War in Peace

Esra Rotthoff

Lately it has been increasingly observed, in both domestic and international affairs, how hate culture is being nurtured for the purpose of substantiating claims to power. The peaceful coexistence of many is being jeopardized by the interests of the few through staged conflicts, and escalated into (civil) war. War has become a fluid concept, ever-present even in times of peace.

From spring 2017 through summer 2018, Ebru Nihan Celkan (Istanbul), Sivan Ben Yishai (Tel Aviv), Anastasya Kosodyi (Saporischschja), and Mehdi Moradpour (Berlin) focused on topics that relate to "War in Peace". Starting with a writing lab at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and exchange forums with civil society activists in Turkey, Israel and Ukraine, they investigated the following questions: For whom does the peace in their country mean war? Which wars are not being talked about? What part do the arts play in times of change?

The founders of the New Institute for Drama (NIDS), Maxi Obexer and Sasha Marianna Salzmann, served as facilitators of the collaboration between the playwrights. The resulting works were presented in dramatic readings at the Future of Europe Festival 2018 at Schauspiel Stuttgart and during the 2018/19 season opening at the Maxim Gorki Theater’s Studio Я.

“War in Peace” has been a collaborative project of Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB), the Maxim Gorki Theater/Studio Я, the New Institute for Drama (NIDS), and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, supported by Schauspiel Stuttgart.