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Alongside the widely visible reconstructed façade of the Humboldt Forum at the site of prestigious architecture in the historic centre of Berlin, a second, almost completely blurred trace leads back into recent history: it is the short history of the Palace of the Republic, which lasted from laying the foundation stone in 1973 until the demolition of the building in 2008.

The approximately 30 years of existence of this GDR prestige building are at the centre of a theatrical journey through time in which the history of the “Palace for the People” comes to life. The theatre piece BUILD UP! TEAR DOWN! explores its significance as a cultural, political and identity-forming place.

100 Berliners bring the Palace of the Republic back to life at its historical location. An ensemble of citizens, contemporary witnesses and choirs in cooperation with the Ernst Busch University of the Performing Arts and the Hanns Eisler School of Music resurrect the building in a sensual theatre happening and vividly bear witness to the traces that this vanished place has left behind.




Artistic management team


In cooperation with

Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch


Bulgarian Voices
Ernst-Busch Chor
Belongs to
Blown Away
The Palace of the Republic
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