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DIE MASCHINE IN MIR (VERSION 1.0)

The production of this new translation for the Vienna Burgtheater will premiere on New Year's Eve.
Michael Maertens in DIE MACHINE IN MIR | Foto: Ruiz Cruz
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DIE MASCHINE IN MIR (VERSION 1.0)

The rehearsals are in their final stage, the batteries of the tablet computers are being charged so that everything will be ready for the opening of DIE MASCHINE IN MIR (VERSION 1.0) at the Burgtheater on New Year’s Eve. You can already find a trailer here:

Teaser for Die Maschine in mir (Version 1.0)
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EXPLOSION at Malá Inventura Festival 2021

EXPLOSION | Foto: Vojtech Brtnicky, Alicja Hoppel
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EXPLOSION as a stream

by Alica Minar

The recording for Alica Minar’s choreography EXPLOSION (performance of 30 November 2020; 47 min) can be streamed here:

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EXPLOSION streamed on Monday

Lauri Lohi | photo: alicaminar.com
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Dearest Rage

take care of me
when I am
most lost
and weakest

fill me up
a vessel to your force
swallow me whole
own me
every fibre in my body
abandoned to you

when you spit me out
i am crushed
a lump of stinking bile
vomit in the dirt
still buzzing from the ride

for EXPLOSION

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EXPLOSION by Alica Minárová

Lauri Lohi | Foto: alicaminar.com
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VTHEA demands kill fees

In an open letter to the theatres, the German playwrights association VTheA e. V., founded in October at the Grips-Theater in Berlin, demands kill fees for all shows that were cancelled this year due to the restrictions to control the coronavirus.

The restrictions imposed to control the coronavirus lead to loss of income for theatre writers whose income heavily relies on the royalties calculated from box office proceeds. This payment structure sets the freelance artists apart from other professional staff employed by the theatres whose existence, even in the case of cancelled shows, is garanteed much more reliably through state subsidy and short labour. Since the writers are nonetheless integral parts of the theatre production, they demand to be likewise respected by means of, for example, kill fees (i. e. partial royalties).

The open letter (in German) is also available here: vthea.de

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Playwrights elsewhere: Karnataka, India (Arwind)

What do playwrights elsewhere write about?

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