In development.

coming 2021.
THE MONOLOGUES TOUCH, CREATE CLOSENESS, MAKE ANGRY AND NAME WAYS TO GET INVOLVED. THEY RESIST THE DEHUMANIZATION OF THIS TRAGEDY. THEY FOCUS ON THE STORIES OF THOSE AFFECTED.
TRAGEDY CREEPS IN BEFORE IT STRIKES WITH FULL FORCE.
TRUE STORIES FULL OF SUFFERING, DEATH, BUT ALSO HOPE.
A POWERFUL, TOUCHING PIECE OF THEATRE.
IT iS VERY POWERFUL WHAT NAOMIE, JOE, SELMA AND YASSIN ARE SAYING. ABOUT PEOPLE DROWNING SILENTLY IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES. OF TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES THAT RECUR IN THEIR DREAMS. OF THE FEAR OF FATAL DECISIONS.
THE PLAY RESONATES FAR BEYOND THE EUROPEAN CONTEXT. 
IN HIS DOCUMENTARY PIECE MEDITERRANEAN migration MONOLOGUES, MICHAEL RUF GIVES A VOICE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE FLED TO EUROPE ON A RISKY PATH.
The MEDITERRANEAN MIGRATION MONOLOGUES talk about political resistors, Naomie from Cameroon, and Yassin from Libya, who find themselves on a boat to Europe, about brutal “coast guards” and dubious rescue coordination centers, and about activists who are doing something against the dying in the mediterranean Sea. The ‘Alarmphone’ convinces the coast-guards to search for missing people, while other activists learn on board the Seawatch to preserve people from drowning – they do the most natural thing in the world, what is not certain any more in 2020: to save human life.
The Mediterranean Migration Monologues – Radio interview on RBB RADIO EINS
TRUTHFUL PLAY IN THE SCHAUSPIELHAUS.
MINIMALIST THEATRE PAR EXCELLENCE.
STIRRING MEMORANDUM AND IMPORTANT WARNING IN EQUAL MEASURE.
The play convinces through its tightness, does it without exaggerated drama and already touches through simple retelling.
The persons narrated condense to likable persons who gets degrated several times but are still strong enough to stick to life.
Empathy as weapon.
It crawls under one‘s skin.
let the relatives of the victims speak.
Empathy and distance at the same time.
A strong piece of theater.
Subtly directed and very meaningful.
DEEPLY PERSONAL AND HIGHLY POLITICAL.
ILLUMINATES A CURRENT CHAPTER OF GERMAN HISTORY IN A NEW MANNER.
A piece of truth which makes contemplative und also angry.
Away from the dock.
These testimonials really go under your skin.
THE NSU MONOLOGUES TELL OF THE YEARS Long STRUGGLE OF THREE FAMILIES OF NSU VICTIMS.
THE NSU-MONOLOGUES ARE DOCUMENTARY, WORD BY WORD THEATRE, SOMETIMES Cautious, SOMETIMES DEMANDING, SOMETIMES ANGRY – RAWly AND DIRECTly THEY GIVE US INTIMATE INSIGHTS INTO THE STRUGGLE OF THE RELATIVES FOR TRUTH.
The pioniers of „refugee theater“.
Unusual intense participation at each single fate.Multi-layered and inspiring insight which shows another horizon.
Theater for an open arms policy.
Michael Ruf dares with the „Asylum Dialogues“ an actual confrontational view on the experiences and sufferings.
Many soft-spoken, unexpected encounters which deeply move.An intense evening, a moving topic.
REFUGEES TALK BACK. THE STORIES ARE RAW AND IMMEDIATE.
Spectacular theater. Spectacular because of the very abstinence of sensations.
The play not only shows the injustice (…), it also shows a loophole, it shows how much can be reached.
THE ASYLUM DIALOGUES TELL about ENCOUNTERS THAT CHANGE PEOPLE, tell about COMMON STRUGGLES IN UNEXPECTED MOMENTS – ONE OF THESE STORIES TAKES PLACE IN th city of OSNABRÜCK, WHERE SINCE MARCH 2014 A BROAD ALLIANCE OF solidary people HAve Prevented more than 30 DEPORTATIONS so far AND HAS THUS BECOME A role MODEL FOR MANY NATIONWIDE…
WE HEAR THIS STORY FIRST HAND, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF TWO YOUNG ACTIVISTS WHO ARE FORCED TO PLAY CAT-AND-MOUSE WITH THE POLICE. THE STORY CONFRONTS US WITH THE QUESTION OF HOW MUCH COURAGE WE CAN DEVELOP WHEN INITIALLY LOOSELY CONNECTED POLITICAL ACTIVISTS BECOME GOOD FRIENDS.
An impressive success story.
Political theater that attempts to sensitize and agitate for its concern. And which is impressively successful doing this.
The audience is silent, completely silence.The spectators sit magnetized.
The performances shock and rise many questions for the audience.
Who has not dealt with the fate of refugees, receives a very good insight.
Intensives, oft schmerzliches, aber für Momente auch erstaunlich komisches und warm-menschliches Kopfkino. (…)
Große Wirkung.
Three very touching and shocking stories about resistance, the courage to face life and hope.
An ashaming conclusion for the allegedly perfect and attractive Europe and especially for Germany.
THE ASYLUM MONOLOGUES Talk about ALI FROM TOGO, AFFECTIONATELY CALLED “the PRESIDENT” BY FRIENDS, about FELLEKE FROM ETHIOPIA, WHO FIRST HAS TO WILLINGLY PREVENT ATTEMPTS AT DEPORTATION and afterwards RECEIVEs A HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD, AND about SAFIYE, WHO AFTER YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT IN TURKEY AND AN ABSURD REJECTION OF ASYLUM, makes THE MOST LIFE-AFFIRMING decision possible: giving LIFE TO A SON AND A DAUGHTER. 

