04/28/2023 - 09/09/2023


Prof. Nikola Lutz - concept, artistic director
Bernhard Eusterschulte - artistic collaboration
Prof. Klaus Dreher - director artistic vigil
Eveline Vervliet, Carlos Hernandez - assistants

Opening 04/28/23
4:30 pm
At Gustav-Siegle-Haus
Leonhardsplatz 28
70182 Stuttgart

with contributions by Karina Geiger (Amnesty International), Marina Mihalchuk, a.o. and music by Remmy Canedo, César Bernal, V.I.A. Belasol a.o.

The installation will be located at Wilhelmsplatz Stuttgart starting from 04/28/23

Opening concert 04/28/23
8:30 pm at the installation on Wilhelmsplatz
or in case of bad weather in Kunstbezirk


Chi Him Chik - electronics
César Bernal - double bass
Anton Rudakov - dance
Nikola Lutz - video

The project mem.cont.act represents the fate of the Stuttgart musician and Belarusian opposition politician Maria "Mascha" Kalesnikava with an installative portrait, which is participatively transformed into a communication space through audience contributions. Music and speech contributions as well as regular musical-literary vigils activate Kalesnikava's democratization impulses and keep awareness of her situation alive. An interactive online space enables independent individual forms of access.

mem.cont.act consists of:

opening event with music and speeches

musical-literary vigils

participation through integration of audience contributions into the design process of the communication space

Videos and documentations

individual independent access through interactive nota-space

Up-to-date information on the process will be published here.

sponsored by:

Kulturamt Stadt Stuttgart
mem.cont.act is part of the festival FemPalais

HAUTNAH……immediate sound stories

Solidarity concert for Prof. h.c. Maria Kalesnikava

January 15, 2023


6:00 p.m.
Ev. Paul Gerhardt Church
Stuttgart West

Solidarity concert of the stuttgarter BLOCK flötenorchester (Stuttgart recorder orchestra)
Works by C. Delvizio (world premiere), A. Langkafel, V. Erdmann-Abele, F. Mattos and A. Ruoff
Conductor: Hans-Joachim Fuss

fotografie: björn klein

18 LETTERS AND A FABLE FROM BELARUS by Maryna Mikhalchuk with texts from Camel Travel by Volha Hapeyeva

Chamber theater, foyer (Stuttgart)
April 23, 2022, 8 p.m., premiere

Further performances:
04/25 2022, 8 p.m
May 13, 2022, 8 p.m
05/24/2022, 8 p.m
05/29/2022, 8 p.m
05.06.2022, 8 p.m
07.06.2022, 8 p.m

Belarusian President Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory after the August 9, 2020 election, while the opposition candidate lost by surprise. The opposition around Svetlana Tichanovskaya then publicly described the events as election fraud, and numerous independent election observers also classified the results as fake. Women like Tichanovskaya, Maria Kalesnikava, as well as activists and supporters, quickly became symbolic figures of the Belarusian protest movement. In wedding dresses and with red flowers, they shaped media images in the West, but in their speeches they undermined the government's classically passive roles assigned to women. Scores of people associated with the protests were promptly forced out of the country or imprisoned in the fall of 2020.

With 18 Letters and a Fable from Belarus, Maryna Mikhalchuk blends documentary set pieces from the recent Belarusian past with Volha Hapeyeva's autobiographical novel Camel Travel. In her debut, published in 2021, the author describes growing up in (post-)Soviet Minsk in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Between braided hairstyles, rhythmic gymnastics and pelmeni, the author already indicates the path to her own politicization from a child's perspective - and gives references to the generation of Belarusians who took to the streets in August 2020 and today are sending letters from prison.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and the arrival of hundreds of refugees in Stuttgart also made the director reconsider the content of the material. In addition, Mikhalchuk, who was born in Belarus, invited refugees from Ukraine to be part of the production. The stories of imprisonment and democratic resistance are now interpreted by eight Ukrainian women – Khrystyna Dovbysh, Tetiana Humeniuk, Iryna Iusukhno, Hanna Krzheminska, Rimma Musiychuk, Iryna Scherbak, Maryna Vlasenko and Tetiana Ziubanova – giving the evening an additional direct documentary dimension level expanded.

DIRECTOR: Maryna Mikhalchuk
MUSIC: Natasha López, Guillermo González (from TRIO vis-à-vis)
STAGE: Hannah Zickert
LIGHT: Stefan Maria Schmidt
COSTUMES: Natalie Nazemi
DRAMATURGY: Lena Meyerhoff
ACTRESS: Therese Dorr

Theater Stuttgart