The International People’s Theatre Berlin came about in the same way as INKA-Theatre itself – participants from my courses asked me to LET’S DO A WHOLE PLAY! – and we did it – we transformed William’s Midsummernight’s Dream into a contemporary ensemble piece of the expats in Berlin – partly modernized language, gays & garbage included. It was the start of the creative explosion coming from people who do things for the love of it 😉
From then on we moved on to devising methods, because I felt more related to this kind of self creations – some people, who were more into performing plays fell off the wagon and others who were drawn to this form of creating performance themselves joined.
We did a lot of different performances around a whole lot of themes that were dawn from the participants lifes. Minna Partanen joined me for some years as a teacher and director. The productions were of outstanding artistic quality and well received in the city.
The project became the heart of a lively expat community in Berlin, that not only served as a foundation for deep human connections, but also as a stepping stone for many artistic careers from here.
We decided to freeze this project at some point due to mere financial reasons – the sad but very widely spread truths in artistic work like this.
Here you can read and see more about some of the
2011 – A BERLIN MIDSUMMERNIGHT’S DREAM – Rerun
2010 – A BERLIN MIDSUMMERNIGHT’S DREAM
an excerpt of the description of our work principles:
is a theatre group that forms itself every fall anew. Berlin based people from all over the world are coming together with facilitators and directors Inka-Charlotte Palm and Minna Partanen to create a devised theatre performance and perform it for a Berlin audience. Over a period of 6 years the project has established itself as a meeting point for young and older theatre enthusiasts with more or less stage experience – but with a sense of stage presence and an openness for artistic collaborative creation and community.
We highly appreciate everyone’s contribution and make sure that everyone is heard and seen throughout the creation of the piece. The gathering of ideas is organized by the directors who structure the lessons and design a concept according to the plan. The directors take responsibility for the whole framework of the actual performance.
One of the main ingredients of the directing concept is to work with relationships. Relating, not only to your scene partners, but also to your environment on stage, your text, your own body, your props, your here-and-now. Another point in our acting concept is to choose roles/parts for the participants according to their own strengths, gifts and talents.
IPTB is an ensemble that aims at creating original theatre pieces based on co-created material. Working methods rely mainly on devising theatre, improvisation, applied theatre and creative writing. We are interested in enhancing the existing skills in the group. The approach is often autobiographical in the sense that it derives from participants’ own experiences.
The topics for performances are decided as a group process through exploring themes from all kinds of creative angles. Devising process benefits from a playful approach, allowing time to experiment with ideas first, rather than being in a hurry to fix scenes and storylines. We encourage the participants to move away from pure naturalism and to think about creating strong visual images through physical theatre.
- Cécile, France
“Participating in the group makes me so much more focused and aware of the livings around me. It brings me concentration, confidence and most of all, distance in regard to my everyday life and my work. I feel more alive each and every time I participate with the group, it brings sense and order to the world, and feeds my appetite for craziness at the same time.”
- Anshuman, India
“Participating in the International People’s Theatre Project makes me feel more in love with Berlin and its multicultural way of living, I realized that Berlin accepts everything and there is something for everyone. You are never alone.”