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Dear guests, participants and contributors: 

In close cooperation with the Frankfurt LAB, we conceived this year's HTA Day well in advance as a four day long HTA showcase that carefully considers the current hygiene rules. From numerous entries from the participating HTA study programmes, we designed an exciting programme with 14 live performances, one digital performance, eleven films and four installations. 

With the start of the second lockdown from 02.11.2020 on, we unfortunately had to cancel our live programme draft. Nevertheless, we are sticking to this year's showcase - in digital format this time.

We happily invite you to the first digital HTA showcase: From 25th to 28th November 2020 - the originally planned period for the live exhibition - eleven films and one online performance will be shown. 

We would like to thank all the students who were part of the preparations for the live format of the show and are pleased that we will at least stay connected in digital space.

Online contributions will be shown by: Dana Maxim, Eng Kai Er, Lisa Horvath, Sharon Jamila Hutchinson, David Campling, Anna Maria Pahlke, Kathrin Selina Frech, Sara Gröning, Hannah Brown, Katharina Kurschat, Ana Clara Montenegro, Sophia Scherer, Mirjam Motzke, Martin Müller as well as the Schauspielstudio Ensemble in cooperation with Matthias Faltz, Günter Lehr and Charlotte Bösling.

We would also like to thank those whose works we unfortunately cannot show live, namely the installation group with contributions by students Ivana Rausch, Tessa Bode, Herbert Graf, Friederike Schmidt-Colinet and Li Lorian, the performance group with contributions by Leo Schenkel, Aran Kleebaur, Mara Kirchberg, Li Lorian, Felix Falczyk, Johanna Herschel, Sahar Rezaei, Asja Mahgoub, the students of the classic voice department around the director Roland Schwab, the BAtanz students Aline Aubert, Luciano Baptiste, Laura Jannene, Gabriele Ascani, Abril Lukac, Tadas Almantas, Yeji Lim, Xavier Lott, David McMillan Mikkelsen, Emma Rasmussen, Emanuela Vurro, Mirjam Motzke, Steven Höhn, Ariadni Agnandi, Alice Brunner, Danique de Bont, Lucy May, Eunbin Kim, Antonia Selow, Valeria Schulz, Clara Valdera Barbero together with Dieter Heitkamp, the dramaturgy student Antigone Akgün, the lecture series team "Theater und die Krise der Demokratie" coordinated by Nikolaus Müller-Schöll and Julia Schade, and the Frankfurt LAB team: Hanke Wilsmann, Hanna Knell, David Bräuer, Hendrik Borowski and Lisa Chan. 

Links to the films and registration to the online performance ‘skin on screen‘ will be available from 25th to 28th November 2020.

Enjoy the digital HTA showcase 2020 and of course: stay healthy!

Thank you and best regards,
the HTA team

Wir vermieten nur an seriöse Mieter

"Wir vermieten nur an seriöse Mieter" ("We only rent to serious tenants") is a scenic project dealing with the topic of private living space and the search for it. Based on autobiographical anecdotes from their joint search for housing in a contested area in Frankfurt am Main, the two performers draw conclusions about the future development of living together. Central point of the performance is the striving for a common place to settle down despite an uncertain future. The performers read and imitate moments of their search for housing and ask how concepts of life in large cities change and develop. How can one deal with increasing gentrification, high rents and the unfair distribution of living space?

Concept and Performance: Sara Gröning, Hannah Brown
Cut: Hannah Brown
Camera: Anna Herrmannsdörfer
Stage design: Helena Felsmann
Editing: Ozi Ozar

Founded by Hessische Theaterakademie, AStA der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and Kulturamt der Stadt Gießen.

(c) Sara Gröning, Hannah Brown


Mimesis is not mere representation; it is an adaptive skill. It makes us interact with the world via acculturation, affinity and reciprocity. It’s way of creation presents an alternative to the genius, who creates from scratch and still it does not merely copy. It creates new worlds by drawing from the old ones – by approximating the other, in recognition through imitation. Mimicreatures uses this idea as basis for its development: A feeling is reflected in a text - a text is reflected in a mask - a mask is reflected in a dance - a dance is reflected in a song. Masks are the symbol for imitation through disguise, they mix wo*man and beast, god and inanimate object. They protect the self by creating a barrier between ourselves and the world. They shut away what might harm us. My masks do the opposite. They are creatures from the inside. By letting them out and giving them material existence, they become our companions. They are the other that is myself.

