Table-Talks - Active Alienation at the Table

topic: "Tradition and Customs"
Moderation: Bernd Mand
Open Discussion
Tue 22. Sep / 18 h / Alte Feuerwache
Admission free

Tradition and rituals are still shaping our lives. Yet many of those historic customs strike us as alien and are often considered as backward and reactionary habits. A discussion about preconceptions and possibilities.

Gast: Simon Mayer (Choreography, Dance, “Sons of Sissy”)


On the greenfield site, in the backyard or simply on the pavement – the format distances itself from the classical audience discussion when we dispute, tinker and fabulate. While dining together at different places across the city, the table talks track the alien in our everyday life. We get to question our own habits and familiarities from traditional customs to pets. We search the unknown in ourselves, the alien in paradise and the possible impossibilities of overcoming alienation.

The discussions will be in German! If there should be bad weather we provide a "weather-safe-alternative".


BERND MAND (b. 1978) studied European Art History and History in Heidelberg. He lives and works as a freelance journalist and author in Mannheim. Since 2010 he also works as a jury member in the resort of festival and project-promotion for the German Youth-Theatre Prize of Baden-Württemberg and the Regional Association of Free Theaters in Baden-Württemberg. Furthermore he functions as guest critic (for example at the Theatre-Days of Baden-Württemberg in Freiburg 2009, „Schöne Aussicht“ - International Children and Youth Theatre-Festival in Stuttgart 2010) as well as curator (“Augenblick Mal!” - Theatre-Festival for a Young Audience, organized by the children and youth theater-centre of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013 and 2015).