HELIOS Theater is closed temporarily

Dear audience!

Until at least beginning of March, HELIOS Theater is closed. Performances are not taking place.

Meanwhile, the rehearsals of the youth theatre workshop and the europefiction group are taking place online.

We hope the best for the coming months. The planned performance dates can be found here. We are looking forward to meeting you and experiencing theatre together again!

Small Size Days 2021: At Eye Level

From 29.-31. January, the international Small Size Days took place: Three days in which theatre makers all over the world focused on very young children and art for them.
This year, the Small Size Days mainly happened online. Shows were streamed and video reflections on the work for very young audiences were shared. HELIOS Theater made a video: Starting from the film experiment "Eye Level 70" by Michael Lurse (2005), the ensemble members discussed and questioned the concept of "Eye Level". What is "Eye Level"? Is there a possibility of eye level between children and adults? If yes, how? The video "At Eyelevel" can still be watched on vimeo here.


New Production: "Früh Stück"

A new play is in the making, for everybody 3+: In "Früh Stück" two performers explore the world of sound. They invite the audience to a "Früh Stück" - which can be literally translated as "breakfast" or as an "early piece" - for all senses. The production is created in the international research project mapping, funded by the European Union. The public premiere will take placen on Sunday, 25th April 2021 at 4:00 pm. More information about "Früh Stück" can be found here.

Co-Production with Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust from Delhi (India)

This year, it was planned to produce a play together with Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust from Delhi (India).. Instead, the two ensembles found a different form of working together: They created two plays for children in India and Germany, in close digital exchange with each other. For HELIOS Theater, this was the performance "Curtain Up!".

The ensemble of Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust tells the fairytale "The Monster of Teelapur" with miniatures made of paper and live cameras. After the premiere of the English version at Jairangam online Festival, it is now possible to watch the online performance on youtube:

hellwach: international theatre festival in June 2021!

From Juni 5-13, hellwach, the international theatre festival for young audiences, will take place in the Hellweg region! International artists from all over Europe and from other continents will present their shows for children, young people and adults in Hamm and four other towns of the region. The programme will be published by the end of March. We hope it will be possible to realise the festival without major constraints in the programme - and for the children and young people of the region, to experience the performances by the international artists!

"Curtain Up!"

"Curtain Up!"was and is our chosen motto for this season. On 4th of October, a new play by this title celebrated a very successful premiere despite the circumstances given by Corona. It invites people aged 5+ to experience theatre and its endless possibilities. Directed by Barbara Kölling, the players Bahar Sadafi and Mamadoo Mehrnejad step on stage, tell a story, change perspectives...

You can find more information about the play here. All performance dates can be found here.

"CIRCLES" is "Children's Theatre of the Month"

The latest production for everybody 2+, CIRCLES, was priced "Children's Theatre of the Month" by the Kultursekretariat NRW. This year, it will tour different towns in the land of Northrine-Westfalia. Also, it is invited to two international theatre festivals in Belgium: Pépites Festival in Charleroi and the festival of Théâtre Montagne Magique in Brussels.

More information about CIRCLES can be found here.

Theatre Award of the Federal Republic of Germany for HELIOS Theater!

HELIOS Theater has received the Theatre Award of the Federal Republic of Germany! The news got to us while WOODBEAT was on tour in Denmark and the europefiction group Hamm was visiting its partner group in Hungary.

The jury installed by the federal cultural minister Monika Grütters pays tribute to eleven small and medium-sized theatres throughout Germany for outstanding activities, both in their artistic programme and in their local, regional and international cultural projects. The award ceremony took place in Gera on May 27th. We are very proud and happy about this important award!

International Exchange

MAPPING - a big international research project!

Since 2006, HELIOS Theater has been an active partner in the EU-funded „small size“ projects. The projects were dedicated to the international exchange about and development of performing art for audiences aged 0 to 6.

In 2018, the European Union accepted a new project: 19 theatres and festivals from 17 different countries are part of "MAPPING". The focus is set on artistic exchange and scientific research about several theatrical means of expression in the theatre for the very young. We are thrilled to be a part of this project! You can find more information about "MAPPING" and our work for the very young here and on the project's website

Intensive exchange with artists in India, Nigeria and South Africa

The special approach in the theatre for the very young that director Barbara Kölling and puppeteer Michael Lurse have developed since 2005 has received a lot of interest around the world. In 2015, Barbara Kölling started giving international mentoring workshops for professional artists about the theatre for the very young with materials.

Theatre makers from India, South Africa and Nigeria have initiated intensive mentoring programmes, such as Magnet Theatre (Cape Town) and Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust (India). From these programmes, about 20 theatre pieces for children aged 2+ have evolved. They are artistically dealing with materials like paper, clay, wool, stones, wood and plastic in a wide variety of ways. The performances are playing in their respective cities, are invited to festivals and tour internationally. For the HELIOS Theater, these workshops mean an intensive and fruitful exchange with theatre artists from India and African countries and their artistic approaches. You can read more about the mentoring projects here.


Book: "About the Work of HELIOS Theater"

To the 25th anniversary of the founding of HELIOS Theaters, a book on the history and work of the company was published in 2014. The book is a collection of thoughts by current and former members of the ensemble photos and interviews, thoughts on the concept, detailed examinations of the productions for the Very Young. Publisher is "Kunststiftung NRW", an important foundation for the arts in Northrhine Westfalia, which celebtrated its 25th anniversary in the same year. The book can be ordered in the theatre office of HELIOS Theater.


Film: „Woolgathering“

The short documentary follows the ensemble of HELIOS Theater in its research on the material wool. It develops its own, videographic view on the material. The focus is not on the making of the production, but rather on the relation between material, artists and audience. In the making of the production "Follow the Yarn" for everybody 2+, the HELIOS ensemble was accompanied by two young film makers of Ruhruniversität Bochum: Stoyan Radoslavov and Damian W. Gorczany.

You can order the film in the theatre office.