"The successful premiere of 'JackPott' strengthens the idea of networking within the RuhrBühnen. What's more, it surprised the audience in a range of different ways and served to demonstrate the diversity of the theatrical landscape in the Metropolis Ruhr – the city of cities – in an impressive way."
Karola Geiß-Netthöfel, Regional Director of the Regionalverband Ruhr, 2017
It's curtain-up for the theatres of the area! To kick off the 2017/18 season, the RuhrBühnen started their first joint project in the form of "JackPott – a journey to the RuhrBühnen" on 1st October 2017. This small theatrical marathon, dedicated to the great performing arts, was all about networking. Travelling from theatre to theatre was the name of the game. The contingent of 1,100 tickets was sold out within just a few days. After all, it was an intriguing prospect: drama, dance, musical theatre and performance all condensed into one day, taking place from morning to evening as a 12-hour, one-day programme spanning 3 of the 10 RuhrBühnen. The start and finishing point of the event was the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum. It was a festival for theatre fans and those looking to become theatre fans.
A particular highlight was the concept that purchasing a ticket provided the buyer with a completely new experience: those who bought a ticket were left guessing where the journey would lead – to which theatre, to which production, and in which city. This element of surprise, reminiscent of a blind date, sent the audience to three theatres on six different but parallel travel routes.
Going beyond the discovery of a brilliant theatrical landscape right outside the audience’s front door, the different theatres provided visually overwhelming, powerfully eloquent performances which asked where people and society stand – ‘where will the journey lead?’ – and how the future is shaped.
The event required 112 actors and actresses and 7 choirs to work flat-out in 11 performances which spanned approximately 22 hours, as well as to present a powerful manifesto for the power of the stage that we call the world.
Sunday morning from 9 a.m.: check-in and boarding at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, where the theatrical travellers also returned to after 6 p.m. 23 buses were out and about, and “snacks will be provided”. To round off the event, the audience was treated to a musical epilogue to the Ruhrtriennale, which ended the festival season and handed over the baton to theatres for the beginning of their own season. On top of all this, the RuhrBühnen and the Ruhrtriennale invited all the ensembles and theatregoers involved in the event to round off the day together in the unique atmosphere of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum. This allowed everyone to reflect on the eventful day of theatre together over food and drink, as well as to discuss the range of theatrical experiences which they had seen over the course of the day.
The unique theatre experience could also be recorded: the JackPott programme booklet provided sticky coloured dots for visitors to match against the specific tour taken. These stickers allowed each visitor to record their journey on a map. The following theatres could be found along the route: Schauspielhaus Bochum – Theater Dortmund – PACT Zollverein, Essen – Theater und Philharmonie Essen – Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen – Theater Hagen – Schlosstheater Moers (hosted in the former salt store of the Zollverein world heritage site) – the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr and Theater an der Ruhr in Mülheim an der Ruhr, as well as Theater Oberhausen.
Visitors were able to put a spotlight on the individual highlights of their journey with the RuhrBühnen's photo app.
“JackPott” was an event carried out by the Regionalverband Ruhr in cooperation with the RuhrBühnen, Kultur Ruhr GmbH and Ruhr Tourismus GmbH, supported by the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and using funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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