WEHR51, based on performative postdramatic arts and closely connected with other arts/artists, was founded in 2019 in Cologne/Berlin and is directed by director Andrea Bleikamp and dramaturge and author Rosi Ulrich. WEHR51 has its origins in the wehrtheater (2000-2018) and the theater-51grad (2001-2018).
Since 2012, Rosi Ulrich and Andrea Bleikamp have been linked by a continuous cooperation which has resulted in a number of successful productions. One of the first joint productions was "Rockaby" for wehrtheater/Andrea Bleikamp, which was nominated for the Cologne Dance Theatre Award in 2015. Furthermore, for the theater-51grad "ERSCHÖPFTE DEMOKRATIE" (2016), a theatre evening as applied utopia research at the Max Planck Institute, BLUR (2017) 6 miniatures on fuzziness were created under the artistic direction of Sergej Maingardt, Jens Standke, Andrea Bleikamp and Rosi Ulrich for three evenings. In November 2018 THE INFLUENCER - a cyber-thriller about power and influence at the Orangerie Theater - premiered. In addition, the theater-51grad appeared as co-producer for the production HEROES in early 2018.
The successful cooperation has induced the two theatre makers to produce under one roof from 2019 and to bring the two theatres together: The WEHR51!
The WEHR51 and its productions are supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne with multi-year project funding, the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia with conceptual funding and the RheinEnergieStiftung KULTUR. We thank!