is a new emerging artistic concept born in Berlin by an idea of Chiara Rossini. Its name is due to her personal experience as emigrated, but also to a particular idea of theatre: Theatre is another world, governed by others rules, a space where unordinary things can happen. Within its borders we are all strangers looking for intimacy and dignity. Nevertheless the idea of the Project was also inspired by a movie: Welcome is a film of Philip Loiret. It tells the story of a clandestine that tries to overpass the English Channel by swimming because he wants to join his lover.
At the moment the company is composed by four artists based in Germany and coming from different countries of origin. The first group’s production is Intime Fremde. The performance had its première in Novmber 2015 at Acker Stadt Palast in Berlin. Intime Fremde is produced by Teatro del Lemming (Italy), in collaboration with TATWERK I Performative Forschung of Berlin.
Theatre is the place of estrangement; the place where ordinary things also become something else, symbols. In the theatrical Universe the spectator is by definition “the stranger”, the one who has to interpret symbols and unknown languages. And as an interpreter, he is an active and essential fragment of scene and action. In the theatrical game actors and spectators are symbols of an identity that cannot be given without the encounter with one another. Nevertheless theatre is as well the safe place where actors and spectators can experience a “public intimacy”.Playing theatre, actors have the opportunity to experiment others identities, to contain diverse personalities, emotions, reasons. They have the chance to “walk in someone else’s shoes”, finding connections and similarities.
Ela Cosen was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She studied Sociology at the University of Bielefeld and went on to the State University of New York Albany with a Fulbright scholarship in 2009. Following her graduate degree in Sociology, she studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. She has performed for various theatres like the Volksbühne Berlin, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, appeared as a guest performer at Deutsches Theater Berlin, as well as„off-theatre“ productions. She has acted in movies, webseries, and does voice-over work.
Chiara Rossini started working as professional actress very young making her apprenticeship in the experimental Teatro del Lemming’s Company. She has been named twice for the Italian Ubu prize as Best actress under 30. During the years she leaded, together with the Company’s director Massimo Munaro, many workshops around Italy and abroad: Biennale of Venice, Universities of Turin and Cosenza, Festivals, etc. She signed the co-direction of the last spectacle of the Lemming’s theater : “Juliet and Romeo. Letters from the liquid world”. She is also working at the publication of the book about Teatro del Lemming’s original theater method “The five senses of the actor”.
Aurora Kellermann studied Acting at Centro Internazionale La Cometa and later Theater Science in Rome. In 2007 she moved to Berlin, where she has since participated in many different projects in institutional theaters as well as in the independent scene of the city. In her work she questions the distribution of power and its dynamic, her focus lies on the margins of society. From “EVA.” (2007), where the first woman finally takes possession of her own actions by re-writing the story of Genesis – to the figure of the terrorist, object of “E.C.F.C.” (2008 by AKR), in which the borders between thought and action as a physical event are discussed. Her last production “WHAT’S LEFT OF – performative Dokumentation über Sexarbeit” (2013) was awarded the production prize MOVIN’UP 2012 by the Italian Ministry of Education and the Arts and realized in collaboration with Ballhaus Ost. Since November 2014 she is the artistic director together with Chris Wohlrab of the studio TATWERK | PERFORMATIVE FORSCHUNG in Berlin.