By: Lisa Horvath
Dance: Ana Clara Montenegro, Eng Kai Er, Marina Grün
Music: Sara Trawöger

Funded by Hessische Theaterakademie and VVIP-Festival.

(c) Lisa Horvath


TITIA, a contemporary document of witnessing state and police violence intersects between essay and documentary. It displays an urban scnenery in the geographical and political triangle of France, Paris / Great Britain, London / Germany, Frankfurt. The portrayals of black subjects in the public sphere are carefully woven into an interview setting: Two female social scientists, Vanessa Eileen Thompson and Ewelina Pepiak complement the photographic take on the vurnerability and strength of black subjecthood with their expertese from social and cultural studies and literature. The film is dedicated to all victims of state and police violence and functions as an attempt to remember, to explain, to act.

By: Sharon Jamila Hutchinson
Color correction: Shabnam Nimi Divingele
Visual ID: Jonathan Gehlen
Tech support / 2. camera: Sophia Igel
Sound: Cora Jankowski
Editor: Anton Bewerunge

(c) Sharon Jamila Hutchinson

„Ready to start“- Musikalische Prognosen für die Zukunft

Tomorrow it will be better. Tomorrow the future will be rosy. Tomorrow difficulties will be blown away. - But what if it doesn't? What if our plans fail, if we fail, if we cannot withstand the pressure? What if the fear becomes too great, the panic takes possession of us? What if we are only one step away from the abyss, when failure seems inevitable? Seven actors seek the turning point, the way out of the crisis, a social revolution in the glow of the spotlight. They are "ready to start". Even if not all forecasts can be positive in the song recital of the Studiojahr Schauspiel, every feeling, every angry outcry and every glimmer of hope is a wonderful song.

Director: Matthias Faltz
Film/DOP/Edit: Charlotte Bösling
Arrangements/Music: Günter Lehr

The song recital of the Studiojahr Schauspiel was produced as a film this year.
The Studiojahr Schauspiel is made possible by the Aventis Foundation, the Crespo Foundation and the Dr. Marschner Stiftung.
(c) Charlotte Bösling


I tell a story from the Mahabharata, the world's greatest epic, the most famous story that no one knows. "Whatever exists is described in the Mahabharata, and whatever is not described in the Mahabharata does not exist either"; - how the Mahabharata describes itself. The story I dared to tell is the legend of the hero Barbarik.

By and with: David Campling
Editing: Marc Peters
Artistic consulting & project supervision: Peter Michalzik (guest professor for performance and authorship)
Technical management: Philip Deblitz

(c) David Campling


“Our pride is everything which is left over after all this rough times” “We whirl around and serve them some hot coffee and a typical “Abendbrot” with a lot of wurst” “gelbfleischig” (like you knoooow - imagine the inside of a mango) What the GINGIN does this mean? This mockumentarymusicaudioplaymusicvideoproduction follows the self-proclaimed “Champion Rowdies” around. Could have been in the year 2013 they started having a fictional zoo for big cats but at the moment they are doing – well something else. The two of them are getting more and more tangled up in strange happenings while they are taking the spectators in this mockumentarymusicaudioplaymusicvideoproduction to an unexpected cheerful ... ******** EXTRA ***** EXTRA******** EXTRA***** EXTRA******** EXTRA ***** EXTRA There will be a fun raffle (google translator told us this the right expression for gambling) with limited number of exclusive fan-packages.

By and with: Anna Maria Pahlke, Kathrin Selina Frech
As Jeremiah D. Jeremias: Julika Frieß
Special thanks to: Marie Kübler

(c) Anna Maria Pahlke, Kathrin Selina Frech

Procedure Ada 2.0

with Ada.Text_ procedure Ada.2.0 is begin Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line("Hallo, Welt!"); Put_Line("I am Living"); Put_Year("1815"); Place_in ("geostationärer Orbit"); Tell_World ("I am flying"); Eine_Wiedergeburt_als_Satellit; IF_diplom_THEN_so_ELSE_not Dank_an: Peter_Michalzik; Laura Hicks; Ann-Christin; Martina; Mona und der_Homebase

By and with: Katharina Kurschat
Piano: Che Rin Na
Flute / Drums: Violetta Gaul
Violin: Ana Paola Alarcon

IMAGINARY CONFINEMENTS #1 broken fragments

Lockdown starts. I ask myself how being confined can affect my work. I walk around. Get stuck in repetition – one body, one space. At first, this was a crisis. Then, it became a game. Me versus some furniture and objects. We try to figure out how we had not yet communicated. What we had not yet seen. Someone else joins. She is also stuck somewhere, in her own repetition. I don’t see her, though. She seems like… sound? Movement rises, patterns rise. A dance begins. Duet-trio-quartet. I cannot count anymore. Right now, all of this is a video. Are we stuck inside the screen?

Choreography/Editing: Ana Clara Montenegro
Music: Gala Naseva
Camera Work: Alice Nogueira

Founded by Härtefall- und Notfallfonds des Kulturdezernats Frankfurt am Main.

(c) Alice Nogueira

d i n o s o u r s w e a t

When we cannot share time and space anymore, new, abstract, fictional and/or digital places evolve, in which we can try to be together. The fuzziness, which occurs because of the temporal and spatial distance, makes unpredictable choreographies happen in the world. The chaostheory says that those don’t underly coincidence but are sublime to prospects. first they count steps in a round then someone digs a hole in the ground then I have a flower in my bread (what bread?/ a baguette) then dinosaurs are yellow (blue/red) in the shower you get wet and that’s why somebody becomes extinct because it happened. In a time (of many) when “the fear of dying (out)”, is present to us in various ways, somebody is looking for impossible encounters.

By: Sophia Scherer
Performers: Egill Ingibergsson, Michelle Sáenz Burrola, Nele Berger
Camera: Li Yiwei, Jiaoni Jiao
Mentor: Saga Sigurdardóttir

(c) Sophia Scherer

occasional contradiction

This video emerged by improvising in my old nursery during the lockdown in Bavaria. I discovered the advantages of a small space and slippery floor which stands actually in contradiction to the usual preferred dance space – using spatial restrictions to create a new movement language.

Dancer and Producer: Mirjam Motzke
Music: Cesar B.

(c) Mirjam Motzke


After achieving same-sex marriage rights, the debate around equality for LGBTQI+ vastly vanished from a broader display. But are we done with this issue? For I.M.O.K.R.U? people of diverse heritage were questioned about their personal situations and their opinions. Ultimately, the lives af all people that do not follow prevalant norms are still affected by persistent crises. And we still have to make those crises visible in order to eliminate them from this world. Checking in helps with that. The installation was produced in the frame of the exhibition „Making Crises Visible“ at Senckenberg Museum Frankfurt a.M. In order to be able to show it under pandemic circumstances a short film version has been worked out.

By: Martin Müller
Illustration: Ahmad Rostami Jalilian

Special announcements / trigger warnings:
Speech about experiences of violence (physical/psychological), Illustration of traumatizing experiences

In cooperation with: Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Senckenberg Museum, Leibniz-Forschungsverbund Krisen einer globalisierten Welt.

Founded by: Leibniz GemeinschaftEvangelische Kirche in Hessen und PassauKulturamt Stadt Frankfurt am MainDeutsche Stiftung FriedensforschungStiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main.

(c) Ahmad Rostami Jalilian

‘skin on screen’

‘skin on screen’ is an online performance developed during the corona lockdown. In this performance, we perform for only one audience at a time. The audience meets us through her/his computer and we take her/him on a journey across Googledoc, YouTube, and Zoom. We write, read, watch pre-made videos and hold silences together. We witness each other thinking, as cursors blink rhythmically on the blank pages. We co-create a choreography on the audience’s desktop, through the simultaneous opening of multiple windows.

The performance is intimate, live, and requires participation.

Director and performer: Dana Maxim
Director and performer: Eng Kai Er

Special announcements / trigger warnings:
What is needed in order to participate to the performance:
- a computer/laptop with strong internet connection
- the updated version of zoom 
- headphones 

Content advisory: nudity, sexual themes.

(c) Dana Maxim und Eng Kai Er

HTA-Ringvorlesung: 20/21 "Theater and the Crisis of Democracy" - with Gernot Grünewald

26.11.2020, 18.30h
Online discussion/lecture/conversation
In his works, Gernot Grünewald repeatedly combines research material with literary fragments to create highly complex theatrical fabrics. His next work "Un/True" questions the construction of our realities in the contradiction of theses, assertions and facts.

The event will take place in a live stream (via zoom). Registration at with the subject "HTA" or as free audio-live-stream via

The HTA-Ringvorlesung will continue also after the HTA-Werkschau every Thursday (6.30 p.m.). More information:

(c) Michael Köpke