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Goethe Institute Collaboration in London with LIFT 2014

June 18th, 2014
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News from Berlin - In commemoration of the 100-annivarsary of WWI beginning, the Goethe Institute in London will collaborate this month with the LIFT 2014 Festival.

The Festival brings stories from all over the world to London, bridging the city and the stage, “presenting unique cultural experiences and sharing the stories of the world with the culturally curious” (LIFT 2014). It is an ambitious project in the span of five weeks (June 2-29) of international theatre telling the stories of people from all walks of life, different places, cultures and times.

The LIFT project the Goethe Institute will be cooperating most closely with is “After A War”. The first co-hosted event is “The Third World War” – a performance-lecture by Milo Rau from the Institute of Political Murder (IIPM), June 27-29 at the Battersea Arts Centre. The three-day long program presents artists from all over the world performing on the global impact of and the world after the Great War. Meanwhile, the German-Swiss collective IIPM will touch upon issues of war and peace in general.

Another LIFT project supported by the Goethe Institute is the “Declaration of War” – a performance lecture by the andcompany&Co. The three-day program starting on Friday, June 27 again in the Battersea Arts Centre raises the question of the perpetual war, which does not have a start; which is not ever declared. Wars are replaced by publicly supported interventions and undeclared occupations. Andcompany&Co – a performance group, which was founded in Frankfurt/Main in 2003, plays with the German word “Kriegserklärung” (declaration of war) and considers the meaning of war and the gloomy prospect of an everlasting international civil war.


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