The Aesthetics of Resistance - Peter Weiss 100

Save the date: 28.9.–8.10.2016

When Peter Weiss wrote “The Aesthetics of Resistance”, he was looking back into the 1930s/’40s, at a Berlin of the antifascist underground, at the Spanish Civil War, and at a decade of European exile. It was a consideration of the 20th century – a novel combining art theory and worldview against the backdrop of the historical conflict between fascism and communism. Weiss portrays an emancipation process that is also highly central for questions of offering resistance today: the possibility of political participation by individuals.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer has commissioned five international theatre productions for the festival:
“Naše nasilje i vaše nasilje / Our Violence is Your Violence” by Oliver Frljić
“La dictadura de lo cool / The Dictatorship of Coolness” by La Re-sentida
“Mateluna” by Guillermo Calderón
“So Little Time” by Rabih Mroué
“Life” (working title) by Nicoleta Esinencu

In addition there will be a theory forum, a reading of the novel "The Aesthetics of Resistance", a film programme in cooperation with the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and an exhibition by Halil Altindere at the n.b.k.

Furthermore, accompaning the festival a publication will be released in September with artist statements and texts by Hans-Thies Lehmann and Bini Adamczak.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Media partner: RBB Kulturradio.
Photo: © AlexandLiane