Scene from the film Bühne
Scene from the film Bühne
Scene from the film Bühne
Scene from the film Bühne
Scene from the film Bühne
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Daniel Kötter’s film Bühne examines a moment of fundamental change in the understanding of public space in post-communist Bulgaria.

The Palace for Sports and Culture in the Bulgarian Black Sea coastal town Varna was built as a prestige project of modernist architecture for the communist understanding of theatre and sport. While no changes were made to the interior design since its opening 1968, every week the main hall changes its architectural and social function.

The film stages the “theatre” itself, not as yet another art form (with its specific institutional conditions, market rules and local aesthetic and historic limitations), but as a name for the allegoric space of encounter.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Daniel Kötter
  • Editing
    Daniel Kötter
  • Sound
    Daniel Teige
  • Runtime
    18 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Berlinale
    • Videonale Bonn
    • European Media Art Festival Osnabrück
    • video_dumbo Festival New york City
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