picture picture picture picture 5 Mar 2016 @ 22:43, by Heiner Benking

I am exited to visit the WORLD PREMIER "by chance" of the 26 years old ENGLISH THEATER BERLIN, The International Performing Arts Center.

Transcendence [link] was commissioned and developed by the Science & Theater section, written by Robert Marc Friedmann and directed by Günther Grosser.

Transcendence | English Theatre Berlin
Transcendence. Einstein, Kafka and Planck vs. Time, Space and Conventions. @ET_Berlin
The pictures are curtesy, with full credit to the ETB, we invite you to visit the website, brochures, and docs.

I have many issues I want to cover here, as I was really moved and I fully resonnated with many parts and the performancy - maybe tomorrow !?

visit the WEBSITE - I am rushing - work in Progress !

Einstein, Kafka and Planck vs. Time, Space and Conventions

World Premiere of a new play by Robert Marc Friedman

"You can withdraw from all the world's suffering-- for you that possibility is open, but perhaps that withdrawal is the ownly suffering you might be able to avoid" Franz Kafka, Zürau Aphorisms

To make see decision you better come to the performance in the theater and get some "learnings" from the turmoil and cultural transitions and fights those days.... or check the 100th of EINSTEIN some years ago, I think 2011: [link]

From the brochure:

"The foundations of European society were being shaken and World War I was about to deal them a final blow when Albert Einstein presented his general theory of relativity in Berlin on November 25, 1915 – now even space, time, gravity and the cosmos were no longer what they used to be. Everything seemed to be relative, all conventions were crumbling and God had left the building."

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center receives funding from Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin, Staatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

"Within a few years, Einstein emerged as an internationally-acclaimed scientist comparable to Copernicus or Newton. In Stockholm, however, the Nobel Committe .... " [More] below

As some of you we are preparing presently the TAGORE-EINSTEIN-COUNCIL 20 years celebrations and symposion. So maybe also check our website: [link] and revisit the questions around:

Source and Credits also for the Artists, Funders and Founders check: ETB [link]


Artistic Concept
English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center (ETB | IPAC) is the German capital’s only producing and presenting organization in the Hauptstadt expressly dedicated to English, the 21st century lingua franca, as the working language, as a bridge between cultures, countries and traditions.

We collaborate with both English native speakers and non-native speakers in order to achieve a continuous exchange between artists of different backgrounds who mutually inspire and influence each other to create something new together.

Our year-round programming comprises the Producing Series – Made in Berlin (in-house productions), the Presenting Series (selected international productions and work from Berlin’s independent performing arts community), as well as our Performing Series (concerts, comedy and more from Berlin’s English performing arts community) and Pedagogy Series (cultural and drama education). We are a proud member of Berlin’s freie Szene, the independent performing arts community, and are currently developing platforms to share our work within Germany and abroad.

We consciously use theater and performance as living, discursive forms to bring artists and audiences into conversation with each other about our shared city and the greater world we live in.

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center receives funding from Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin, Staatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Within a few years, Einstein emerged as an internationally-acclaimed scientist comparable to Copernicus or Newton. In Stockholm, however, the Nobel Committee for Physics resisted the massive support for his theories of relativity. What was at stake was whether or not a prize should go to Einstein and his “corrupt Jewish science,” as it was called by those who would soon instigate the next European catastrophe.

At the same time in Prague, Franz Kafka whittled away at the conventions of literature – transforming sons into beetles, examining the fate of people lost in indecipherable bureaucratized societies and making the strange look normal.

Einstein and Kafka met in Prague. They had things in common.

Einstein had been recruited to Berlin by the highly-revered leader of German physics, Max Planck. Beyond their devotion to theoretical physics and classical music, however, they had few things in common.

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Robert Marc Friedman’s new play tells a tale of strained friendships, the search for new perspectives and scientific integrity against a backdrop of a fierce battle between uncompromising opponents in a decaying society.
ROBERT MARC FRIEDMAN is a scholar and playwright born in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, and now living in Norway. After studying physical sciences and theatre at New York University, he earned a doctorate in history of science at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently professor at University of Oslo and professional member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Friedman researches the history of modern physical and environmental sciences in their social and cultural contexts. Among his numerous publications are Nobel Physics Prize in Perspective in Nature (1981), Appropriating the Weather: Vilhelm Bjerknes and the Construction of a Modern Meteorology (1989), and The Politics of Excellence: Behind the Nobel Prizes in Science (2001). Friedman’s dramatizations of his research include a television film, Vitenskap i motvind (1982), for Norwegian State Broadcasting [NRK] and stageplays performed in several countries: Remembering Miss Meitner (2002), Becoming Albert Einstein (2005), and Amundsen vs Nansen (2011). Friedman’s numerous honors for both scholarly and artistic contributions, include Tetelman Fellow at Yale University (2009) for public understanding of science and the University of Oslo’s Public Outreach [Formidling] Prize (2015). He will be an artist-in-residence at the Djerassi Artist Residency (California) in 2016.
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