I have stolen the headline! A few days ago posters appeared in my neigborhood – in German of cause, but if you translate it, that’s what you get – a perfect hook. I googled the lines, because I hoped to find out more about the compain, but till then it all doesn’t really make sense. Funny enough there actually is an eglisch website called www.iwanttohavetextwithyou.com, but I don’t think this one has anything to do with the German campain in Rostock. Anyway, while I was thinking about it I realized, that I work in Rostock since September 2017, but never really said much about my new employer: the Volkstheater Rostock. This is how the theater looks like (front and stage door side).
You might think “Mmmh, this doesn’t really look quiet like a modern theater.” Right! In fact the historical building was bombed in 1942 during WWII. The city back then decided that the theater should move into a former ballroom kind of building until the theater would be rebuild or a new one build. Unfortunatelly locale politicans never managed to agree on and stick to the new idea and here we are: still working in the interim arrangement environment. 76 years later and the 124 season ahead of us, we are still waiting for the decision to built a new theater in the biggest city of the province Mecklenburg Pomerania. Before the wall came down this theater had about 700 hundred employees. Nowadays we have about 300. The year still has 365 days and we still produce about the same number of productions (arround 30) to keep the Repertoir system of a 4 section theater buisness (Drama, Dance, Opera and Orchestra) – that the German theater landcape is famous for – runing. Due to these facts we are working under very difficult conditions. Bottom line is we are far away from working with technology that would match international standards nowadays (we don’t even have a goods elevator to get the decorations on stage – it’s all moved by man power) and it’s difficult to gain new audiences, but we love what we do and we will do it old school until we get the new building. For Rostock hopefully in 2025. The theaters in the east of Germany struggle a little more, if you ask me, but a lot of theaters in Germany need to be renovated in the next few years. Fire protection is a huge topic everywhere. The old buildings don’t match the new standards. Technical Directors I talked with wonder why all these problems that are obvious don’t play a bigger role at the Universities. Our theaters are under construction and theater management skills one needs for these processes seem to be the key in the future ahead of us – and let’s not forget that we want to produce ART as well.