This is the entrance to the stage workshop of Volksbühne in Weissensee. ⠀
Volksbühne – so many memories are connected with it. ⠀
The fist time I was there was for the concert of the back then new band Tocotronic in August 1996. I didn’t live in Berlin and the internet as we know it now didn’t exist yet, so we just tried naively to get rest-tickets. Luckily it worked out and I didn’t have a reason to complain like the title of their back then just released album «Wir Kommen Um Uns Zu Beschweren» said it.
Many evenings to be remembered followed there. Also some sleep is envolved here, that comes with theatre productions lasting five hours or more. But over the years I got trained. How good the training was will be tested when I will hopefully get to see the latest staging of «Faust» by Frank Castorf which I was told goes at least for 8 if not for 10 hours even. ⠀
I will deeply miss the challenges the Volkbühne put me in – if the rumours of the announced changes will really become true. ⠀
In January I called them, because I had to cancel a ticket. The music they played while I was on hold was the word «Danke», sung by the choir of Volksbühne in a version of a German Christian hymn written by Martin Gotthard Schneider and one of the first songs in the genre later called new spiritual song. With the lines missing the message it seems to say: «Thanks for nothing!» – and rightly so, because we have to say thank you! ⠀
DANKE, VOLKSBÜHNE! • ⠀