Center for Culture and Visual Communication of the Deaf Berlin / Brandenburg eV |
|legal form||Volunteer Association|
|main emphasis||Strengthening the rights of hearing impaired and deaf people|
|Action space||Berlin and Brandenburg|
|Chair||Uwe Schönfeld, Steffen Helbing|
The Center for Culture and Visual Communication of the Deaf Berlin / Brandenburg is a non-profit association. It coordinates the State Interpreting Centers in Potsdam, Cottbus and Berlin for German Sign Language (DGS) or sound accompanying signs, finger alphabet , tactile signs , Lormen , written interpreting and supporting communication. The association also runs a socio-cultural center on the subject of “ hearing impaired and deaf people ”. The ZfK wants the communication and the equal exchange between hearing and hearing impaired people by means of sign language as well as raising awareness of this sensory disability in society.
The ZfK originally emerged from the “Berliner Taubstummen-Theaterverein Frohsinn” founded in 1881. After the end of the First World War, the club was re-founded in 1918 and acted as the “Berlin Deaf and Dumb Stage Club”. After the end of the Second World War, it became the pantomime ensemble of the deaf ("Berliner Laienspielgruppe") and later the pantomime ensemble of the GDR, which performed countless times at home and abroad and dissolved in 1989 with German reunification.
In 1991 Christina and Uwe Schönfeld re-founded the “Berlin Deaf Stage Club” , which was renamed in 1993 to “Center for Culture and Visual Communication of the Deaf Berlin / Brandenburg eV”.   In addition to the deaf theatrical work, the active participation and involvement of the deaf in social events as well as the use of modern media and socio-cultural projects became the central endeavors of the association. On October 2nd, 1998 the Governing Mayor of Berlin Eberhard Diepgen awarded the “Center for Culture and Visual Communication of the Deaf Berlin / Brandenburg eV” the Order of Merit of the State of Berlinfor outstanding services to the city of Berlin .
The ZfK has had its headquarters in Potsdam since 2005 and operates branch offices in Cottbus and Berlin. The cornerstones for today's structure are:
- Supraregional coordination and advice center
- Education center (deafcom)
- Social center (individual, family help and personal budget)
- State Interpreter Center Brandenburg / Berlin
- Integration specialist service Cottbus
- Media center (deafmedia)
- Cultural Center (Theater, Opera, Events)
The ZfK board of directors is made up of Uwe Schönfeld (1st chairman), Steffen Helbing (2nd chairman)  and Alexandra Giuranna (treasurer). The association has several special purpose operations and a permanent workforce who works in the above-mentioned areas.
- Socio-cultural and linguistic support and education for the hearing impaired
- Ensuring communication for hearing impaired people
- Advice and awareness-raising of authorities, agencies and people.
- Education and training for the hearing impaired as well as promotion in particular of visual communication for individuals (individual help and / or family help)
- Sensitization of hearing people for the special problems of hearing impaired people
- Teaching German sign language and other suitable forms of communication for institutions and people who work and live with hearing-impaired people. The Brandenburg educational institute for the hearing impaired, which is integrated into the ZfK, trains sign language instructors and communication assistants for the hearing impaired and conducts individual lessons. It offers individual integration and communication courses for the hearing impaired or the hearing, for children and adults.
- Social counseling and communication assistance for deaf people and their families in the public sphere
- Production of films in sign language, video guides and educational videos in our own studio. With the commitment of professional hearing interpreters and translators as well as deaf interpreters, cameramen and AVID editors, TV / DVD and web film productions and barrier-free media according to BITV 2.0 are among other things for the translation of German texts into German Sign Language (DGS) or " easy language ". The ZfK media center has five fully equipped editing stations and broadcasts its own weekly magazine in the form of a WEB TV. 
- Support for projects and natural persons who are committed to promoting sign language, the culture of the deaf and the political and social interests of the hearing impaired.
- The ZfK operates family and individual aid in Brandenburg and Berlin with its own fleet of vehicles.
The ZfK cooperates with the State Association of the Deaf Brandenburg , the Deaf Association Berlin, the Association for the Promotion of the Deaf of the New Federal States FORSEA and the federal initiative at home instead of home in order to represent the socio-political interests of this community to the outside world.
State Interpreter Center Brandenburg / Berlin
The State Interpreting Center works on behalf of and with funding from the Brandenburg Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family (MASGF). It mediates, coordinates, plans, organizes and raises awareness in all areas in the state of Brandenburg when it comes to visual communication and interpreting services. In addition, she arranges, coordinates and plans interpreting assignments in Berlin and other federal states. 
Integration specialist service Cottbus
The integration service is based in Cottbus and works in accordance with the requirements of the integration office of the state of Brandenburg. The specialist service is only there for hearing-impaired people with an employment relationship and looks after, accompanies and supports hearing-impaired employees and their employers if necessary.
Supraregional coordination and advice center
The supraregional coordination and advice center for the hearing impaired in Brandenburg (ÜKBH) is also active on behalf of the MASGF Brandenburg. It acts in particular as an interface to authorities and administrations with the aim of further improving the situation for hearing impaired people in society. Seminars, discussions and documentation are offered for this purpose.
Cultural Center Schönhauser Allee, Berlin
Theater and stage projects are active all year round. The focus is on the ZfK media center. The organization for the cultural projects, in which hearing impaired and deaf actors are active, is also located here. 
