Events for refugees – Staatstheater Nürnberg hosting art projects and opportunities for displaced persons to get involved.
Large numbers of people have been arriving in Nuremberg over recent weeks, fleeing the war in Ukraine. They include children, teenagers - and also artists. The Staatstheater Nürnberg has a raft of activities and art projects for refugees to participate in.
Headed by Anja Sparberg, the PLUS Drama Teaching department has set up a local network for refugees and is offering a range of participatory options. Children and teenagers meet on Mondays for choral singing in Ukrainian, German and English, led by Lisa Milyukova in the 3. Etage on the 3rd floor of the Schauspielhaus.
On Saturdays children and teenagers can take part in improvisation and drama sessions on one of the Staatstheater’s rehearsal stages. Svitlana Mykhailenko guides the group, in which youngsters in three age brackets are taught in Ukrainian and German. Mykhailenko is head of the “Deutsches Theater Kyiv (Kiev)” drama studio and recently arrived in Nuremberg with a group of children and teens.
Registrations for the drama and singing groups for children and teenagers: Email theaterpaedagogik(at)staatstheater-nuernberg.de
The Staatstheater is also serving as the venue for the drama project of an artists’ collective recently set up on the initiative of Olga Komarova and Anja Sparberg. The company, comprising fifteen drama and video artists and a psychologist, all of whom have fled various parts of Ukraine, will stage the results of their project in the 3. Etage on the 3rd floor of the Schauspielhaus on 2nd July. Schauspiel musician Kostia Rapoport will be one of the artists joining them for rehearsals.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN WITH THE BALLET COMPANY
The ballet company of the Staatstheater Nürnberg is giving professional dancers displaced from Ukraine an opportunity to train regularly with the troupe. “We’re not going to sit there while colleagues from our own discipline become disconnected from their art form,” says Ballet Director Goyo Montero. “We want to offer them a place where they can continue their training and express themselves through their art.” One dancer from Kharkiv has already begun training.
The Opera Choir is likewise glad to be welcoming a new colleague. In Nuremberg’s twin city, Kharkiv, Anna Bychkova was a member of the opera choir and sang as a soloist in the Philharmonie. Since the autumn the soprano has been singing as part of our Opera Choir, directed by Tarmo Vaask.
International Online Reading Project – “The Feeling of War”
The Staatstheater Nürnberg is one of seventeen German and Austrian theatres (so far) involved in the “Feeling of War” international reading project. Participating theatres are currently producing podcasts and videos destined for release as a series when the project is over. Live readings by ensemble members are also planned in the Nuremberg Schauspielhaus.
SUBSIDISED ADMISSION TO EVENTS
With the demographic that can hardly - or only rarely – afford to attend a play or concert steadily growing in size, the Staatstheater has increased the number of tickets reserved for “KulturTicketNürnberg” holders. This is the Bürgerstiftung Nürnberg’s way of helping holders of the “Nürnberg-Pass” to attend cultural events.
Owing to the current situation, the Staatstheater Nürnberg has made it easier for Ukrainian refugees to attend performances. For the remainder of the current season Ukrainian passport holders are entitled to last-minute admission to Opernhaus and Schauspielhaus for up to two people per event (subject to availability at the evening box office).
CALL FOR DONATIONS
The Staatstheater Nürnberg is also making a public gesture of solidarity with the Ukrainian people by illuminating the Opernhaus and Schauspielhaus in the colours of their national flag.
“The completely unjustifiable war that Putin is waging on Ukraine calls for us to state our position unambiguously,” says Staatstheater Intendant Jens-Daniel Herzog. To generate aid for the population on the ground, the Staatstheater Nürnberg has launched an appeal for donations to be made to the Partnerschaftsverein Charkiw-Nürnberg. This registered association has set up an account to receive financial donations:
Please pay donations into the following account:
Empfänger/Recipient: Partnerschaftsverein Charkiw-Nürnberg e.V.
IBAN: DE12 7605 0101 0001 3500 58
Verwendungszweck/Narrative/Purpose: Hilfsprojekte in Charkiw
Click here for more information on the Partnerschaftsverein Charkiw-Nürnberg e.V.: https://www.nuernberg.de/internet/international/partnerschaftsverein.html
For details on the use to which donations are being put, please visit the City of Nuremberg website.
Thank you for your support and solidarity!