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FRITZAHOI! is an independent theatre collective which was founded by Sophie Roeder, Sina Schmidt, Henning Mayer and Anna Repschläger in autumn 2015. Since then, Sophie Roeder, Sina Schmidt, Kristin Fabig and Maru S. Horning have become the captains of this ship. The crew wouldn’t be complete, however, without more than 13 artists lending a helping hand: Actors and actresses, musicians, stage and costume designers, a lighting designer and other creative minds ensure everything is smooth sailings, being mainly involved on the production side of things or working in press and public relations.

At the moment the main harbour for all our endeavours is the Rechenzentrum, an art and creative house in Potsdam. From there we would love to travel the whole world with our very own form of documentary music theatre. During our expeditions we mainly explore everyday (textual) materials far removed from the theatre, such as advertising texts, scientific works, contributions on social media platforms, blog posts or guidebook literature which we bring to the stage word for word. Nothing is too out there for us – the more absurd the source material found in reality, the better. After all, as we like to say: First there’s Dada, then there’s Gaga. Our approach is deconstructivist: We question the self-evident, pay attention to the casual, take the ridiculous seriously and often uncover the (spiritual) foundations of our society.

One of the guiding questions determining our course is how digital change affects our lives? We believe that the 21st century will bring upheavals in almost all areas that will pose new challenges to our self-understanding as individuals, to our notions of gender roles, to work and leisure organisation, and thus, above all, to our communication. In our opinion, new aesthetic and organisational forms of theatre are needed to adequately address these changes. Therefore, we attach great importance to the equal coexistence of our crew members and the areas of acting, music, stage, costume and text.

In order to come into contact with a truly diverse audience during our projects, we offer various workshop formats: During theatre pedagogical courses we work with participants on body language, voice and non-verbal communication or playfully develop content for our new productions with a cross-generational audience during our research formats. Experimenting with immersive forms of play complements our approach.

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