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International Cooperations: Three Webinars for Theater Professionals
Part 1: Searching for Allies

Discourse | In English

The rationale behind the POSTWEST theater festival has always been to establish lasting transcultural collaboration. In light of the current situation, international partnerships are more important than ever, but how are they actually formed and how can they continue to be developed in spite of the coronavirus crisis?

In three different discussions the POSTWEST partners will explore the issues surrounding international theater collaborations, together with experts in theory and praxis. These discussions consist of two parts: First, there is a live panel discussion in which the invited guests give their input on the topic. In the second part, theater makers and enthusiasts can exchange ideas with the festival partners and panel participants via Zoom by registering in advance.

If you would like to attend the discussion please register until 23.06. at Please indicate your Zoom username and the title of the discussion "Searching for Allies".


Part 1: Searching for Allies

With Alina Aleshchenko (Curator POSTWEST, Volksbühne Berlin), Birgit Lengers (Curator Radar Ost, Deutsches Theater Berlin), Evgenia Shermeneva (Head of KatlZ, Producer; Riga), Michal Zahálka (Dramaturge, Curator International Festival THEATRE in Plzeň)

Moderation: Vladimir Balzer (journalist and moderator, Deutschlandfunk Kultur)

At the beginning of POSTWEST we will discuss how international connections are established and formed. Why is there a tendency to cooperate with certain institutions or theaters from certain regions more than with others? How can collaborations be established in a sustainable manner, and how can we create new networks? What role is played by supranational associations and federations?


Alina Aleshchenko is the curator of the transcultural festival POSTWEST \\ guess where . She studied theater management and theater studies at the Moscow Art Theater School and completed a master's degree at the Center for Ibsen Studies at the University of Oslo. During her studies she worked as a project manager and interpreter for various international festivals in Russia and as an assistant and tour manager with the Norwegian Jo Strømgren Kompani. This was followed by freelance and permanent positions at Theater Sommer in Ludwigsburg, Theater Augsburg, and Schauspiel Stuttgart, where, together with her colleague Evropi Thomopoulou, she oversaw artistic production for the international theater festival The Future of Europe . Aleshchenko has been a consultant artistic director at the Volksbühne Berlin since the 2018/2019 season.

Vladimir Balzer is a host, editor and reporter at the German radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur. He hosts a daily show on culture and a weekly expert talk. He studied Literature and History of Art in Dublin, Venice and Leipzig, followed by various research trips and residences in the U.S. and Italy.

Birgit Lengers has been head of DT International since 2018 and curates the RADAR OST festival at the Deutsches Theater. She studied theater, film, and cultural studies/aesthetic practice in Cologne and Hildesheim. This was followed by work as a dramaturge (including at THEATER T 1, German Theater Abroad), designing and organizing transatlantic festivals and theater projects (Stadttheater New York, Road Theater USA), and teaching as a guest lecturer in Hildesheim and at the University of the Arts, Berlin. Lenger’s texts have been published in Text + Kritik, Theater der Zeit, Die Deutsche Bühne, Korrespondenzen, and by transcript Verlag. She has been the director of Junge DT since the 2009/10 season.

Michal Zahálka is a theatre scholar, translator, editor, and dramaturg. He has been one of the programmers of the THEATRE International Festival in Pilsen since 2012. Currently employed as book editor at ATI, he is also part of the team behind Mange ta Grenouille, a festival of contemporary French theatre and drama in Prague, and its Parisian counterpart Fais un saut à Prague, showcasing Czech theatre.