Laureate 2003

The Max Grunebaum Foundation honored on 5. October 2016, in Cottbus Artist of the Cottbus State Theater with two Max Grunebaum awards and one sponsorship award. A Max-Grunebaum-Award as well as a sponsorship award were given to young scientists of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg).

Thomas Harms - Acting, Photo: Michael Helbig

Thomas Harms – actor

Thomas Harms

Max Grunebaum Award Winner

I have known him since drama school. Worked together on the production "Blue horses on red grass" by Michael Schatrow in 1980 at the Berliner Ensemble.
He belonged to the legendary first horse-study year. He stood out because he played his roles precisely and accurately, but also because he was committed to the whole, the production.

After graduating from the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art, we continued our work at the Staatstheater Schwerin until our paths parted in 1989. When I started here in Cottbus in 1992, we both thought it would be nice and useful to resume the broken working contact. The rabbit in "Hase, Hase" was a new beginning and the continuation of past work experiences. He came to Cottbus with his family.

Since 1993 he has played 71 roles (not counting the takeovers.) Behind these 71 roles there is an actor who has become one of the essential, ensemble-bearing performers of the Cottbus State Theater. He stands for quality. He stands for ensemble spirit. He stands for professionalism For him there is no difference between big and small roles. He is always fully committed. He tries to give each character its own unmistakable face and proves to be an extremely versatile actor.

I especially remember the rabbit, this strange creature from another star, the farmer with the cap, who so touchingly proposes to the resettled woman, Hakenfinger-Jakob in the Threepenny Opera with his , and I read and I read, Aratio, desperately worried about Hamlet, the wandering, enchanted Demetrius in Rose and Rain, the tailor Zwirn, the prevented womanizer in Lumpazi, Egon, the head of the Olsen Gang, the powerful man in Lumpazi
He is always in stress, the aidsick Todd, son of a wealthy family in "Pterodactyl", the spying landlord in "Minna", the daredevil Sganarelle in "Doctor Against His Will", as well as the degenerate compromising Sganarelle in "Don Juan", the despairing Dr. Sven in "The Prancer". Wullersdotf in "Effi", who wants to help but cannot prevent death, Daniel the pacifist, the dropout from the war in "Versprochenen" and last but not least the lbraim who fights for humanity and tolerance. This is only a small excerpt. 13 of 71 . But what differences, what a palette of acting transformation artistry!

He is one of the actors who gives his characters their own substance, coupled with the allure of the strange, the played, the created, the discovered. He always looks for the essence of the character, the unmistakable. He is always open to new ideas, is always on the lookout. The directors like to work with him He is always present on stage even in the smallest role. His characters remain in the memory. In addition, he can sing beguilingly well and is extremely musical. And he has humor, a lot of humor. His laugh is infectious. He likes to laugh. He enjoys the trust of his colleagues. They chose him as their spokesman. No performance has ever been cancelled because of him. He is an audience favorite!
We are talking about actor Thomas Harms.

Laudatory speech by Christoph Schroth

Carola Fischer - singing, Photo: Michael Helbig

Carola Fischer – singer

Carola Fischer

Max Grunebaum Award winner

Ladies and gentlemen,

Probably one of the most interesting advantages of a singer permanently engaged in the ensemble for the theater in general and for directors in particular is when a singer can be used in as many different and multifaceted ways as possible. In order to determine this, it often takes a somewhat longer time, since the respective singer must prove the test of this diversity in many roles and years.

Such a singer – now, today, here: to be more precise: such a singer has been a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Cottbus since 1981. I would like to thank the board of trustees of the Max Grunebaum Foundation for agreeing to an exception this year, because lt. The statutes of the Max Grunebaum Prize are intended to promote young artists. Nevertheless, today it is a young, highly talented and vital mezzo-soprano of the opera ensemble: CAROLA FISCHER.

On 18. October 2003 the curtain will rise here on the stage to an opera premiere, which stands under the headline: the special opera experience. PENTHESILEA" by Heinrich von Kleist with music by the Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck will be heard and seen. In the center the title character Penthesilea, embodied by Carola Fischer, who in the meantime has prepared herself for two years for the mastering of this strenuous role and whose performance has become possible at all only by her ability and her experience.

