What stories can be told about the real lives of migrants that go beyond the worn-out integration debates and stereotyped musings on identity and belonging - and how can these stories be brought to the stage? The acclaimed Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, located in the heart of the multicultural neighborhood of Kreuzberg in Berlin, brings to New York its "post-migrant theater" with the American premieres of Ferienlager (Holiday Camp) - The 3rd Generation and Klassentreffen (Class Reunion) - The 2nd Generation.
In Ferienlager - The 3rd Generation, ten young German-Turks, born and bred in Berlin, muse on their lives and the many contradictions that define them. Eight beds are arranged on an otherwise empty stage, while two angels - one with white and the other with black wings - drift by the sleepers, arguing about whom their souls belong to. The young adults wake up and begin expressing their feelings about their place in society and the pursuit of their individual interests with a candor as liberating as it is engaging. In their hands, the stage becomes a playground for martial art freaks, wannabe singers, and misunderstood mathematical geniuses, with flashes of Bollywood and rap shows.
Klassentreffen - The 2nd Generation turns its focus on migrants who arrived in Germany together with their parents. Culled from conversations and interviews with six German Turks - including the Green party politician Özcan Mutlu and the long-standing president of the Islamic Women's Association, Emel Zeynelabidin (who, four years ago, took the radical step of taking off her headscarf) - the play is a collage of intensely personal sketches that reveal a lot about today's German-Turkish reality in Berlin. All six characters have 'made it' - although making it extends far beyond a professional career as they each learn how to find their way between two different, and sometimes contradictory, cultures.
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