How German theaters are adapting to the coronavirus | Culture| Arts, music and lifestyle reporting from Germany | DW | 23.07.2020

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Atomizer, plexiglass partitions, separate, one-way street principle-this is how the German theater plans to ensure the safety of the audience after it reopens.

The theater is trying to use nebulizer equipment to disinfect the auditorium and stage

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Today, the historic auditorium might think that renovations are still in progress. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus, theatergoers sat side by side on folding seats in the wooden theater, covered with red velvet.

But out of 700 seats, only 200 remain in the auditorium, far apart from each other. Some are single seats, most are in groups of two. It looks and feels weird, but then again, when someone has the opportunity to focus on the drama, don't you fight for the armrest with the person next to you, and don't have to look up at the haircut of the row of people?

The Berlin Song and Dance Ensemble presented a revised seating plan before the start of the new season on September 4: 

The theater has made many demands for measures against the coronavirus pandemic. Enclosed spaces and crowds will soon become hotbeds for people

spread. Since they must comply with the 1.5-meter (six-foot) distance rule, most theaters can only use a quarter of their seats to ensure the necessary distance between the left and right seats and the front and rear rows. The minimum distance between the audience and the stage is 2.5 meters (8.2 feet).

Some theaters plan to install plexiglass partitions. The Thalia Theatre in Hamburg stated that they are setting up transparent partitions in the boxes, which are already familiar to supermarket checkout counters.

These are just some of the many measures the theater plans to take before it reopens after the event has closed. Other measures include not carrying out coat inspections, and requiring theatergoers to use hand sanitizer at the entrance and operate in accordance with a one-way system with separate entrances and exits to prevent others from passing through. Such regulations are enforced by the corresponding state.

An extraordinary method: Theatres in Augsburg and Berlin (title photo) are already testing a series of machines and fans to atomize eco-friendly, biodegradable hydrogen peroxide in hopes of lethal effects on the virus. The equipment can work in rooms up to 150 cubic meters (5,300 cubic feet). In the technology originally developed for hospitals, a cold mist solution distributes hydrogen peroxide throughout the room, disinfecting all surfaces.

The test results are encouraging, and may not only be of interest to theaters: "Berlin Ensemble" reported that the atomization eliminates 99% of viruses and bacteria in indoor spaces. The theater now plans to equip the entrance area and restrooms with new technology.

Proposed the concept of safely reopening the Cologne Volkswagen Theater

Some theaters have been open for the season, although there are obvious differences from before. For example, the Residenztheater Hospital in Munich took advantage of the hygiene concept that was approved by the State of Bavaria in early June for museums. Instead of performing regular performances for large audiences, the theater provides a one-hour performance for a few people-every ten minutes, groups of four people are allowed to meet with actors inside and outside the building.

By mid-June, 50 people are allowed to participate. Since actors must also keep their distance from each other, the work of Antonio Latella

Only four actors seemed a good choice. However, there is no pause. Anyone who needs to use the toilet during the performance will be accompanied. The Residenztheater restaurant remains closed.

Here, the Royal Theatre announced an increase in the sale of tickets-200 tickets for the performance of "Lu Lu and the Three Musketeers":

"We absolutely want to participate in the competition again. This is our mission," Oliver Reese, the artistic director of the Berlin Ensemble, wrote on the theater's website-even if the original schedule is out of date. Highly physical works, such as Michael Thalheimer's

-The actors kicked and licked each other again-temporarily deleted from the playlist.

Rees said: "In the past few weeks, the plan for the next season must be thoroughly reconsidered and reorganized." "Working closely with the art team and our ensemble, we have successfully developed for the upcoming extraordinary season. New ideas."

How the actors will redefine the interaction between them and with the audience is a secret; the audience will find that the season starts in September. But even during the lockdown, the Berlin Ensemble remained creative, performing outdoors in early June and keeping in touch with the audience through digital channels.

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The German theater is gradually returning to a cultural landscape, and this cultural landscape has gradually awakened from a state of shock that lasted more than three months. Many people will not be open until the new season after summer vacation.

Although art directors generally don't question protection measures, the situation is indeed a question: why are air passengers allowed to sit side by side, but not allowed to sit in theaters? How important is culture compared to the German aviation industry?

The main theaters in the country depend on ticket sales. If only 30% of the audience capacity is used to launch, they will lack key income. The government quickly realized this problem and had issued special funds, but these resources were limited and did not reach every war zone.

German states have long supported large theaters, but small countries say that if only 25 of the 100 seats can be sold, it is not worth reopening. For many small town theaters, the end of the coronavirus pause has not yet arrived. Hope this will not be their final curtain call.

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