Young Europe Blog: Eine Rückschau auf vier Tage Young Europe Festival

Der Vorhang zu

von Hannah Eßler

Berlin, 17. Mai 2013. Es ist kurz nach zwei Uhr morgens. Haltestelle Frankfurter Tor. Die Straßenbahn kommt nicht. Nachtbus verspätet, Anschluss verpasst, nächste Verbindung in 30 Minuten. Zeit, um die letzten Tage einmal Revue passieren zu lassen. Das Young Europe Festival 2 ist mit der letzten Vorstellung von Eg - Ick, Ich, I und einer abschließenden Gesprächsrunde zu Ende gegangen. Wir Blogger haben unser Übergangsbüro geräumt, eine Gruppe nach der anderen verabschiedete sich, zum Schluss liegt der Hof der Parkaue etwas verlassen dar. Vorbei. Was habe ich mitgenommen von dieser eindrucksreichen Woche? Sieben Bleistifte, sechs eingerissene Theaterkarten, fünf vierfach überarbeitete Artikel, einen Mix aus drei Sprachen im Kopf, gefühlte zwei Wochen Schlafdefizit und unzählige Bilder und Eindrücke. Was habe ich gelernt? Eine chronologische  Zusammenfassung:

Young Europe Blog: Kali-Kantzar and Co. - The Cyprus Theatre Organisation in Nicosia prooves a lucky hand with their goblin musical

Unexpected relatives

by Alissa Rubinstein

Berlin, May 16th 2013. I have a confession to make. A couple days ago, I wouldn’t have been able to find Cyprus on a map. But now I know! It’s right here!

In fact, I know lots of things now that I didn’t know before (sorry, I couldn’t help myself… the American theater nerd and her musicals…), such as, 1) Cypriot Greek, in addition to being very different from Modern Greek, lends itself hilariously well to rap, which itself has recently been making quite the name for itself in musicals-land, to the American musical, 2) the overbearing stage mother is truly a universal musical theater character, and 3) you don’t need all sorts of fancy 21st century multimedia magic to create a truly magical, important 21st century theatrical experience that manages to riff on the current financial crisis and the power of the imagination in the same hour.

Young Europe Blog: Palinkantzaroi - Miskolci Nemzeti Szìnhàz puts goblins into a classroom

Bloodbrothers

by Alissa Rubinstein

Berlin, May 14th 2013. "Palinkantzaroi" is a musical that takes place in a high school classroom in Hungary – Hungary’s answer to High School Musical, perhaps? But no… this was definitely no happy-go-lucky Disney TV movie. In fact, I knew going into the performance that the collaboration between the two theaters – the Miskolci Nemzeti Szìnhàz (Hungary) and the Cyprus Theatre Organisation – had hit some major turbulence before the two theaters ultimately decided to part ways and develop two separate plays. The Cypriots had suggested the original idea of creating a musical involving the kalinkantzaroi, mythological Cypriot goblins, and, although Hungarian director Artur Szöcs confessed after yesterday's performance to not being much of a musical fan, he went along with the idea anyway, even after communication between the two theaters broke down. Despite the best efforts of an enthusiastic cast, the Hungarian creative team's struggles with the form, plot and meaning of their play were clear from beginning to end.