We Play Again!

Dear audience!

Since September, we are performing live again at HELIOS Theater! All performance dates can be found here.

Also, the Children's and Youth Theatre Workshops have startet again. t is still possible to join. Just contact the theatre office!

We are looking forward to meeting and experiencing theatre together again!

New Production: "Früh Stück"

A new play for everybody 3+ has been created: 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 project mapping, funded by the European Union. The play premiered on Sunday, September 12th at 4:00 pm. The next perfomance dates will be in November. More information about Früh Stück can be found here.

Touching and Moving - Plays and Professional Talks

What connects art and nature? Why are both so important for children? How can nature be represented in theater?

HELIOS Theater will be hosting an exchange on these and other questions from October 1-3: performances of H2O and HARVEST (Theater o.N., Berlin) can be watched. In addition, reports from the field will provide impulses for thinking together about nature, play and art. The exchange is open to all interested parties from art, pedagogy and beyond. It takes place within the framework of the project "Touching and Moving" by Theater o.N. and HELIOS Theater. Information about the programme is available here.

New Production for Young People: Friedl Dicker

A new production for young people 14 + and up explores the life of Friedl Dicker and her time.

In the 1920s, many things were possible: after the First World War, Europe was on the move, a variety of new art movements emerged, women fought for new freedoms, emperors were deprived of their power and democracies were established. Friedl Dicker wanted to create, to become an artist. She made it to the famous Bauhaus, founded an architecture firm, painted and worked as an art teacher. After the Nazis seized power, she was imprisoned as a communist, then went into exile in the Czech Republic. As a Jew, she was deported - first to Theresienstadt, where she taught art to children, and then in 1944 to Auschwitz, where she was murdered.

The new play will premiere in January. Already in autumn, the ensemble will give first insights into the production and the historical backgrounds: The "pre-premiere" is on Saturday, October 30th at 7:00 pm. All dates, including mornings, can be found here. More information about the production can be found here.


hellwach digital: International Theatre Festival

From June 9-13, the HELIOS Theater and five towns of the Hellweg region presented the international theatre festival for young audiences, hellwach digital. The festival was a great success! It offered a programme for families, kindergartens, schools, and professional visitors and invited everybody to watch, enjoy, reflect, exchange and get creative themselves. Eight interdisciplinary theatre productions from all over Europe, from India and Mexico were presented online. Schools and kindergartens took the opportunity to watch theatre online. For some plays, digital and live workshops for school classes took place. The full programme can still be found on the hellwach pages. The talks in the international exchange programme are still online and can be watched on youtube.

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.

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

In 2020, a co-production of a common play together with Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust from Delhi (India) was planned. Instead, the two ensembles of HELIOS Theater and Katkatha 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 created the fairytale The Monster of Tilapur, first as a digital live performance, with cameras and paper miniatures. It premiered online in September 2020.


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.