Remembering is Work

Part of “To Einar Schleef's 75th Birthday”

Film, Texts, Artistic Comments


German /  approx. 3 h

Picture: Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Einar-Schleef-Archiv, Nr. 599_22 ©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

“Remembering is work. What I didn’t know when I left the GDR was how big my inner baggage was and how powerful the memories, and how great the shock from the new environment, the new life circumstances,” Einar Schleef wrote in 1992 in his five-volume diaries 1953-2001, which he had already begun writing when he was nine years old, and which he continued to write over, looking back and commenting on them until his early death. These extensive diaries, a memory “from below”, in which Schleef ruthlessly interwove everyday life with history, are the main starting point for the event “Remembering is Work”, in which films will be shown, the actors Benny Claessens and Mira Partecke will read Schleef texts, and a variety of artists – Etel Adnan, Fabian Hinrichs, Luise Meier, Masha Qrella and Tatjana Turanskyj – have been invited to comment on Schleef’s work from their viewpoint in the present.

12.01., 18:00 / HAU2

Film “Im freien Fall nach oben, Regisseur Einar Schleef und das Theater heute” (1993) by Wilma Kottusch

12.01., 19:00 / HAU2

Texts by Einar Schleef read by Benny Claessens and Mira Partecke / Artistic comments by Etel Adnan, Jan Brokof, Fabian Hinrichs, Luise Meier, Masha Qrella and Tatjana Turanskyj

12.01., 23:00 / WAU

Disco with DJ Tinko Rohst (Oye Records)


The ticket includes the admission to film and reading.


  • Past
    Sat 12.1.2019, 18:00 / HAU2
    Sat 12.1.2019, 19:00 / HAU2


Production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

Film: With the kind permission of WDR mediagroup dialog GmbH.

Reading: With the kind permission of Suhrkamp Verlag AG Berlin and Rowohlt Theater Verlag.


Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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