The German Centre of the International Theatre Institute is pleased
with its annual World Theatre Day Prize. This year the ITI honours
a true champion of the German theatre.
Hübner's work as a theatre manager, actor and director
– and his discovery of many theatre artists – has contributed
immeasurably to the German theatre's international reputation.
Kurt Hübner's name is synonymous with the now legendary
»Bremen Style«. His leadership from 1962 – 1973
of the Bremer Theater was one of the most important chapters of
German theatre history in the twentieth century. Countless important
personalities helped Hübner mount a politically explosive and
brilliant style of theatre in Bremen – directors like Peter
Zadek, Peter Stein, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alfred Kirchner, Peter
Palitzsch, Eberhard Fechner, Johannes Schaaf, Hans Neuenfels, Klaus
Michael Grüber and stage designers such as Wilfied Minks and
Erich Wonder. The acting ensemble included Jutta Lampe, Edith Clever,
Bruno Ganz, Traugott Buhre, Buddy Elias, Hannelore Holger, Vadim
Glowna, Mechthild Grossmann, Irm Hermann and many others. The »Bremen
Style« represents a particular development of theatre in Germany,
a particular quality linked to the break with conventions of seeing
and to the confrontation with the audience and politics.
Following his intense tenure in Bremen, Hübner relocated
to Berlin and the Freie Volksbühne. He has worked independently
since 1986, writing and teaching at Munich's Theatre Academy
among other places. Today, Kurt Hübner is 88. The ITI is pleased
to honour his life's work on the occasion of World Theatre
Day, 27 March 2005.
The ITI plans to present the award at a ceremony in June of this
year in conjunction with "Theater
der Welt. A Festival of the ITI and the Staatstheater Stuttgart".