hellwach: international theatre festival in June 2021!

From June 9-13, the HELIOS Theater and five towns of the Hellweg region present the international theatre festival for young audiences, hellwach. The festival is taking place digitally this year. "hellwach" holds a programme for families, kindergartens, schools, and professional visitors and invites them to watch, enjoy, reflect, exchange and get creative themselves. Interdisciplinary theatre productions from all over Europe, from India and Mexico will be presented online and can be watched for two weeks, starting from June 9th.

The full programme can be found on the hellwach pages.

Booking tickets is possible from now on! Tickets for all productions can be booked on Ticketino.

We are looking forward to a festival of digitally shared moments!

HELIOS Theater is closed temporarily

Dear audience!

HELIOS Theater is currently closed. Performances are not taking place.

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

We are working on shifting the international theatre festival "hellwach" into the digital space.

There will be live performance dates again on day, for sure!

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 internally in April 2021. We hope for performances with audience soon! More information about "Früh Stück" can already be found 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 Teelapur", first as an online performance, with live cameras and paper miniatures. We hope to be able to present the live version of the play at "hellwach" festival, for the first time in Germany!

Small Size Days 2021: At Eye Level

End of January, the international Small Size Days took place: 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. The ensemble members of HELIOS Theater made a video: Starting from the film experiment "Eye Level 70" by Michael Lurse (2005), they 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" is still online on vimeo here.


"Curtain Up!"

"Curtain Up!"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. In summer 2021 and in 2023, it will be presented in some towns in the land of Northrine-Westfalia. In May, 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.