Documentary theater

The Asylum Monologues, Asylum Dialogues, NSU Monologues and the Mediterranean Migration Monologues are so called „documentary theater“.

The writer Michael Ruf conducts interviews, which last several hours, sometimes several days.

These interviews are only shortened and condensed.

Nothing is added and the diction of speaking is maintained.

“Verbatim”, „word by word theater“.

It is, as if the actors directly speak to the audience, reach out with their hand to the spectators and draw them into a world which will not leave the audience cold any longer.

Intertwined, connected and linked with the protagonists of the play, the audience curiously follows the paths of the narrated stories.

When the actors whisper, remain silent, carefully throw a word into the room, from time to time become louder, raise their voices demanding or enraged, sometimes even almost screaming, then the sounds do not reach the spectators in an abstract manner, then the audience will be struck and touched directly and in all their physicality by what is said.

When the actress looks at the audience, then the audience will be involved in what they know and believe to have happened in reality.

Network of artists

A nationwide network of actors, actresses and musicians perform the several plays.

That’s why mostly regional artists perform the monologue pieces.

For a request to play in Hamburg we contact our artists from Hamburg. If an invitation comes from Munich, we call artists from Munich. And if we are invited to play in New York, we work with artists from New York.

This network is constantly growing, mostly through recommendations from already engaged artists.

In the last few years, about 500 artists have already become involved.

That’s how the productions can be brought to stage with comparatively little effort.

Thus, the travel distances are much shorter than with conventional tours – this makes the project resource-saving, environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Performances can be realized promptly and flexibly due to this network. New productions can be presented nationwide very quickly.

Performances in different cities are therefore also very different: since all actors and actresses with their very different and specific talents give the protagonists a voice, each performance becomes distinctive and unique.

About ‘Word and Heartbeat’

Michael Ruf as writer and director of the Asylum Monologues, Asylum Dialogues, NSU-Monologues and Mediterranean Migration Monologues has built up the association „Bühne für Menschenrechte“ („Actors for Human Rights Germany“).

