Berlin marks one of the most important centres of contemporary music theatre internationally. In four days, BAM! presents thirteen productions of contemporary music theatre, including five world premieres, four German premieres and four Late Night Performances, in over thirty performances creating a panorama of contrasting views of contemporary music theatre. This year, the festival will cast its anchor at the Berlin Volksbühne. Acker Stadt Palast, Ballhaus Ost and St. Elisabeth Church complete the festival space as satellites.
From the Berlin music theatre scene, the programme of BAM! consists of productions and project formats by artists from different fields between music and media art, theatre, dance and performance. These include artists dealing with musical matters, i.e. the material of music and musical practice, as well as a number of performers, directors and ensembles who, from the point of view of the theatre, seek a multi-layered examination of the heritage of opera. Interdisciplinary work is at the forefront here: musicians become actors, composers become stage designers, dancers become directors.
Berlin – and beyond Berlin: In many European countries there are independent music theatre scenes, which are hardly networked with each other and differ in their formal language. Therefore, BAM! seeks an exchange with other geographical centres: This year, under the label „Berlin Meets Rotterdam“ in partnership with the Operadagen Rotterdam and with the support of dutch performing arts, three important ensembles from the Dutch music theatre scene will join the Berlin artists, supplemented by an accompanying symposium on the backgrounds of working methods, funding systems and aesthetics of the two centres Berlin and the Netherlands.
BAM! Berliner Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater
Thursday, 26th to Sunday, 29th November 2019
Volksbühne Berlin | Linienstraße 227 | 10178 Berlin
Acker Stadt Palast | Ackerstraße 169/170 | 10115 Berlin
Ballhaus Ost | Pappelallee 15 | 10437 Berlin
St. Elisabeth Kirche | Invalidenstraße 4a | 10115 Berlin