Cyprus Mail

Removing separation

By Maria Gregoriou

This year marks 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell. While Berlin had its celebratory activities to mark the epic event last month, the German Schools: Partners Cyprus (PASCH) for the Future will be marking the event on Tuesday with a student specific performance entitled Chronicles of a Division.

The site specific performance, which will be held at the museum of the Pancyprian Gynasium, resulted from a series of theatre workshops aimed at raising young people’s interest in the German language and to raise awareness about modern day Germany and its history, customs and culture.

Fifteen students participated in the workshops held at the museum, where an authentic result could be created. These five Sunday workshops were led by director Achim Wieland, who conducts a number of workshops throughout the year and also gives lectures at national and international institutions and award winning actor Marios Ioannou. The pair’s aim was to form an interesting experience for the students firstly and then share this experience with the audience.

PASCH explains what we are to expect on stage and in doing so, compares the borders on both sides of the wall with the separating lines on our island, by stating “It is a journey into time and space regarding the wall and the forceful separation of human beings, a phenomenon continuing to exist worldwide, last, but not least in Cyprus.”

The performance is the outcome of the PASCH’s initiative, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Cyprus and the Ministry of Education.

Chronicles of a Division
Performance to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. December 9. The Museum of the Pancyprian Gynasium, Agiou-Ioannou and Thiseos Street, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Free. In different languages. Tel: 22-466014

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