Main element of this project was to assemble a nationwide network of actors, actresses and musicians as well as to bear his artistic signature of „word by word theatre“.

On 26th August 2019 Michael Ruf founded the organization „Wort und Herzschlag“ (Word and Heartbeat) gUG (limited liability) which has been officially recognised as a non-profit organization since 31st Octobre 2019.

So now he will present the plays with this organization and the mentioned network of artists. The work under the new label thus represents a continuation of his previous work of the last 11 years.

Testimonials

Michael Ruf brings moving stories of people who risked their lives on the Mediterranean Sea on stage.

And of those who stand by them unwaveringly.

An impressive contribution against looking and listening away.

Ramona Lenz

medico international

We listen far too little to those affected by racism.

It seems that we do not really want to deal with these realities.

This documentary theatre forces us to do so.

I have rarely seen theatre with such an impact.

Ruben Neugebauer

Sea-Watch

The Mediterranean Migratino Monologues brought out a real image of the happenings which refugees experience on their way to Europe, those who die as well as those who survive.

The dangers and traumas they experience.

It was very emotional, mind opening and educative

Bethi Ngari

Women in Exile

Stories that are forgotten are repeated again and again in other places, at other times and with other people.

‘Word and Heartbeat’ makes an essential contribution to ensuring that these stories are not repeated and that human rights are respected.

Anas Albasha

Revival of the peaceful Syrian peace movement

Theater conveys a deeper truth about what happened.

Directly, beyond the person and beyond his emotions.

Michael Ruf succeeds again and again with his plays in building bridges between the worlds.

David Schraven

CORRECTIV – Journalistic investigation for the society

Radio

The Asylum Monologues – Bayerischer Rundfunk – BR 5
The Asylum Monologues – NDR – Norddeutscher Rundfunk
The Asylum Monologues – Deutschlandradio Kultur
The Asylum Dialogues – Westdeutscher Rundfunk
The Asylum Dialogues – Hessischer Rundfunk – HR 2
The Asylum Dialogues – Hessischer Rundfunk – HR 2
The NSU Monologues – RADIO EINS – Chaos Computer Congress

Current supporters

2020 and 2021 the work of ‘Word and Heartbeat’ is made possible by:

UN Refugee Aid works worldwide to ensure the survival of refugees and protect their rights.

Engagement Global is the contact in Germany for civic and community involvement in development cooperation.

Brot für die Welt is an aid organisation of the Protestant regional churches and free churches of Germany.

The Catholic Fund promotes global church and development-related education and public relations work within Germany.

Charity Pot supports organisations and campaigns in favour of people, animals and the environment.

The Berlin Senate promotes the free theatre dance scene in Berlin in the field of ‘performing arts’.

The ‘Landesstelle für Entwicklungs-Zusammenarbeit’ (LEZ) is the central coordination office for development cooperation in the Land of Berlin.

The Hans Böckler Foundation deals with Co-determination, research linked to the world of work and the support of students on behalf of the DGB, the Confederation of German Trade Unions.

The ‘German Postcode Lottery’ supports projects in the fields of social equality, social cohesion, environmental protection and nature conservation.

The Democracy Promotion Fund is intended to support exemplary plans, ideas and projects that contribute to strengthening democracy.

The North German Foundation for Environment and Development (NUE) supports future projects in the sense of Agenda 21 in Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The Helle Panke – Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Berlin – promotes political education and the development of free and mature thinking and solidarity in a humanistic, democratic and cosmopolitan sense..

The Hauptstadtkulturfonds supports individual projects and events that are important for the federal capital Berlin, national and international charisma and are particularly innovative.

