The German centre of the ITI in co-operation with the Muelheim
theatre festival "STUECKE" again had the pleasure to host
the International Translator Workshop of German Drama in Muelheim,
12 - 27 May 2007.
The unique festival "Stuecke" presented world premiers
of new plays in German. "Stuecke" is one of the major
annual meetings of German contemporary dramatic theater. It attracts
large audiences, among them many professionals, from all over Germany.
The critical response by the press and the media has usually been
overwhelmingly enthusiastic. In 1987, "Stuecke" received
the World Theatre Day Award of our centre. Muelheim an der Ruhr
is an industrial city in the heart of a very active theatre region,
it is situated near Essen, Bochum, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn,
The purpose of the event was to introduce translators of German
theatre to contemporary German plays in their first production on
the stage and to inspire their translation into other languages
in order to promote productions abroad. The practical work on the
texts played again play the central role. Held over the course of
several days, this phase involved the participation of the authors.
The meeting led again to an open and fruitful exchange from which
the participants took not only home new experiences, but also new
translation projects and some stimulations to perform them abroad.
Discussion events and special workshop sessions designed to familiarise
translators with the cultural and political context of the plays
and contemporary German theatre in general complemented the main
programme. In addition to open discussions following the performances,
the translators have also had the chance to meet the authors, members
of the festival jury, critics, journalists, cultural administrators,
and publishers. In conclusion the translator's meeting offered a
unique opportunity for guest translators to exchange experiences
with each other and their German colleagues.