The International People’s Theatre Berlin
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 4 years now 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.
The building blocks of the 8 month-project:
- acting training and ensemble building
- getting familiar with the aesthetics of several devised theatre techniques
- training up devised methods for co-creating scenes and choreographies
- deciding on a theme to explore
- constructing material in form of scenes, movement sequences and pictures on stage
- forming a piece of ensemble theatre and intensive rehearsals
- public performances in a Berlin theatre
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.
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 designs 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 for the participants according to their own strengths, gifts and talents.
Becoming a member
To become a member of the IPTB you have to pass an audition and an interview unless you have participated in a theatre workshop with one of the directors or worked with us beforehand The decisions are made by the directors of the IPTB. The plan is to continue to work on one project a year. Members should be able to commit for the whole process of one project
The participation requires a monthly fee. We are also offering reductions for people who cannot afford the lowest monthly fee in exchange for your skills – e.g. film editing, costume design, graphic design or anything that you think might be useful in terms of supporting the project.