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Thu 24.9. – Sun 27.9.2020

Streaming-Programme online

Switch on at the blue hour and experience the International Womyns’ Theatre-Festival with friends at home! From Thursday to Sunday parts of the programme at the Kulturgelände protagon e. V. will be streamed digitally on our website and on Facebook.

Unser Streaming-Programm:

24.09.2020, 20:15: AVE MARIA by Julia Varley, Odin Teatret

25.09.2020, 19:00: Qué parte no entendiste, la N o la O? by Guacoldas Hessen
25.09.2020, 20:30: Private Bestiary by Natasha Czertok
CORPUS MUNDI by Bárbara Luci Carvalho

26.09.2020, 15:00: 4th Symposium: Collective Empowerment Across Borders
26.09.2020, 19:00: Live-Music by Vanessa Novak

27.09.2020, 16:30: Nunu die kleine Wolke by Pirkko Cremer
27.09.2020, 20:30: WAX-en by Laia Ribera Canenguez and Rafi Martin
27.09.2020, 22:00: Black Square – Sonata for keyboard and tape by Wojtek Blecharz and Teraz Poliż


This year, we are counting (on) you! For more information klick here!

We are women* of all colours and ages as well as different preferences and values. Despite all diversity, we have one thing in common: the decision to fully occupying our female body, to re-create it and to question the social structures that have been forced upon it. A body that needs to be more empowered, loved and respected, free to move and discover the power to express itself as a political space.

About us

I am more than happy to know that Barbara’s International Womyns’ Theatre Festival is happening and on behalf of The Magdalena Project, International Network of Women in Contemporary Theatre. I sincerely hope that everyone involved, artists, organisors, technicians and audiences have a truly rewarding experience.

In the strange and distanced time we are living we need to find ways to connect, to be together, to defy the isolation. The possibility to make live streams is one way to exercise that defiance.  We can witness each other’s work and be present for each other. But we all know that live stream is not the living encounter that we all treasure in the theatre.  Being present in the same room, exchanging energy and concentration. Sharing ideas in the live medium of performance. These times are asking us to think differently. To think NEW. How can we sustain liveness whist staying within the guidelines metered out by our confused, sometimes incompetent, governments – we are all trying to stay safe.

We need to step outside of the familiar structures that we call theatre and define the heart of what it really is – live exchange. This can be done in so many ways and now is the time for re invention.  Theatre does not have to be on a stage in a theatre building with the audience in the dark silently watching those on the elevated stage with light on them – speaking their ideas and truths.  Theatre people can invent encounters of myriad shapes and forms – we just have to think outside of the box – literally. A lot of experimentation may result in a lot of failures but from the piles of manure beautiful flowers can eventually blossom.

I am sure the encounters and discussions and performances that will be offered in these days will fuel these contemporary cross border and cross-cultural debates and thinking. And I hope that many will leave the comfort zone and risk these failures so we can find new ways in these strange, challenging and exciting times.


Jill Greenhalgh
Founding Artistic Director – The Magdalena Project


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Reference to the exhibition "This is what a feminist looks like - in Frankfurt" by the Women's Department of the City of Frankfurt am Main. The photo project creates visibility for the diversity of the feminist scene in Frankfurt. We are happy to be part of it....