Since 2014, “Theatre is Dialogue – Dialogue of Cultures” has been supporting artists and theatres in Ukraine and other Eastern European countries in their efforts to set in motion fruitful exchanges and networking opportunities with colleagues across Europe. Through this project, the ETC is at once looking to open new perspective for young Ukrainian theatre makers as well as to reinforce theatre as a public and democratic space, open for exchanges and reflexions on society.


Artist Residency

The 2018 edition started with Schenk&Cant, a group of former ETC scholars, who developped a new play over the course of a residency in Germany in September-October and then toured Ukraine in November.

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Guest Performances

The programme continued with guest performances from German theatres in Ukraine in November and December 2018; presenting various theatre forms (documentary and classroom plays) with Ukrainian surtitles, in order to stimulate exchanges about current aesthetic developments and progressive forms. A lecture about participative and digital theatre was also organised. Each guest performance was followed by a public discussion to encourage a discussion on content, form and structure between the audience and the artists.

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Forum & Alumni Meeting

Theatre is Dialogue also promotes a continuous dialogue with local stakeholders to jointly develop professional collaborations as well as a structure for the contemporary theatre scene in Ukraine. It is with that objective that the ETC organised an alumni meeting with former ETC scholars in Kyiv, as well as a dialogue meeting with representatives of the independent and public theatres in collaboration with Goethe Institut Kyiv.

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August - December 2018

20 – 28 August 2018

Research trip of the theatre collective Schenk&Cant


Carpathian Mountains, Lviv and Kyiv/Ukraine


24 September – 22 October 2018

Residency of the theatre collective Schenk&Cant


Schloss Freudenberg, Wiesbaden/Germany


18 October 2018

Premiere of Tranzyt, new play developed by Schenk&Cant during their residency. Further performances on 19-21 October


Schloss Freudenberg, Wiesbaden/Germany


02 – 03 November 2018

Guest performance: Tranzyt by Schenk&Cant


Gogolfest, DAKH Theatre, Kiev/Ukraine


07 – 08 November 2018

Guest performance: My rather odd friend Walter by Junges DT Berlin


Molodyy Theatre, Kyiv/Ukraine


17 November 2018

Guest performance: Tranzyt by Schenk&Cant


AirGogolfest in Vinnytsia/Ukraine


23 November 2018

Guest performance: Tranzyt by Schenk&Cant


Gogolfest:DOBA in Mariupol/Ukraine


08 December 2018

Lecture: Participatory and Digital Theatre – The Example of Stage Your City


DAKH Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv/Ukraine


09 – 10 December 2018

Guest performance: Stolpersteine by Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe


Molodyy Theatre, Kyiv/Ukraine


11 – 12 December 2018

ETC Alumni Meeting


Molodyy Theatre, Kyiv/Ukraine


12 December 2018

Dialogue event with representants of Ukrainian public and independent theatres and local stakeholders


Goethe Institut, Kyiv/Ukraine

Co-funded with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office

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