Previous support

The Asylum Monologues, Asylum Dialogues, NSU Monologues and Mediterranean Migration Monologues have been sponsored by these funders so far:

TV and Video

Dates

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE 

(Auszug)

Berlin Kreuzberg

19.1.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE 

(Auszug)

Berlin Hackesche Höfe Kino

bei Filmpremiere von ‘Operation Moonbird’

13.2.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE 

(Auszug)

Stiftung wannsee FORUM 

Berlin

9.3.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE 

(Auszug)

im Videostream bei der WDR3 Kulturambulanz

31.3.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE 


Radio-Ausstrahlung

OS Radio Osnabrück 

Berlin

26.3.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE 

bei “Lockdown – die Kontaktperson”

Berlin Holzmarkt und Video-Livestream

29.4.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Festival contre le racisme

Lüneburg

1:1 Telefon-Performance

4.6.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

(Auszug)

bei Unteilbar Kundgebung

“Band der Solidarität”

Moritzplatz Berlin

14.6.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

(Auszug)

bei Unteilbar Kundgebung

“Band der Solidarität”

Leipzig Eisenbahnstraße

14.6.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

(Auszug)

bei Mahnwache zum Internationalen Tag der Geflüchteten

Marktkirche Hannover

20.6.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Bundesweites Festival contre le racisme

1:1 Telefon-Performance

23.6.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

eingeladen von Eine Welt Netzwerk Thüringen

1:1 Telefon-Performance

15.7.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Festival contre le racisme Ulm

1:1 Telefon-Performance

19.7.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

beim djo-Sommertreffen

Feld-Wald-und-Wiesen-Schule in Gerswalde

21.7.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

bei Kundgebung vor Vertretung der Europäischen Kommission

Unter den Linden Berlin

25.7.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

eingeladen vom asta der Universität Köln

1:1 Telefon-Performance

29.7.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Sommercamp Berlin-Heiligensee

eingeladen von der DIDF-Jugend

5.8.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Sommercamp der Naturfreunde Jugend Berlin und Leipzig

1:1 Telefon-Performance

8.8.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Bahnhof Langendreer Bochum

eingeladen von Netzwerk Flüchtlinge Langendreer

10.8.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Interkulturelles Zentrum “Gertrud von Saldern”

eingeladen von Berlin-Brandenburgische Auslandsgesellschaft BBAG

26.8.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Schikaneder Kino Wien

eingeladen von Seebrücke Wien

7.9.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Literaturhaus Graz

eingeladen von Seebrücke Graz

9.9.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Stadtkirche St. Marien Greiz

Greizer Theaterherbst

14.9.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Heimathafen Neukölln

16.9.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Heimathafen Neukölln

17.9.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Kulturforum Fürth

eingeladen von Seebrücke Fürth

24.9.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Mut! Theater Hamburg

eingeladen vom Flüchtlingsrat Hamburg

26.9.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

T-Werk Potsdam

eingeladen vom Diakonischen Werk Potsdam

7.10.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Johanneskirche Freiburg

eingeladen von fairburg, iz3w, Südwind, resqueship und Flüchtlings-Seelsorge

13.10.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Die Börse – Soziokulturelles Zentrum Wuppertal

eingeladen von Seebrücke Wuppertal

15.10.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Heimathafen Neukölln

21.10.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Heimathafen Neukölln

22.10.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Esslingen

eingeladen von der Seebrücke Esslingen

23.10.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Zeughaus Wismar

26.10.2020

DIE NSU-MONOLOGE

Landtag Brandenburg in Potsdam

eingeladen von der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

5.11.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Theaterwerkstatt Schwäbisch Gmünd

eingeladen u.a. von der Jugendarbeit der Stadt Schwäbisch Gmünd

6.11.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Evangelisches Studierendenzentrum “Die Brücke” Essen

eingeladen von Seebrücke Essen

16.11.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Kulturmanufaktur

Gerstenberger Höfe

Frankfurt/Oder

18.11.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Theater Wrede Oldenburg

eingeladen von der Seebrücke Oldenburg

19.11.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Theater Wrede Oldenburg

eingeladen von der Seebrücke Oldenburg

20.11.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

(Auszug)

