International Theatre Festival Berlin

What is political in the performative arts by and with persons with disabilities? The festival NO LIMITS 2017 looks for strategies which artists with disabilities can use to react to the socio-political rollback that will once again restrict spaces for diversity. Or is the fact of standing on stage as a person with a disability still so political in 2017 that any political interest beyond this shifts the artistic process into the background? On the one hand, these questions get treated in the symposium “Take Care,” which attempts to form a bridge between art and activism and to present strategies of self-care. On the other hand the invited artists are looking for ways to meet the political challenges of everyday life. In “Jeden gest” by the Nowy Teatr from Warsaw, director Wojtek Ziemilski looks into the aesthetic particularities of sign language, and four deaf women and men tell about their daily lives. In “Luegen”, a touring production of the Munich Kammerspiele, director Verena Regensburger, working with deaf actress Kassandra Wedel and hearing actress Wiebke Puls, manages to create an experimental space for what is communicated consciously and unconsciously, thereby attempting to track down how truth is constructed. In “Tender Provocations of Hope and Fear,” J&J (Jessica Huber & James Leadbitter) ask how we can establish tender connections in order to create a new kind of solidarity beyond attributions like “disabled” or “non-disabled.” “Hypergamie” by dorisdean, winner of the jury prize at the theatre festival Favoriten 2016, divides the audience into a disabled and a non-disabled wedding party – with dramatic consequences. 

The full programme until 18 November including information on all venues can be soon found here:


Presenter: Lebenshilfe gGmbH Kunst und Kultur. In collaboration with: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Theater Thikwa / F40, Ballhaus Ost, Lebenshilfe Berlin, nbw Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft. Funded by: Aktion Mensch, Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Heidehof Stiftung.