At the Brandenburg Gate as part of the anniversary of German unification 2018
In 1918 two German republics were proclaimed just a few hundred metres, as the crow flies, from the Maxim Gorki Theatre and the Brandenburg Gate. The Weimar Constitution that was drafted thereafter is the predecessor of the FRG’s Grundgesetz (Basic Law), written in 1948 and adopted one year later. At the same time, it also stands as a cautionary document of democratic societies’ fragility. On 3 October 1990, the union of the two German states was officially declared, and that day has been celebrated as the Day of the Germans ever since. Now is the time, however, to accept that neither reunification nor the future of our country can remain solely a domestic issue and to show that the constitution is not a project from an ethnically homogeneous group, but rather a very diverse community of individuals.
The Polish director and re-discoverer of the choral principle Marta Górnicka previously appeared at the Gorki with the co-production Hymn to Love, as well as the video installation Konstytucia in the Third Berlin Autumn Salon in November 2017. Górnicka describes the chorus as one of the most powerful elements of the theatre. With the utmost precision she choreographs and directs a group composed of diverse individuals. The focus is on raising their voices.
On 3 October 2018, the Grundgesetz will be performed through the libretto she edited, in front of the Brandenburg Gate, with a chorus of 50 professional and non-professional actors from civil society’s many different spectra. Berlin citizens will expose the German Grundgesetz to a stress test to check the resilience of its statements in situations of crisis.
Opening of the festival
War or Peace - Crossroads of History 1918 / 2018
Grundgesetz wird gefördert von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin, der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung und der Kulturstiftung des Bundes. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH und dem RambaZamba Theater