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Leute wie die (People like that) are artists from Berlin, NRW and Frankfurt who have come together to form a performance group. They create theater experiences in both spoken and sign language.

Since 2015, Leute wie die have been working bilingually on the question of how deaf and hearing performers can perform on stage on an equal footing, how the audience can participate, and what aesthetic and artistic images emerge from this.

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Alongside continual multilingual explortion, Leute wie die set themeselves specific experiential and research goals for every production. These range from the imaginitive world of the very youngest, to the reimagining of written plays and on to in-depth thematic research.

Images, sounds and video play a special role in the plays of Leute wie. This enables a shared understanding, beyond language. In this way, the theater space becomes a space for dialogue with the audience, where time is taken to tell stories and allow the stage to explode both visually and acoustically.

Previous productions have been developed for young audiences under the direction of Wera Mahne, but open to people of all generations. Since 2020, Leute wie die have performed all productions under this new label.

Leute wie die are deaf and hearing people with varying areas of expertise. The core consists of Declan Hurley (video, stage), Pia Katharina Jendreizik (performance, sign language poet), Wera Mahne (direction, concepts), Esther Schneider (production management) and Brice Stapelfeldt (communication assistant).

Leute wie die are also Kathrin-Marén Enders (performance, sign language interpreting), Kristina Kiehn (sign language interpreting), Tümay Kılınçel (choreography, performance), Julia Kolodi (communication assistant), Luka Niedermeier (communication assistant), Andreas Pfaffenberger (puppetry, performance), Pavel Rodionov (performance, video), Regina Rösing (stage, costumes) and Xenia Vitriak (sign language interpreting)