Productions with the participation of the ZfK
Film productions by ZfK
- 1997 Monday morning… Director: Christina Schönfeld , screenplay: Uwe Schönfeld , camera: Olaf Birkenstadt
- 1998 The birth of language. Director: Christina Schönfeld / Uwe Schönfeld, screenplay: Uwe Schönfeld, camera: Olaf Birckenstaedt
- 1999 freaked out. Director: Christina Schönfeld / Uwe Schönfeld, screenplay: Uwe Schönfeld, camera: Olaf Birckenstaedt
- 2015 The Deaf GDR. Parts 1 and 2, director: Marco Lidski, screenplay: Christina Schönfeld, camera: Jan Sell
Music theater, opera, concert in cooperation with the ZfK
- 1994 Helmut Oehring : "Documentary Opera", music theater based on texts by Helmut Oehring (WP Witten Days for New Music, director: Maxim Dessau, with KNM Berlin, conductor: Roland Kluttig)
- 1996 Helmut Oehring: "DAS D'AMATO SYSTEM", dance opera based on texts by Helmut Oehring (premiered in the Carl Orff Hall Munich, director: Maxim Dessau, with the KNM Berlin, conductor: Roland Kluttig )
- 1999 Helmut Oehring and Iris ter Schiphorst: Bernarda Albas Haus, dance theater based on Fédérico Garcia Lorca (premiere November 1999 Theater Basel / Hebbeltheater , Berlin, choreography: Joachim Schlömer)
- 2000/01 Helmut Oehring and Iris ter Schiphorst : “Effi Briest”, music theater based on texts by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Theodor Fontane; Commissioned by the Bonn Opera (Premiere March 2001 Kunsthalle Bonn with the ensemble musikFabrik NRW, musical direction: Wolfgang Ott, staging: Ulrike Ottinger , with Ingrid Carven, Salome Kammer)
- 2001/02 Helmut Oehring: "BlauWaldDorf" (days far apart), opera based on texts by Hans Christian Andersen and Helmut Oehring, commissioned by Theater Aachen (premiere April 2002 musical direction: Jeremy Hulin, staging: Claus Guth )
- 2003/04 Helmut Oehring: "Wozzeck returns", audio snapshot in three copies (12 contacts) based on texts by Georg Büchner, Theodor Fontane and Helmut Oehring using music by Carlo Gesualdo , commissioned by the Aachen Theater (premiere June 2004, musical director Jeremy Hulin, production: Michael Simon)
- 2005/06 Helmut Oehring: "Invisible Land (or Der Sturm)", opera using music by Henry Purcell , commissioned by Theater Basel (premiere May 2006, musical direction: Jürg Henneberger and G. Parunuzzi, staging: Claus Guth)
- 2012/13 Helmut Oehring: “SehnSuchtMEER or Vom Fliegende Holländer”, opera using music by Richard Wagner with texts by Heinrich Heine , Richard Wagner, Mathilde Wesendonck and Hans Christian Andersen ; Commissioned for the Wagner year of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein , Düsseldorf (premiere March 2013, musical direction: Axel Kober, staging: Claus Guth)
- 2012/2013 Helmut Oehring: “AscheMOND or The Fairy Queen”, opera using music by Henry Purcell with texts by William Shakespeare , Adalbert Stifter , Heinrich Heine and Helmut Oehring; Commissioned by the Staatsoper Unter den Linden , Berlin, in the Schillertheater (premiere June 2013, musical direction Staatskapelle: Johannes Kalitzke / Michael Boder, staging: Claus Guth)
- 2013/14 Helmut Oehring: "Orfeo14. (vol. 1) ”, music theater based on Claudio Monteverdi's“ Orfeo ”and Joseph Conrad's“ Heart of Darkness ”for 6 soloists and two ensembles (16 instrumentalists); Commissioned by the Opéra de Lille (premiere June 2014 musical direction Emmanuelle Haim / Francois Deppe, staging: Stefanie Wördemann and Helmut Oehring)
- 2014/15 Helmut Oehirng: "JONA, JONAS and the WAL", a scenic concert adventure for the hearing and the non-hearing, children, adolescents and adults with live electronics and sound generation, sign poetry, singing, drama, dance and instrumental ensemble freely based on the book Jona and Hans-Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" (Premiere December 2014 Volkstheater Rostock, musical director: Manfred Hermann Lehner, staging: Stefanie Wördemann and Helmut Oehring)
- 2015 Helmut Oehring: "The Löwenherz Brothers", music theater for children, young people and adults for soloists, choir, orchestra and live electronics based on the novel of the same name by Astrid Lindgren (premiere March 2015 Semperoper Dresden / Lucerne Festival, musical director: Eric Ona, Director: Walter Suttcliffe)
- 1993/94 Helmut Oehring: "Wrong SCHAUKELN - ESSEN - SAFT (from: Irrenoffensive)" for solo voice and ensemble (WP 1994 Konzerthaus Berlin, KNM, conductor: Roland Kluttig)
- 1998 Helmut Oehring: "Mischwesen" for sign soloist and ensemble (premiere November 1998 Kunstcentrum Gent, Asko Ensemble, conductor: Roland Kluttig)
- 2000 Helmut Oehring: "Verlorenwasser (from: Der Ort / Musikalisches Opfer)" for a sign soloist, sign choir and orchestra (premier at Liederhalle Stuttgart with the orchestra of the Stuttgart State Opera, conductor: Lothar Zagrosek )
- 2013 Helmut Oehring: "Seemed like waves in long eyes (Saf Haki / words in the air)" for a vocal soloist, sign soloist, solo electric guitarist, choir and orchestra; Commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2013 (premiere October 2013 with the SWR Sinfonieorchester and SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, conductor: Rupert Huber)
- 2015 Luciano Berio: "Un re in ascolto", musical plot in two parts, libretto: Italo Calvino (production by Paul Esterhazy at the Staatstheater Kassel, premiere: 23 May 2015)
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