Theatre Award of the Federal Republic

In 2019, HELIOS Theater has received the Theatre Award of the Federal Republic of Germany. 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. We are very proud and happy about this important award!

News

We Are Performing!

We are going on performing live at HELIOS Theater! All performance dates can be found here.

Currently, our performances will take place under "2G": adults need to bring a proof of vaccination or recovery. Tests are not be valid. Children and young people up to 15 years of age are exempt from the rule. Thank you for your understanding.

More information about the theatre visit can be found on hygiene measures.

New Production for Young People: Friedl Dicker

A new production for young people 14+ explores the life of Friedl Dicker.

In the 1920s, many things were possible: after World War I, Europe was on the move, a variety of art movements emerged, women fought for their rights, democracies were established. Friedl Dicker wanted to create, to become an artist. The play tells her story - of the famous Bauhaus and resistance, of being a woman and an artist, of teaching art to the children in the KZ Theresienstadt.

The new play will premiere in January. Already in December, the ensemble gives insights into the production. All dates can be found here. More information about the production can be found here.

 

Latest Production for children 3+: "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.

Showcase: Theatre for young children

What can theatre for young children be like?

From April 3-10, we present three different performances from our repertoire. as showcase: CIRCLES, WOODBEAT and Früh Stück. In addition, we invite educators for a workshop on the possibilities of material for the play in th kindergarten.

More information on the showcase can be found here.

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 www.mapping-project.eu.

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.

Publications

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.