Service » What's on

What's on and what's exciting in the theatres, cinemas and exhibitions spaces of the German-speaking world.


What's on

A roundup of cultural highlights

Dance | Exhibitions | Festivals | Film | Opera | Theatre


Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon. Choreographies by William Forsythe, Sasha Waltz and Maguy Marin. As part of the "France En Scène" festival, RADIALSYSTEM V presents an evening of contemporary dance. March 28 - 31.


"Raum. Orte der Kunst" (space. locations of art). At Berlin's Academy of Arts, until April 22, 2007.

"Witches' Lust and the Fall of Man - The Strange Fantasies of Hans Baldung Grien". At the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, until May 13, 2007.

"Laura Owens". At the Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst in Münster, until April 22, 2007.

"Tibet: Monasteries Open Their Treasure Chambers". At Berlin's Museum of Asian Art, until May 28, 2007.

"erwin wurm: retrospective". At the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. From April 27 - September 2, 2007.

"Christian Dior and Germany, 1947 to 1957". At the Art Library in the Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, until 28 May, 2007.

"Die Macht des Dinglichen: SKULPTUR HEUTE!" (the power of materiality - sculpture today!). Featuring works by young artists. At the Georg Kolbe Museum in Berlin, until May 28, 2007.

"Rodin". At the Kunsthaus in Zurich, until May 13, 2007.

"Odilon Redon". A major exhibition of works by the chilling French artist and contemporary of the Impressionists. At the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, until April 29, 2007.

"Polke - Eine Retrospektive". Three collectors present works by Sigmar Polke in the Frieder Burda Museum in Baden-Baden until May 13, 2007.

"Andreas Gursky". Works of the star photographer at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, until May 13, 2007.

"Op Art". A major show of works by 50 Op Art artists from the 1960s. At the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt until May 20, 2007.

"Bali". Works by Turner Prize winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans at the kestnergesellschaft in Hanover. Until May 6, 2007.

"Dan Flavin - Retrospective". Until April 8, 2007, at the Pinakothek der Moderne Kunst in Munich.

"Art and Propaganda. Clash of Nations 1930-1945". At the German Historical Museum in Berlin, until April 29, 2007.

"As in a Dream - Odilon Redon". A survey of the French symbolist's oeuvre with more than 200 drawings, lithographs, and pastels. At the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, until April 29, 2007.

"Vor 12.000 Jahren in Anatolien - Die ältesten Monumente der Menschheit" (12,000 years ago in Anatolia - the oldest monuments of humanity). Badesches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, until June 17, 2007.

"Sprengelprojekt". The world-renowned photographer Thomas Ruff has been given a free hand to show his photographs alongside works he's selected from the museum's collection. At the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, until April 1, 2007.

The town of Guben in Brandenburg has installed the "Plastinarium", a permanent exhibition of the corpses of "the plastinator" Gunther von Hagens.

The Bode Museum has reopened its doors in Berlin. The museum houses the sculptural treasures of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, writes that here Europe can behold its aesthetic, religious, intellectual and political history for the first time in three-dimensional form.

"Tödliche Medizin: Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus" (deadly medicine: race delusions under National Socialism). A guest exhibition by the Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum at the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden, until June 24, 2007.

"The Blue Rider in the 21st Century". Juxtaposing works by Blue Rider artists Franz Marc, August Macke, Wassily Kandinsky and Alexei Jawlensky with contemporary artists Franz Ackermann, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson and Katharina Grosse. At the Lenbachhaus in Munich.

"Heimat und Exil" (Home and exile) looks at the mass emigration of Jews from Germany and their assimilation into neighbouring countries. At the Jewish Museum in Berlin until April 9, 2007. It then travels to Bonn and Leipzig.

The German Historical Museum has opened its new permanent exhibit in Berlin.

"Mythos Troja." At the Antikensammlung, Munich, until May 31, 2007.


"Go East." Festival of East European film in Wiesbaden. From March 28 - April 3, 2007.


