The Exile Ensemble is a platform for professional artists who have been forced to live in exile. Since November 2016 seven actors from Syria, Palestine and Afghanistan have been working as part of this platform at the Maxim Gorki Theatre.
With the support of the Federal Cultural Foundation, the LOTTO Foundation Berlin and the Stiftung Mercator, these young performers are continuing to pursue their professions over two seasons at the Gorki: with ongoing dramaturgical support they develop projects and evenings of performance in Studio Я, appear in Gorki productions and engage with different styles of performance through master classes with renowned theatre-makers. The actors provided some initial insights into their work in their Wonderland workshop presentation on 22 December in Studio Я. Using Alice in Wonderland as a starting point, they developed scenes – together with Gorki ensemble member Thomas Wodianka – about the rules of the house in which they now have to find their way.
Winterreise (Winter Journey) رحلة الشتاء is the Exile Ensemble's first production, and was developed jointly with Gorki resident director Yael Ronen. The research project's starting point was a 14-day bus trip in January 2017 with stops in Halle, Dresden, Weimar, Munich, Zurich, Oberndorf, Neckar, Mannheim, Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Bremen. During the trip, the Exile Ensemble also met and chatted with colleagues in the respective cities' theatres. Beginning in the summer of 2017, this production will tour to these theatres accompanied by Gorki X's extensive theatre-education programme. After starting in Mannheim in June the tour will go to Zürich (from 16/Sep, several times), Munich (24/25/Oct), Bremen (31/Oct), Düsseldorf (3/4/Nov), Hamburg (27/28/Jan) and Weimar (1/Mar). It will be performed with English, German and Arabic surtitles.
World Premiere: 8 April 2017
Winterreise is a production from the Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin, in co-production with the Zurich Schauspielhaus, and funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany, the LOTTO Foundation Berlin, Stiftung Mercator and the Canton of Zurich's Lottery Fund.
The Exile Ensemble Team
Artistic Director: Ayham Majid Agha
Head of Dramaturgy: Irina Szodruch
Assistant Dramaturge: Philine Janus
Head of Production: Kathi Bonjour
The Exile Ensemble is supported with funds from the Federal Cultural Foundation, the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin and Stiftung Mercator.