Studio theatre of the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art

To the present day the appearance of Berlin is still marked by war-time damage. Firewalls and vacant gaps still feature on the face of the German capital. The present studio theatre of the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art was built as a dance hall in 1890 and later served as a backyard cinema in the 1920s. The bombing during the Second World War exposed the interior of the block, revealing an ensemble that is today a listed monument. The renovation was to be used to create a laboratory space that offers the students plenty of opportunities for aesthetic and spatial experiments and new kind of narratives. The design by Ortner & Ortner Baukunst therefore envisages the creation of more open space and flexibility by removing unnecessary boundaries. The auditorium and parts of the side wing were completely gutted. Unnecessary internal walls, columns, and suspended ceilings were removed. The new spatial sequence incorporates the working life of the theatre both functionally and in spatial terms. Together the reorganised entrance situation and the large foyer with its restrained white surfaces and red screed floor prepare for the studio stage in an appropriate way. Through the materials used the second foyer provides a transition to the studio stage, which is made as a black box. The students can adapt the fittings flexibly, they can use the stage equipment themselves and operate it from the theatre space. The red brick walls were stripped of plaster and now offer both hard-wearing display surfaces and a background for performances.

Video https://youtu.be/2asIifk-B64

Country/Region Berlin, Germany

Designer Ortner&Ortner Baukunst (DE)

Project Collaborators
Project Leader and Managing Partner: Roland Duda
Project Leader: Tobias Ahlers
Architect: Nino Schiddel

Video Collaborators
Creator, Concept and Editing: Alma Grossen
Directing Teacher, bat Studio Theatre: Britta Geister
Actors: Students of the Ernst Busch Academy of Performing Arts
Technical Team bat Studio Theatre: Stephan Hannemann

Additional Collaborators
Hannah Naumann, Markus Müller, Alexandra Spitsa

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