Spielzeit 26.08. - 09.10.

Overview of the programme

  • Creation

    Layla and Majnun

    Narrative theatre after Nizami Composition by Samir Odeh-Tamimi Text by Albert Ostermaier World premiere


    Suffocating in aid By Christoph Schlingensief World premiere


    A journey of discovery by Theatre-Rites

  • Musical theatre


    or: The Strange and Memorable Ways of Happiness A music theatre piece by Hans Werner Henze, Christian Lehnert and Michael Kerstan World premiere

  • Concert

    Amo!- I am a lover

    Four Centuries of Delirium, Exultation and Fury An evening with Philippe Jaroussky, Christina Pluhar, L’Arpeggiata and guests

    Passio – Compassio

    A musical quest in the footsteps of J.S. Bach and Sufi mysticism Concert It’s possible that not all musicians believe in God; but they all believe in Bach./ Mauricio Kagel

  • Theatre

    The Tin Drum

    By Günter Grass Adapted for the stage by Armin Petras


    A play by Wajdi Mouawad

  • Heimweh nach Zukunft

    Mad Blood

    After the film La Journée de la Jupe screenplay and director Jean-Paul Lilienfeld in a version by Nurkan Erpulat and Jens Hillje ”Fuck identity” / Grafitti

    Thou shalt …!

    The roots of the X commandments New texts – new observations – new discussions? German premiere

  • Dance

    The Defenders

    The Forsythe Company

    You’ve Changed

    German premiere

    Le Cri

    Cie. Nacera Belaza

  • Literature

    The Messenger’s Story

    Sherko Fatah reads from his new book first public reading

    West-Eastern Divan

    Love poetry of the East and the West by Hafiz, Omar Khayyam, J.W. von Goethe, Forugh Farrokhzad, Amal al-Jubouri and others

    Heaven can’t be as beautiful as this!

    Schlingensief’s dream: an opera village in Africa a benefit evening with Christoph Schlingensief performance

    Museum of Innocence

    a reading from the works of Orhan Pamuk read by André Jung introduced by Sigrid Löffler

    Far is my Prison

    a reading from the works of Assia Djebar read by Elisabeth Orth

    Ich bin der Staub, du bist die Sonne

    an evening with works by Mowlana Djalal ad-Din Rumi and Francis of Assisi with music by Olivier Messiaen and others

    Satanic Verses

    A reading from the work of Salman Rushdie

  • Rede und Antwort

    If Love Dies, I Will Die Too

    An introduction to the theatrical fable Layla and Majnun With Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Peter Rundel, Willy Decker and Albert Ostermaier Chaired by Eva-Maria Vogtländer

    Heavenly Love

    A debate about mysticism, ecstasy and gnosis With Claus-Jürgen Thornton, Gerhard Lauer, Stefan Reichmuth and others

    Peace be with You

    ZEIT Forum Kultur For a Culture of Peace With Josef Joffe, Michel Friedman, and others

    Allah’s Daughters

    Between male domination and self-determination A round table discussion with Necla Kelek, Güner Balci, Deniz Başpinar and others

  • Century of Song

    Pişman değilim (I regret nothing)

    Kilink Istanbul’da, Proudpilot & Bant, Baba Zula, Ceza feat. Ayben Presented by hosts Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke A "Century of Song" concert

    Aşk şarkilari (Love songs)

    Yakaza Ensemble, Fairuz Derinbulut, Aynur Doğan, Burhan Öçal and Istanbul Oriental Ensemble Presented by hosts Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke A "Century of Song" concert

    The Astounding Eyes of Rita

    Anouar Brahem Quartet A "Century of Song" concert

    Saints and Singers

    Von Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group, Sain Zahoor, Pappu Sain A "Century of Song" concert

    Bass meets Space

    A Dubstep Club Night A "Century of Song" concert

    Love´s Deep Ocean

    Alim & Ferghana Qasimov A "Century of Song" concert

  • Junge Triennale


    A Persian epic by Fariduddin Attar Dance theatre with young people Concept and direction Barbara Wollrath-Kramer in collaboration with Stephan Brinkmann


    Laklak – At Home in Many Worlds Children from 6 to 14 discover the diversity of Islamic cultures


    Dance academy with Pilar Buira Ferre for dream dancers aged between 5 and 10

  • Film

    Spirit of Islam

    A Ruhrtriennale film festival 17th – 19th September