Together, we are celebrating interconnectedness through interspecies storytelling that crosses time and space.
In February of 2020, English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center began a community theater project open to people of all ages. Our initial question was simple: if trees could talk, what would they say? This led us on a journey of collaboration, experimentation and contemplation. Together we walked in Tegel forest, shared memories of trees, delved into mythology and the news, discussed evolution with a scientist and observed the trees in Kreuzberg.
A unique and exciting performance has grown from the seeds of play and curiosity: YOU-ME-HUMAN-TREE was devised by an intergenerational ensemble of over 20 people and contains elements of physical theater, music, storytelling, puppetry, dance, burlesque, poetry and performance art.
The project team is deeply grateful to their project partners exploratorium berlin and die gelbe Villa for their input and support and would like to give special thanks to Professor Kurt Zoglauer of Humboldt University for kindly giving us his time.
Devised and performed by Alexander Thal, Alina Klisch, Antonella Zidek, Artemis Mataragka, Eleonoora Omenainen, Geoff Mills, Grace Pyone, Iona Buchanan, Lucas Galindo, Maria Trinks, Nwebo Niermann, Philip Gilke and Rebecca Kenny. With special thanks to Matteo Colombo.
Facilitated and Directed by Grace Holme | Produced by Priscilla Bergey | Costumes by Angharad Matthews | Set Design by Alejandra Alarcón | Lighting Design by Katri Kuusimäki | Music facilitated by Matthias Schwabe, Annemarie Michel und Aida Shahidi (Exploratorium Berlin) | Production Assistance by Ruby Grosser | Assistant Direction by Maria Doncu and Grace Taylor | Film Production by Lucas Galindo | Sound Design by Paul Drauz-Brown | Graphic Design by Bogdan Frincu