moderated by Günther Heeg

4:15 pm
Performance Lecture by Janez Janša

5:15 pm
Panel 3: Artistic positions on the post-dramatic
With Andrea Božić, Luciano Cáceres, Alexander Karschnia, René Pollesch, Falk Richter, moderated by Bettina Masuch

7:15 pm
Performance Oh My (shortened version) by Henrike Iglesias

Saturday, 23 November 2019

2 pm
Panel 4: European Resonances
With Jean-Louis Besson, Lauma Mellena, Małgorzata Sugiera, Octavian Saiu, moderated by Christel Weiler

3:30 pm
Book presentation: Postdramatic Theatre & Form
With Brandon Woolf and Shane Boyle, moderated by Frank Hentschker

4:30 pm
Panel 5: The Political in Postdramatic Practice
With Anestis Azas, Betty Chen, Mieke Matzke, Akira Takayama, Daniel Wetzel, moderated by Matthias Pees

6:15 pm
Performance by Andrea Božić and Julia Willms | TILT In collaboration with Billy Mullaney
(ends around 7 pm)

9 pm
She She Pop Kanon, at HAU Hebbel am Ufer
(as part of “Alles ist Material – 20 Jahre Postdramatisches Theater“), HAU2, Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin, tickets:


Free admission, please make a reservation:
+49 (0)30 200 57-2000

Ticket 1:
22 Nov, 10 am
Welcome / Film / Panel 1 + 2 +3 / Performance Lecture Janez Janša

Ticket 2:
22 Nov, 7:15 pm
Performance Henrike Iglesias Oh My (shortened version)

Ticket 3:
23 Nov, 2 pm
Panel 4 + 5 / Book presentation Brandon Woolf

Ticket 4:
23 Nov, 6:15 pm
Performance Andrea Božić

22 — 23 Nov 2019

22.11.: 10 am – 8 pm 
23.11.: 2 – 8 pm 

Panels, film, performances with theatre scholars and artists from 18 countries

Welcome and introduction: Nele Hertling, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Karlheinz Braun

In English and German

Free admission

Please make a reservation:

+49 (0)30 200 57-2000