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interactive, hybrid performance
Co-production of fringe ensemble, Bonn, and Platform Tiyatro, Istanbul.

With Julia Goldberg, David Fischer, Manuel Klein, Laila Nielsen, Philip Schlomm
Concept, artistic direction Ceren Ercan, Frank Heuel, Mark Levitas, Annika Ley, Fehime Seven
Direction Frank Heuel
Virtual design, stage, costumes Annika Ley
Game development, design Fehime Seven
Dramaturgy, Text Ceren Ercan
Sound design Ömer Sarıgedik

Assistance Lutz Ackermann
Technical advice Patrick Kirsch
Production Management Jennifer Merten

From 2020 to 2022, performances took place in both hybrid and purely digital forms. As German, Turkish and English versions.
Map to Utopia was invited to several international festivals.

In October 2022, we have also planned an international, one-day professional conference entitled.

Hybrid Playground – Sharing Spaces


Cities should open up opportunities, connect people to new people,
free us from the narrow confines of tradition – in a word,
the city should deepen experience.

Richard Sennett

The future of our planet will be decided in the cities. How does the coexistence of cultures work? What form of democracy enables the participation of many and how does exchange between groups occur? While dealing with these questions, the team of the fringe ensemble and the Istanbul-based Platform Tiyatro landed again and again on the topic of how society and the individual deal with barriers. What do they mean for life in the city, how do they influence the inner structure, and how can we succeed in dismantling them, at least partially?

Using the cosmopolitan metropolis of Istanbul as an example, the team developed a fictitious cityscape with four districts and invites visitors to get to know them through the stories of fictitious biographies of people living there. Guided by five performers byfive performers, participants slip into the roles of people who live or work here, meet others, and exchange ideas.

The performance is interactive and hybrid: one can participate both in the theater and digitally on the screen at home.

“What remains is the amazing feeling of having stepped outside the door again and having looked a bit beyond one’s own nose.” (General-Anzeiger Bonn)


Please read through this technical information:

You will need a smartphone to participate in the theater. For online participation additionally a PC or a tablet. Please keep in mind that only one person can participate in front of a screen at a time.

Your smartphone should either be an Android with at least operating system 4.1 or higher or an iPhone with at least operating system iOS 11. Please also remember that you still have free data capacity on your smartphone.

If you have purchased a ticket to attend Zoom, you will receive your own check-in time approximately 2 days prior to the event, which will be no more than one hour before the performance begins.

Supported by: Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, Kunststiftung NRW, NRW Kultursekretariat, NEUSTART.KULTUR within the framework of KULTUR.GEMEINSCHAFTEN, a program of the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Photos: Tanja Evers

Since 2019, we have been steadily developing the performance. The result is a German, a Turkish and an international version as well as a hybrid and a purely digital version. To date, we can look back on 30 performances that have taken place in Bonn, in Münster in hybrid form and in digital space. MAP TO UTOPIA was invited to international festivals: İstanbul Tiyatro Festivali, European Culture Days Karlsruhe, international, A.MAZE Berlin. MAP TO UTOPIA was awarded the Human Machine Award at the international festivalA MAZE./BERLIN. Invitations to symposia such as Play Perform Learn Grow 2021 or Next Level – Festival for Games followed.