Culture

‘Kindertheaterreihe’ Theater for children in two languages

The Schatzinsel Circus host a series of performances for children until November in both the German and Spanish languages

October 19th, 2016
Irene Escacena, Berlin Global
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The V Edition of the festival Kindertheaterreihe started on the 29th of September and will be offering shows for children and their families until the 24th of November. The pieces will be represented in German and Spanish and will bring people from both nationalities together in an attempt of merging both cultures on the stage.

It was in 2012 when five different Spanish theater companies came together with the ambition of offering bilingual theater in the city of Berlin. Five years later the project continues, however, this time the location has changed and the representations have moved from Hoftheater Kreuzberg to the Schatzinsel circus tent in Kreuzberg.

The project is supported by the Spanish Embassy in Berlin and the Instituto Cervantes as well as by the Mikita kinder garden and the Kulturamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. In addition, the project still needs the support of the public who should contribute with 5€ at the entrance and thus enable this beautiful idea to continue.

The different theater pieces merge theater and circus with dance, clown and physical performances in such an accessible manner for families all over the city. Children thus get fascinated by adventures and mysteries featured by characters, which vary from pirates to animals and even clothes who are given voices and personalities.

The topics also vary from one piece to another, some of them talk about friendship while others, for example, introduce the idea of fundamental rights in a funny way that children can understand. This is the case of “The Pigs will remain!” a piece which uses the traditional story of the Three Little Pigs to explain the importance of the right of housing, a right which appears both in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the Spanish Constitution but that is so often unfortunately violated.

All the performances will be presented in kindergardens and schools both in Spanish (on Wednesdays) and German (on Thursdays). On Sundays, and depending on the public, the organizers will choose between one of these languages or some shows will be bilingual.

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