Die Stelzer is a unique ensemble composed of approximately twenty actors, performing theatre with acrobatic skill on the smallest stage possible – the stilt. The theatre aims to inspire and reach people living in remote areas or on the margins of society through their performances. We do not make use of technical effects, sound engineering, or even a stage. Instead, actors turn streets and squares into theatre halls and perform on stilts up to a height of 5.25 feet, demonstrating perfect body control in addition to theatrical talent.
The inspiration for this theater performance technique came from actors who participated in productions with the “Freies Theater München”, or FTM. The FTM, founded in 1970 by George Froscher and Kurt Bildstein, was one of the best known and radical independent theatre groups, which started out with «stilting» as one of the major parts of their repertoire of these «Theatre pirates». In 1983, two actors Wolgang Tietze and Rheinhold Behling formed the first independent theater ensemble under the name “Lechwehrtheater”. The ensemble underwent organizational changes and since 1994 has been known as “Die Stelzer”, with Wolfgang Tietze, Wolfgang Hauck and Peter Pruchniewitz as directors.
In 1983, two actors Wolgang Tietze and Rheinhold Behling formed the first independent theater ensemble under the name “Lechwehrtheater”. The ensemble underwent organizational changes and since 1994 has been known as “Die Stelzer”, with Wolfgang Tietze, Wolfgang Hauck and Peter Pruchniewitz as directors. In 1999, the theater group officially became a private association, represented by Wolfgang Hauck and Peter Pruchniewitz. In 2018, the representation changed to Leonard Mandl and Wolfgang Hauck.
With more than 14 productions of very different character, the ensemble has marked and developed this genre considerably since their start in 1983 and have become internationally known.
1983 Founding of the theatre group as Lechwehrtheater
1994 Renamed and founded as the theatre group “Die Stelzer
1999 Expansion of professional and international work
2004 open-air theatre tour “Discorsi” or “Rheingold”
2005 International youth projects in Morocco
2011 Open-air theatre “Licca Line” with 40 young stilt walkers
2013 Youth projects in Kosovo and Austria
2014 Youth projects in Turkey, Ireland, and Kosovo
2014 Cultural Relief Program – Teaching the trainer, Turkey
2015 Erasmus+ Social Circus with international partners
2017 Production “Arturo Ui” in cooperation with Theater Wasserburg
2018 Creative Times – Training opportunities Turkey, workshops in Afghanistan
2018 Branch office in Berlin and cooperation with Circus Cabuwazi
2019 25th anniversary of “Die Stelzer” (The stilts)