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Arbeiterinnen 1 Foto Isabel Robson Arbeiterinnen 1 Foto Isabel Robson
Arbeiterinnen 1 Foto Isabel Robson

Arbeiterinnen / Pracujace kobiety

by werkgruppe2

A dramatic portrait of three generations of women from working-class families in the Ruhr area and Lower Silesia

Cooperation with werkgruppe2, Schauspiel Essen and Teatr Polski – w podziemiu

World premiere

The existential threat of social decline is experienced very differently in various European countries. werkgruppe2, a theatre collective fiercely committed to depicting the realities of social minorities and outsiders, highlights working-class tales of decline in its latest project. Set over the course of three generations in the Ruhr area and Lower Silesia, this production traces the catastrophic impact of de-industrialisation on traditional mining areas.

How do the spectres of unemployment, poverty, and structural change affect existing role models, skilled professions, and family alliances? Based on interviews with German and Polish working-class women, werkgruppe 2 creates an unforgettable theatrical experience that combines documentary elements with theatre and music to give a glimpse into the shared female experience of a disappearing way of life.

Arbeiterinnen Foto Lea Dietrich Isabel Robson
Foto: Lea Dietrich, Isabel Robson

Supported by the Goethe Institute’s Internationalen Koproduktionsfonds. Sponsored by Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste, Stadt Recklinghausen, Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit.