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27/29 January 2011, Potsdam: Afghanistan on stage again

AAN admin 2 min

At the gates of Potsdam – the residential town of Germany’s monarchy abolished in 1918 – lies a little village called Geltow. That’s where the Bundeswehr‘s Operational Command is based. In Potsdam itself, another German theatre production will deal with events in Afghanistan soon: ‘Potsdam-Kundus’ by Clemens Bechtel. Premiere night was on 12 January. Next performances: 27 and 29 January at 7.30 pm.

At the gates of Potsdam – the residential town of Germany’s monarchy abolished in 1918 – lies a little village called Geltow. That’s where the Bundeswehr‘s Operational Command is based. From there, also the German part of the current Afghanistan operation is coordinated. As a result of the increasing number of lethal attacks on Bundeswehr soldiers based in Northern Afghanistan and, in particular, the botched bombardement of two fuel tankers highjacked by Taleban on 4 September 2009, the discussion about Afghanistan has heated up in Germany. In this context, the term ‚war‘ cannot not longer be ignored even by those politicians who failed to do so until recently.

Potdam iself is the home of Hans Otto Theatre, a stage with a long tradition. Here, director Clemens Bechtel and chief dramatist Ute Scharfenberg are producing an evening of ‘documentary theatre‘ under the title ‘Potsdam-Kundus: The difficult path towards peace in Afghanistan‘.Opening night is on 12 January 2011.

The production will scrutinise the divergent facettes of Germany’s involvement in Afghanistan from the Petersberg conference in 2001 till today: apart from the deployment of some 5,000 soldiers, its contributions to state building, humanitarian relief and development cooperation, picking up the public discourse as well as and very personal perspectives. Amongst those interviewed for it was AAN Senior Analyst Thomas Ruttig. On stage, the theatre’s actors will be joined by some people who were actors in Afghanistan themselves.

Opening night is on 12 January 2011 at 7:30 pm at Hans Otto Theater Potsdam (Reithalle).
Following shows on 13 January, 27 and 29 January, same time
Please check under phone: 0049 (0)331 98118 or tickets here.

Hans Otto Theater Potsdam
Potsdam – Kundus
Der schwierige Weg zum Frieden in Afghanistan
Dokumentarischer Theaterabend /// Uraufführung
Buch und Regie Clemens Bechtel

Photo collage: Hans Otto Theater

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