International dance, music theater and performance festival for young audiences
From July 4th to 13th, 2022 the festival THINK BIG! in its ninth round and celebrates a festival of encounters for families, school classes and teachers.
In 22 performances, ten unexpected plays from seven countries come to the Schauburg and the Schwere Reiter, in schools and under the open sky in the middle of the city. The performances tell of life in turbulent times in strong images and loud like soft tones. The works of the guest ensemble give playful insight into diverse worlds and encourage. They stand for courageous self-empowerment, for joyful crossing of limits, for the joy of movement and for one’s own place in the world, which one sometimes has to create for oneself. The pieces surprise, highlight grievances, make people think and celebrate the community: in a fast-paced performance, Anne Nguyen’s par Terre Dance Company focuses on the “underdogs” who stir up society with soul music. BRONKS/Randi De Vieghe celebrates the ultimate optimized personality with five great quick-change artists in “The Happy Few”. The Munich choreographer Moritz Ostruschnjak turns the idea of the “ingenious artist” upside down in “Autoplay” with four virtuoso dancers. With “Roundabout”, the Zonzo Compagnie & ChampdAction take the exclusive audience into a magical world of images, movement and sounds. Second Hand Dance from England, already a guest at THINK BIG!, invites the very small audience* from 0-3 years to marvel with “We touch we play we dance” – it’s never too early to become a dance fan! The Max-Joseph-Platz in front of the State Opera becomes the stage for the Munich artists Simone Lindner, Barbara Galli-Jescheck and Lara Paschke: With their “playing pieces” the passers-by become part of the performance – who is performing, who is observing? In “Don’t go into the forest, the forest is in the forest”, Tabea Martin also poses questions that affect everyone with a great deal of pleasure in absurd phenomena: Who belongs, who is inside and there and who doesn’t? And the Belgian group Laika&hetpaleis tells the story of three men waiting for their relief in a lighthouse on an island in the middle of the sea. You ask yourself: Has the world forgotten us?
Since there were so many positive reactions to the REACH OUT program with performances in schools during the pandemic emergency last year, this module will also be expanded in 2022 and will include a lab for the exchange of students from Munich (theater studies, LMU) and Frankfurt (contemporary dance education , HFMDK) added. REACH OUT also offers audience discussions with artists, workshops for young people, dance and theater professionals and much more.
Artistic direction: Simone Schulte-Aladağ and Andrea Gronemeyer