The theater can be a place to tackle controversial theories, integrate cultures, display emotion, or just have fun.
Berlin theater is a hard thing to love - it's pretentious, abstruse, cerebral and elitist. But on a good night, it's also unique, iconoclastic, bizarre, and compelling, says DW's Ben Knight. (08.02.2013)
A new English-language theater ensemble in Berlin tackles a hot-button global issue: arranged marriage and women's rights. The production combines the strengths of both German and American theater techniques. (30.01.2013)
In the murky and mysterious world of finance, top bankers are reluctant to reveal their secrets. But director Andres Veiel got some of them to talk. The result is a spectacular piece of contemporary theater. (16.01.2013)
Wagner will be all over music programs in 2013, as this year marks the 200th anniversary of his birth. Travelers in Germany can choose from no shortage of traditional to provocative takes on the composer's work. (04.01.2013)
What was once an obscure energy extraction technique has now entered popular fiction. Whether in Hollywood, on the stage or in literature, fracking is all around - and has even found its way into romance novels. (27.12.2012)
Theatergoers in Berlin routinely suffer abuse from naked performers, but it's a night out they'll never forget. This inimitable performance culture is now attracting a new wave of devotees from beyond. (28.09.2012)
Young refugees are learning German with the classics. Performing modified and modernized versions of works by Goethe gives them the courage and confidence they need to participate in a new, foreign society. (03.09.2012)
The worst part about applying for asylum is waiting. In "Asylum Monologues," three asylum-seekers - from Togo, Ethiopia and Turkey - share the harsh reality of their life stories on German stages. (20.06.2012)
They fought with weapons and survived arrest. In 2011 their mentor was murdered: A Palestinian theater company now uses it art to defend itself against the occupation. (19.06.2012)
After performing at an international Shakespeare festival in London, the actors from Roy-e Sabs are in Germany to perform their production of 'The Comedy of Errors.' (14.06.2012)
Summer is the time for festivals in Germany, with a wealth of theater and music performances across the country. There are more than 500 festivals in all - many of them open air shows in spectacular settings.
It's all about the operas of Richard Wagner - but it's also about dressing up and being seen on the red carpet. The Bayreuth Festival opens with pomp, management changes, and a new production.
With the motto "Inequality," the world's biggest festival in the genres of concert music, opera and theater begins on July 18. The attractions include three new opera productions and a work never before performed there.
Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.