Zeche Carl

bei Preisverleihung des Ehrenamtspreises des Flüchtlingsrats Nordrhein-Westfalen

21.11.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Neue Stadthalle Langen

eingeladen vom Diakonischen Werk Offenbach-Dreieich-Rodgau

Schul-Aufführung

30.11.2020

DIE MITTELMEER-MONOLOGE

Neue Stadthalle Langen

eingeladen vom Diakonischen Werk Offenbach-Dreieich-Rodgau

30.11.2020

Previous cooperation partners

In the performances of the Asylum Monologues, Asylum Dialogues, NSU Monologues and Mediterranean Migration Monologues to date, there have been countless collaborations, including with:

Awards

The Asylum Monologues and the Asylum Dialogues have received the following awards:

Selected out of 284 applicants with first prize. The award values the work of artists who are engaged against racism and who shape diversity with creative means.

A concept outstanding in its simplicity.

Honoric speech of Friedhelm Boginski, Mayor of Eberswalde.

The Kathrin Buhl Award for work of development politics go to initiatives which projects put self-determination and societal participation into the center.

The play Asylum Monologues is a quiet theater play. It is not agitative, it only tells stories.

It is concrete, emphatically und very touching.

The performances so far have made a lot of difference.

In many cities, initiatives, groups and organizations were founded after the performances.

Honoric speech of Walter Hättig, Foundation ‘North South Bridges (2014)

Integration award of the diocesan of Berlin. This award should inspire to pave the way for a togetherness of people of different nationalities, religions, languages and cultures.

As professional actors narrate the biographies (…), the life stories gain intensity and forcefulness. The actors succeeded to bring the difficult topics of ‘refugees and asylum’ to the hearts of the audience in a profound and intense manner.

from the honoric speech (2012)

The Award values the commitment of projects which inspire others and trigger them to become active.

We consider it [The Asylum Monologues] as a very important project.

Honoric speech of Prof. Wolfgang Benz, former director of the ‘Center for Research about Antisemitism’ Berlin (2011)

Nationwide competition „Active for Democracy and Tolerance“ 2011

Venues

The Asylum Monologues, the Asylum Dialogues, the NSU Monologues and the Mediterranean Migration have been performed at these venues:

1 to 1 Telephone Theater

We don’t let Corona get us down and take unusual paths:

In a telephone performance an actor or actress calls you and offers you exclusively and personally – just for you – one of the stories from the Mediterranean Migration Monologues. A particularly intensive, unfiltered and direct encounter between you and the actor or actress.

In a second phone call, an activist will answer your questions on the topic and show you possibilities to become active.

Previous participants say: “great format, has something very intimate”, “very intense” and “I am still think about it a lot”.

If you would like to host a telephone performance yourself or be a participant (see “Dates”), please contact theater at wort-und-herzschlag.de

Actors for Human Rights United Kingdom

This Project, founded and developed by Christine Bacon, provided the inspiration for Michael Ruf´s work.

Bacon built a nationwide network of actresses, actors and musicians, who take a stand on Human Rights.

Both, Bacon and Ruf, are in regular collegial and creative exchange.

Contact


info at wort-und-herzschlag.de

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Impressum

Angaben gemäß § 5 TMG:


Wort und Herzschlag gUG

Geschäftsführer:

Michael Ruf


Kontakt:

E-Mail: info@wort-und-herzschlag.de


Wort und Herzschlag guG ist eingetragen im Handelsregister Charlottenburg, Registernummer HRB 211365 B. Das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I hat am 31.10.2019 einen Feststellungsbescheid für “Wort und Herzschlag guG” ausgestellt. Danach erfüllt die Satzung der Körperschaft die satzungsmäßigen Voraussetzungen nach den §§ 51, 59, 60 und 61 AO. Die Körperschaft fördert nach ihrer Satzung folgende gemeinnützige Zwecke: Förderung von Kunst und Kultur (§ 52 Abs. 2 Satz 1 Nr.(n) 5 AO).

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