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Peter Lüchinger from the bremer shakespeare company directs and stages the readings exclusively from original historical documents.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.