"Losers and Winners". Germany, 2006. Documentary by Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken. 400 Chinese workers take apart the Kaiserstuhl coking plant to ship it back to China. The last workers at the plant help the Chinese take apart their job site.

"Schnitzelparadies" (schnitzel paradise). Netherlands, 2005. Comedy of cultures by Martin Koolhoven.

"Close to home". Israel, 2006. Military service drama by Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hagar. The young soldier Smadar takes everything from her purse: cigarettes, lipstick, even a little toy car are all carefully inspected. She is 18 and has just entered military service.

"Das wahre Leben" (Life actually). Germany, 2006. Family drama by Alain Gsponer.

"Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig" (Strike). Germany / Poland, 2006. Volker Schlöndorff's Solidarnoscz film.

"Fast Food Nation". UK / USA, 2006. Dark side of fast food drama by Richard Linklater, telling the story of Don Henderson, marketing manager of a fast food chain.

"Olé". Italy, 2006. Romantic comedy by Carlo Vanzina. On a field trip to Spain, two Italian teachers court a colleague of theirs.

"Journey to the Moon". William Kentridge's homage to silent film pioneer Georges Melies, at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin until June 6.

"Don". India, 2006. Police drama by Farhan Akhtar. Police commissioner Desilva uses every weapon at his disposal in his fight with an international drug cartel based in Kuala Lumpur.

"Yes I Am!" Germany, 2006. Documentary by Sven Halfar. Musicians D-Flamme, Mamadee and Adé meet after Alberto Adriano, a black resident of Dessau, is assaulted and killed by three youths in a park. The documentary tells of the "Brothers Keepers" band project and their musical tour of German schools.

"Nach der Hochzeit" (After the Wedding). Denmark / Sweden, 2006. Drama by Susanne Bier. The Dane Jacob works as the director of an orphanage in India. When the orphanage is threatened with closure, Jacob receives an unusual offer.


"Hyperion" by Bruno Maderna, at the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

"Tales of Hoffmann". Fantastic opera in five acts by Jacques Offenbach. Directed by Thilo Reinhardt at the Komische Oper in Berlin. Until May 5, 2007.

"Peter Grimes" by Benjamin Britten. At the Semperoper in Dresden.

"The Turn of the Screw" by Benjamin Britten. At the Oper Leipzig.

"Die Frau ohne Schatten" (the woman without a shadow) by Richard Strauss, staged by Keith Warner and conducted by Simone Young at the Staatsoper in Hamburg.

"The Magic Flute" by Mozart. Directed by Martin Kusej and Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Opernhaus Zurich.

"Three Penny Opera" by Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill. Directed by Andre Wilms at the Schauspiel in Frankfurt.


"Solidarität ist Selbstmord" (solidarity is suicide), by Rene Pollesch, at the Kammerspiele in Munich.

"Falstaff". Based on Shakespeare's "Henry IV" and "Henry V". A play about treason, intrigue and hypocrisy. Who uses whom, and to what end? At the Schauspiel Frankfurt.

"Das Versprechen" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. at the Theater Luzern in Lucerne, Switzerland.

"Frühlings Erwachen!" (Spring Awakening!) by Frank Wedekind. At the Schauspiel Hanover.

"Helter Skelter". The new play by Neil LaBute at the Theater Bonn.

"Besuch der alten Dame" by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Staged by Volker Lösch at the Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf.

"Der Hausschrat" by Wilhelm Genazino, one of Germany's foremost contemporary authors. At the Theater an der Ruhr in Müllheim.

"Emilia Galotti" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, now playing in Bochum, Bonn, Dusseldorf and Essen.

"Don Karlos" by Friedrich Schiller. At the Deutches Theater in Berlin.

"Mala Zementenbaum", co-written by maverick actor Thomas Lawinky and artistic director Armin Petras, dealing with Lawinky's Stasi past. At Berlin's Maxim Gorki Theater.

"Spuren der Verirrten" (traces of the lost) by Peter Handke. Directed by Claus Peymann at the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin.

"Goldberg Variationen" by George Tabori, directed by Hermann Beil. Badischen Staatstheater in Karlsruhe. - let's talk european