During the semester, lunchtime concerts take place every tuesday at lunchtime from 12:30 to 12:55 pm in the Theatersaal, the University’s theater and concert venue. It is located at Mensasee, a miniature lake located in front of the dining hall at the very heart of the campus. Admission to the concerts is free. There are many ways to make music actively at the University of Bremen. The two largest ensembles are the University Choir and the University of Bremen Symphony Orchestra, which both perform, sometimes together, in large concert halls such as the Bremen “Glocke” and the Dom cathedral, as well as independently in various locations on the campus, in the city and in the surrounding area of Bremen. The core of the musical offerings also includes the Big Band. A special attraction is the Tango Orchestra under Argentine direction, in which instruments typically used in tango music are featured. And students of the University of Bremen can also participate in three choirs offered by the Bremen University of the Arts. In the winter semester, seminars are offered on a regular basis. Two pianos are available for those who want to continue playing the piano during their studies, even though they do not study music. All offers are can be found at "Music for all".
Theater performances at the University of Bremen
Two theater groups at the University of Bremen invite you to participate: The Theater der Versammlung and the English-language Parlement of Foules.
Oscillating between education, science and art, the Theater der Versammlung is considered one of the first research theaters in Germany. It was founded in 1992 under the leadership of Jörg Holkenbrink as part of a model experiment of the same name by the Federal and State Commission for Education. It brings students and teachers of different disciplines together with professional performing artists of different genres.
Since 1995, the The Parlement of Foules performs English-language plays as part of the bachelor’s program “English-Speaking Cultures” and the master's program “Transnational Literary Studies”. Twice a year, students under the direction of Michael Claridge put on English-language performances in the Bremen Schnürschuh Theater.
The Incognito Theater, TiC for short, will be organizing theatrical projects as part of the course "Theater Production" offered by the Institute for ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research. Each project will conclude with a public performance in the University’s theater hall. The course is embedded in General Studies and can be chosen as an elective by all students of the University. As an alternative to performing on stage, students can join in by working in the areas of PR, stage design, costumes, props and stage decoration. The course carries 6 CP each semester and grades can be awarded on request.
In November 2007, the project “Aus den Akten auf die Bühne” (“from the files to the stage”), which has received several awards, was presented to the public for the first time with the dramatic reading of “Grund der Ausweisung: Lästiger Ausländer” (“reason for deportation: annoying foreigner”) in the regional court of Bremen. Since then, more than 12,000 people have attended a performance of Aus den Akten auf die Bühne.
The starting point and working method of Aus den Akten auf die Bühne is the partnership between historical studies and theater: students of the Institute of History at the University of Bremen – led by the project’s initiator Eva Schöck-Quinteros and in partnership with the bremer shakespeare company – are researching the material for a reading in various archives. They write articles on a – usually little-studied – topic from Bremen’s (everyday) history for an accompanying publication. The aim is for current controversies and problems – in short, the present – to be related to the past.
Despite the focus on Bremen’s history, all productions convey the supraregional significance of the topic through the choice of sources.
Peter Lüchinger from the bremer shakespeare company directs and stages the readings exclusively from original historical documents. By combining research studies in the field of history with professional dramaturgical work, the project makes a unique contribution to the new documentary theater.