PROTEST4 / interview









PROTEST4 / documentary devised theatre, 2020, 120min, German and English

Theater Erlangen, premiere 12.09.20 

Winning concept of the Regienachwuchswettbewerb 2020 (young stage direction contest) at Theater Erlangen / Vol. IV Umbrüche

supported by Goethe Institute Chile

concept and directed by Anastasija Bräuniger


PROTEST 4 is trying to come closer to grasping what it means to decide to protest. Part of the research taking place before the rehearsal phase in Erlangen will consist in getting to know young protesters from Beirut, Santiago de Chile, Hong Kong as well as Erlangen via skype, telegram, mail, social media etc. PROTEST4 takes focus on the personal stories of the young protesters and their relation to the social movements. Through that lens we hope to make visible and come closer to understand the context in which the protests take place. Secondly, this perspective allows to make visible and experience the individual and shared protest cultures: the different and shared aesthetics, sounds, rituals etc. 

The recurring basic question of PROTEST4 is: What would prompt me – actor, theatermaker, member of the audience – to take to the streets. What kind of circumstances, events, coincidences make a person change from being a (mere) observer to being an active protester? And what can we learn here from each other – geographical, national and cultural borders notwithstanding?


Extract from Nachtkritik / the Regienachwuchswettbewerb 2020 (young stage direction contest) jury's statement :

"The concept is convincing on several levels: It is theatrical, open to real encounters, pursues a concrete political approach yet manages to appear both playful and light. The concentrated energy, the uncompromising seriousness, the curiosity about other people and their lives and last but not least the humour of the submitted concept give hope for a project that manages to connect and enrich different people in different countries.”




concept and directed by

concept and dramaturgy

stage / costume / video

music / sound


Max Mehlhose-Löffler, Nina Lilith Völsch,

E, Bernard Hage, Amanda Tapia Levi

Anastasija Bräuniger

Linus Lutz

Louis Caspar Schmitt

Josefine Lukschy und Alexander Meurer

Bernard Hage, Nicolás Lange, Amanda Tapia Levi, Linus Lutz, Ensemble and others