Today, the Mellon School blog turns into a vlog which collects voices from cultural visionaries from Germany and the US as well as from our current Mellonites. Having experienced the first half of the intense Summer Session, we now ask ourselves the initial question of this year’s topic: What role can the performing arts play in a future in which migration will likely increase?
Translations: Felipe Vieira Valentim, Mellonite: “The performing arts can be: an opening to an event and a place of listening to the other, the other who arrives. It is a moment when you configure yourself as a political resistance, as a strategy or as a way of expressing what you are, what you are becoming, or what you are communicating. I understand performance as a language: A language that will express issues related to the self, to the other, to the in-between, to encounter and to hybridization. The performance tells you what you can be and not only what you are. And what you become in this process.”
Shermin Langhoff, Artistic Director of the Maxim Gorki theater: “The German theater argued from its very beginning how Germany should look like. Thus, theater provided the narrations in which the nation itself formed. Which Germany do we want? How should it look like in future? These questions are part of the latest debates. Nowadays, we should ask ourselves how a German theater can look like for this more diverse Germany and how this Germany can be positioned within Europe and the world. Our very existence as Maxim Gorki Theater, the ensemble composition, the season programming suffices to prove how productive heterogeneity, diversity can be. The path is conflictual. It is up to us to develop processes in which those conflicts can be resolved and in which the diverse viewpoints can be turned into something fruitful for our work, for the audience.”
Vlog by Lea Luka Sikau