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Sharifi, Azadeh (2018): Multilingualism and Postmigrant Theatre in Germany. In: Modern Drama, Vol. 61, No. 3: pp. 328-351
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Immigrants to Germany have fought for decades to be recognized in the countly's artistic sphere. In the German theatre, there was no such recognition before the beginning of the twenty-first century, when the opening of the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and the coining of the term postmigrant theatre" made multilingualism visible on stage as a practice of resistance and empowerment. This article focuses on how multilingualism has been used to mark theatrical space and empower artists of colour in the German theatre. By drawing a historical line from Feridun Zaimoklu's Kanak Sprak to the postmigrant theatre of the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and then analysing the queer performance piece Frutas afrodisiacas and Mehdi Moradpour's Mumien: Ein Heimspiel, this article explores how multilingualism and the creolization of the German language have transformed the German theatre.