"Discovered something?" - This is the motto the Federal Association for Theater Education used to stage the sixth German Kids' Theater Festival in cooperation with the Young Ensemble Stuttgart as part of the ongoing "Kids do Theater" conference.
Kids' theater groups from Germany and German-speaking countries with young actors aged between six and twelve were able to apply. Productions of all kinds were welcome, including dance, music, or puppet theater. Six groups in all were nominated for the performances.
This well-known event took place in October 2014 in Stuttgart and included international guest performances, performance-related talks and discussions as well as special workshops for children.
To accompany the kids' theater festival "Ways into Theater", ASSITEJI, an international theater association of kids and young people in Germany, staged a symposium in collaboration with the Kids' and Youth Theater Center of the Federal Republic of Germany. Experts put the kids' theater work on a par with that of "adult theater".
From May 14 to 17, 2015, the motto of "Alles was Recht ist?! – Theater – Kunst –und Mehr in 4 Laboren“ ["Everything That Works?! Theater - Art - and More in Four Labs"] set the stage for the Mai-Akademie, a new event which was put on as part of the cultural education from Junges Ensemble Stuttgart (JES).
There were four test labs featuring different forms of art, allowing participants to experiment, watch, mix and combine them into something new. Each of the labs was headed by a drama educator from JES and an art practitioner from the areas of media art, music and sound, costume design and dance. For the young people and young adults involved, process-oriented work was just as much of a focus here as creating a representative, artistic end product.
Theater - Art - and More in Four Labs
As part of its social and cultural commitment, Daimler supported Junges Ensemble Stuttgart with a donation to help it run its Mai-Akademie as well as the sixth German Kids' Theater Festival.