2018 George Tabori Prize

On May 25, 2018, the George Tabori Prize was awarded for the 9th time by the Fonds Darstellende Künste for ensembles and artists from the independent theater scene. The six nominated groups were selected from more than 300 groups supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste over the past five years. With the most distinguished national award for ensembles and artists from the independent theater scene, the Fonds Darstellende Künste honored artistic expressions of particular brilliance.

Award Winners

The main prize, endowed with €20,000, was awarded to the theater collective copy & waste, which, according to the jury's statement, "seduces the audience with brilliant language, glamorous music, and the virtuoso play with artful plagiarism [...] to bitter lies and dazzling truth" and thus creates "a unique intellectual flic flac between discourse and the reality of life [...]".

The jury also honored the Berlin performance collective Turbo Pascal with the incentive award of €10,000, stating that Turbo Pascal "create moderated theatrical audience experiments, shift the perspectives of perception and lead the audience through different [...] worlds of imagination. Accordingly, rethinking and thinking differently is constantly up for discussion [...]. This results in courageous performances, with an enormous pull effect on the audience."

Award Ceremony

In her welcoming speech the Minister of State for International Cultural Policy, Michelle Müntefering, acknowledged the importance of the independent performing arts and awards such as the George Tabori Prize in terms of their international and intercultural significance.

The subsequent keynote speech by Jean Peters, co-founder of the action collective Peng, was also a plea for the German arts and cultural landscape to be used as a way to transcend borders, curb political trends and thus stand up for a fair civil society.

The laudatory speech for this year's prize winners, copy & waste, was given by the dramaturge and curator Katja Herlemann, and the former director of the festival steirischer Herbst and Vienna City Councillor for Culture, Veronica Kaup-Hasler. The laudatory speech for the winners of the incentive prize was given by the former artistic director of the Theater Freiburg and current dramaturge of the Ruhrtriennale, Barbara Mundel.

With his voguing performance, Eray Güray then demonstrated how the boundaries between art, subculture and gender identities can be crossed. Benedikt ter Braake and Yana Gottheil provided the musical framework for the evening, presenting arrangements by pianist and composer Kai Schumacher on violin and piano. The presenter and actress Kübra Sekin presided over the ceremonies throughout the evening.

2018 Award Jury