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Projects for Day-Care-Centres

We have set ourselves the goal of using the resources of our theatre to foster and expand cultural education for young children in the mid to long term. The encounters take place at the Deutsche Oper Berlin or in the kindergarten.

 

Contact: stang@deutscheoperberlin.de / +49 [30]-343 84 534

TUKI – Theatre and Kindergarten

 

This is the third year of our association with our partner kindergarten in the Kastanienallee in the Westend district of Berlin. The »TUKI ForscherTheater« name (‘research theatre’) reveals the aim of the project: teachers of musical theatre and other artists harness the children’s urge to explore, creating sounds, musical notes and drama in the process.
 

New mobile musical theatre

A Research-Theatre production with TUKI Bühne

For the " Mobile musical theatre" we travel with light luggage, without elaborate stage design, because we play locally, in the kindergartens. Children are a great audience: open, curious, enthusiastic. They miss neither curtain nor orchestra and have no firm idea of how an audience should behave.

 

Children are born researchers. Two musicians visit them with their equipment in the kindergarten and go on a music-theatrical research trip with them. Together they ask themselves: How are sounds created? What does music consist of? Who or what is this mysterious TIRILI? For "Expedition TIRILI" we are working together with children from our Kastanienallee kindergarten. In the run-up to the expedition, the kindergarten experimented with sounds and themes. This process flowed into the development of the production.

Information about the mobile theatre, cast, dates

Dramatic advisors: Lars Gebhardt
Director: Franziska Seeberg

Duration: 40 minutes / no interval

Age: 3 – 6

Tickets: info@deutscheoperberlin.de
T + 49 30 343 84-343

Requirements for booking: We play in kindergartens in Berlin and the surrounding area. The event is conceived for an audience of up to 40 children. For larger groups we offer double performances on request. A free, clean playing area of at least 4 x 3 metres and sufficient space for the children watching is required for playing. The performers* also need a lockable room for singing and moving.

A look inside the nursery

Elke Schaeffer is Deputy Head of the Kastanienallee day-care centre in Berlin-Westend © Max Zerrahn


— »Us and the kids were in the middle of our musical exploration trips with Young Opera when everything locked down. The artists were racking their brains over how to respond to the situation, what with the nurseries and opera closed down. So they got on their bikes and cycled to the kids’ homes and performed improvised scenes outside, in gardens, in parks, in the streets. The Mini Theatre was such a welcome change and the parents loved it. Now the day-care centres have reopened and we’re touring EXPEDITION TIRILI round the Berlin nurseries. The musical-theatre project was born out of our explorative trips. And whatever the autumn has in store for us, we’ll find a way to get theatre out to the children.«