The Deaf Time Tunnel

Michaela Caspar / Possible World

Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2017

Premiere December 12 2014
December 13 | 14 2014
January 23 | 24 | 25 2015
June 12 | 13 | 14 2015
December 11 | 12 | 13 2015
May 07 | 08 2016
June 18 2017


If we look for the history of the Deaf in archives and libraries, we tend to find mostly hearing people and their perspective on deafness and signed languages. The hearing have documented the history of the Deaf. But what do the Deaf have to say?
The Deaf Time Tunnel is a play about the history of the Deaf, performed by Deaf and hearing actors for hearing and Deaf audiences. It uses historical sources, interviews with survivors, and improvisation based on the personal experience of the performers, and presents these through live acting, film, live cam, discussion, and music.
In order to connect current controversies on the cochlear implant (CI) with their historical background, the audience is invited to join the Deaf and hearing actors on their journey into the past.

Possible World is an inclusive theatre group located in Berlin. Made up of deaf, hearing impaired and hearing actors and teenagers. They work through inclusive working methods and on an inclusive form of theatre. Rehearsals and plays are held in sign language and the spoken voice. The current production The Deaf Time Tunnel is a controversial Lecture Performance about the history of the Deaf and hearing impaired in Germany.

with Asya Avagyan, Johanna Böttcher, Hend El-Kadi, Emilia von Heiseler, Inara Ilyasova, Erdal Kar, Eyk Kauly, Peter Marty, Nikola Vujicic, Frank Weigang, Wille Felix Zante, Cordula Zielonka Direction Michaela Caspar Text (after improvisations of the group) Till Nikolaus von Heiseler Set design, composition, video prologue Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag Sign language translation Anka Böttcher Costume design Gabriele Wischmann Video Jens Kupsch Dramaturgy Rafael Ugarte Chacon, Wille Felix Zante Production management Daniel Schrader Assistance, photography Max Neu

A Possible World production in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost
Funded by Aktion Mensch, Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung and Fonds Soziokultur

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