The theatre project, in partnership with the Goethe Institute, is directed towards refugee children and adults, mainly from Syria, who are staying at refugee camps in the Independent Region of Kurdistan in Iraq. We work together with two camps, each with about 6,000 families. The theatre workshops take place on the grounds of the Goethe Institute Iraq / Connection Office Erbil.

The past six months have shown us not only that our pragmatic approach is effective, but also how important the consistent work in fixed structures is for the children and the educators. The children’s development in particular has been enormous.
They see that there is no difference between girls and boys, and learn to embrace one another emphatically. Children and adults interact with each other on the same level. They learn that needs are being noticed and taken seriously, and that there is also room for negative emotions.


  • CAMPS: 2
  • COURSES: 4 times a week, continuous. (Since early June 2016, 2 weekly dates per camp)


  • Theatre workshop l: Object theatre and the basics of theatre play, from 27 May to 3 June 2016, Erbil / Iraq
  • Theatre workshop lI: Fundamental clown and mime, from 12 to 20 September 2016, Erbil / Iraq
  • Theatre workshop lll .: Fundamental rhythm and dance, from 29 November to 4 December 2016, Erbil / Iraq


  • Theatre workshop IV: Object theatre and the basics of theatre play Part 2, from 21 to 31 March 2017, Erbil / Iraq
  • Theatre workshop V: Basic dance and rhythm Part 2, from 17 to 28 May 2017, Erbil / Iraq
  • Theatre workshop VI: Clown and mime Part 2, from 12 to 22 September 2017, Erbil / Iraq
  • Theatre workshop VII: Music Part 1, from 21 November to 1 December 2017, Erbil / Iraq

Theatre Workshop lll

Basics of Dance, Rhythm and Movement with the example of Break Dance and Hip Hop from 27 November to 4 December 2016 in Erbil / Iraq

This workshop focused on the basics of dance, rhythm and movement. This workshop differed from the previous ones in that the management team was also filled with a young participant, escaped from Syria and our translator. Both contributed their different expertise in the field of hip hop and break dance to the workshop.

Theatre Workshop ll

Principles of the clown theater and physical theater from 12 to 20 September 2016 in Erbil / Iraq

In the middle of September the second workshop took place, focusing on the “Foundations of Clown Theater and Physical Theater”. As a coach, Luka’s visit – actor, director and mime player, Sandra Krah – adult educator, ergotherapist and approaching clown, Leandro Gomes Viana – theater pedagogue and Nicole Otte – was a system- and solution-oriented coach and project developer.

Theatre Workshop l

Theatrical Theaters and Principles of Theater Playing from 27 May to 3 June 2016 in Erbil / Iraq

The team consisted of Anina Jendreyko, actress and director, Sandy Schwermer, actress and puppeteer, Ariane Ehinger, psychologist and dream therapist, as well as Nicole Otte, system- and solution-oriented coach and project developer.

The basic principles of activation and group dynamics were arranged in two groups and laid the foundation for working with objects.