What began more than 25 years ago continues today offering amazing theater pieces and performances. We are talking about the theater festival Spielart, which takes place in Munich from October 25 to November 9.

This year they present different pieces that are critic with the western culture that is dominating more and more the entire world. With a view towards Africa and the Middle East, the festival presents daring and interesting pieces of artists like Laila Soliman, Tania El Khoury, Farah Barqawi and Sama Waly.

Some of the highlights of this year are:

  • The Ecstatic (Münchner Kammerspiele). 6 to 19 €. Six persons dance a mix of pantsula, a dance form that emerged during the apartheid in South Africa, and another dance called praise break. Tuesday 29 at 8.30 pm and Wednesday 30 October at 7 pm
  • Speak Bitterness (Gasteig – Carl-Orf Saal). Free entry. This performance was played for the first time in the Spielart edition of 1997. It’s about little confessions of guilt that take place in different contexts and situations. Thursday 31 October from 6 to 10 pm. The entry is possible at any time.
  • Rehab Training (Muffatwerk). 7 to 14 €. The South Korean choreographer Geumhyung Jeong is known for her use of dummies, vacuum cleaners, sex toys, and other robots and machines in her performances. This time, she trains a dummy and create with him an special relationship while the audience is watching. Friday 1 to Sunday 3 November at 7 pm.
  • Ọlọ́mọyọyọ (Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst). Free entry. This Jelili Atikus’ performance takes the spirit of the West African Yoruba goddess Kori, who guards the health, happiness, and growth of children, to expose the critic situation of many children in the world. Saturday 2 November at 5 pm
  • All Inclusive (Münchner Kammerspiele). 6 to 19 €. This piece shows us a group of refugees on a guided tour through a special exhibition. They will observe violence and debris in a western way. Sunday 3, November at 8.30 pm.
  • My Body Belongs to Me (Gasteig, Carl-Orff-Saal). 9 to 19 €. This theater piece is performed by activists against female genital mutilation. Originally from Sudan and Eritrea, these mothers, housewives and working women tell their stories about growing up as a woman. Sunday 3 November at 7 and 9 pm
  • Museum of Lungs (Münchner Kammerspiele). 6 to 19 €. This is a play about vulnerability and illness in our modern capitalist society. Tells the story of Stacy Hardy, a writer who had undiagnosed tuberculosis in South Africa for years.

More theater plays, performances, and lectures at the Spielart webpage. You can consult their program here and their information about tickets here.

*Header picture: The_Ecstatic by Philip Frowein

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