Theater In English Arts & Sciences Newton Hooke Rivalry Comedy

Mi. 07.05.2014   18:45->English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center, Kreuzberg

Pre-performance lecture before the performance of 'Isaac’s Eye'

Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke meet onstage - Lucas Hnath wrote a comedy about this encounter which is receiving its European premiere in Berlin. Before the show you can attend a pre-performance lecture about scientific experiments in the 17th century.

1 Günther Grosser, Künstlerischer Leiter, English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center

Before the performance, director Günther Grosser will meet you in the foyer and briefly introduce his take on Hnath's piece and his work as an artistic director of English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center. The performance is preceded by a pre-performance lecture entitled The Airpump, the Prism, and Other Challenges: What Can We Learn From 17th Century Experiments? by Prof. Friedrich Steinle (Technische Universität Berlin).

Tickets for the performance (14/8 Euro) can be bought via English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center. Admission to the pre-performance is free.


6:45 pm – Meeting in the Foyer with Günther Grosser
7:00 pm – Pre-Performance Lecture
8:00 pm - Performance

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wann: Mi. 07.05.2014   18:45

wo: English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center
Fidicinstrasse 40, Kreuzberg, 10965 Berlin (Auf Stadtplan zeigen.)

About the venue:

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center is Berlin's only producing and presenting organization to use English as a working language. Theater is understood as a discursive form which brings together artists and audiences to reflect upon our shared city and the greater world we live in. One of the ongoing series produced by the theater is Science&Theatre, a transdisciplinary cooperation project at the interface between science and art: Isaac's Eye is the fifth project within the series. It combines ethical and social aspects of the natural sciences – as they are presented during young scholars’ studies – with the staging of science plays and science communication in theater.


About the piece:

'Isaac's Eye' by Lucas Hnath

With a strong foundation in scientific history, Isaac’s Eye playfully mixes the facts of Newton's life and his research on the structure of light with an equal dose of fiction. In doing so, it explores what great people are willing to sacrifice in order to become great people. Written by one of the most promising young playwrights currently writing in the United States, Isaac's Eye puts scientific history on stage and uses two distinct layers of time to juxtapose historic figures and events with our projections of history. And in doing so, Hnath has written an incredible comedy about the history of science.

About the Participants:

Günther Grosser, Prof. Regine Hengge and young scientists:

Since 2010, English Theatre Berlin has presented productions dealing with the topic of science. In preparing these, the director, dramaturg and actors, for whom scientific issues are fresh territory, cooperate with scientists and advanced science students, who step out of the lab to explore both potential social and ethical aspects of their work and the stage as an equally new medium for science communication. The performance itself is the final part of the project,  as a new means of science communication via the medium of theater. One of English Theatre Berlin's artistic directors, Günther Grosser, collaborates with Prof. Dr. Regine Hengge, who headed the Freie Universität’s Microbiology Unit from 1998 to 2013 and now holds a similar position at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin.

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