How does forgetting work? In the ethnographic archive Hymn of Forgetting, Part 2, which explores the exodus and displacement of Germans after the Second World War, a descendant of displaced persons researches why this experience in his family history has not been inscribed in his memory. With the help of a song and additional audio documents, the artist traces gaps in his own biography, develops a thesis of collective strategies for forgetting from this and presents live art for the computer medium.
Dramaturgy: Felizitas Stilleke
Artistic production and press: Rat&Tat Kulturbüro
A production by Oliver Zahn. In cooperation with GIFT Gateshead. Funded by the Take Care program of the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Oliver Zahn (*1989) studied directing at the Bavarian Theater Academy. Oliver Zahn's works have been presented at important festivals in German-speaking countries (including Tanzplattform, steirischer herbst, Donaufestival, SPIELART, IMPULSE) and at major theaters (including HAU, PACT, Hellerau, Kaserne Basel, Münchner Kammerspiele) and tour worldwide.
Felizitas Stilleke is a freelance dramaturge and curator. She directs conferences such as most recently the Branchentreff 2019, takes on festival dramaturgies (Berliner Theatertreffen 2018, Impulse Theater Festival 2017 under Florian Malzacher, FAVORITEN 2014 with Johanna-Yasirra Kluhs) and travels as a production dramaturg in NRW and Berlin. Stilleke was responsible for the newcomer platform "Introducing ..." at the Performing Arts Festival Berlin in 2018 and 2019 and is a member of the board of trustees at Fonds Darstellende Künste and Kunststiftung NRW. She studied German language and literature/education in Bochum, cultural poetics in Münster, and "Expanded Curation" at DAS theatre in Amsterdam in 2018/19.