The artistic-singing demand on the role of Penthesilea is enormous, roughly comparable to the ELEKTRA of Richard Strauss. – In March of this year, she already won acclaim and much recognition at the Kleist Festival in Frankfurt, where the opera "Penthesilea" was performed in a co-production between the Szczecin Opera, the State Orchestra Frankfurt (Oder), the singing potential of the Cottbus State Theater and its GMD Reinhard Petersen.

Great demanding opera roles are among her favorites, especially those of Richard Wagner, because "they touch her soul," as she herself once confessed. Thus she embodied Brangane in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE in 1989, Ortrud in LOHENGRIN in 1993, the love goddess Venus in TANNHaUSER in 1999, and most recently FRICKA in RHEINGOLD.

Carola Fischer began her career as a young graduate in 1981 at the Theater der Stadt Cottbus with the role of Fidalma in Cimarosa’s "Secret Marriage". In the play, this is the oldest woman of all the roles. Old, long tattered clothes and a lot of make-up were necessary to conceal the youthful verve appropriate to the role. 56 roles she has now impersonated at the Cottbus State Theater, if you count the short comic appearance as a washerwoman with a real Berlin snout in the musical MY FAIR LADY, even 57.

Talking about Berlin snout:

Carola Fischer was born in Berlin. At first, however, she was interested in competitive sports: gymnastics was her favorite discipline. But nature and the genetic blueprint of her parents put a spanner in the works: she grew – and grew – and grew. So followed the change to another discipline: figure skating. But the growing did not want to stop at the desired time, so that also the dream – to become an ice princess – was shattered. Then followed the discovery of her vocal talent, becoming a singer thus became a new DREAM. But the fear of being too big here again remained.

BUT: Something great is needed in opera: a great … voice! And Carola Fischer has this in an impressive way, whether as Octavian in 1986 in ROSENKAVALIER, whether as the unforgettable Carmen from 1990 in Bizet’s opera of the same name, as the witch Jezibaba, in RUSALKA or as the widow Begbick in Brecht/Weill’s opera "Rise and Fall of the City of MAHAGONNY".
Even as a student of opera direction in Berlin – we both studied at the Hans Eisler Academy of Music – I could impressively take note of Carola Fischer’s voice, richly blessed with overtones. One never had to ask whether Carola Fischer was in the house, she could be heard with a powerful voice in all the corridors of the university – this is still the case today in our theater.

She demonstrated her versatility and ravishing comic talent just as impressively in the GDR operetta "Messeschlager Gisela" as the secretary Marghueritta Kulicke, as she did as the prima donna assoluta in the RIEMANN-OPER. I would also like to highlight the Marcellina in the "Marriage of FIGARO" and the role of Marthe Schwerdlein in Charles Gounod’s FAUST.

Over the years, the Berlin native has become a Cottbus native. In 2001 she settled in Cottbus-Sielow, where she built herself a cottage. And since she is big and strong, she built it (almost) alone. People in Sielow talk about her: "Fischer is the woman who does everything on her own, and the drill is closer to her than the piano!"

Dear Mrs. Fischer!

I congratulate you on the Max Grunebaum Award 2003!

Laudatory speech by Martin Schuler, Intendant and Opera Director

Staatstheater Cottbus Andreas Klose (graphic artist)

Andreas Klose – graphic designer

Andreas Klose

Karl Newman Award

The person to be honored today was born on 6. Born in Finsterwalde in May 1958, she studied in Leipzig and graduated as a teacher of art education and history. Since 1990 he has been putting his talent and imagination at the service of the theater, first at the Neue Buhne Senftenberg. In 1995 he moved to the Staatstheater Cottbus.

Since then he has had a decisive influence on the external appearance of our house. As an important partner of the director teams visualizes artistic concepts remarkably creative and versatile with pen, brush and keyboard. His work is recognized both regionally and nationally. His posters for the productions "Jagdszenen aus Niederbayern", "Pterodactylus" and "Die Letzten" were chosen as one of the "100 best posters" of the respective year in Germany. With his poster for Brecht’s "Chalk Circle" he successfully participated in the International Theater Poster Biennial in Rzeszow, Poland. We are proud that with him already the third employee of the Public Relations Department is awarded with a sponsorship prize.

The Karl Newman Award goes to the graphic designer of the Cottbus State Theater, Andreas Klose.

Laudation by Anne Heym, Head of PR/Marketing

Roxana Racec - Max Grunebaum Award

Paul and Roxana Racec

Max Grunebaum Award Winner

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to introduce two of this year’s Max Grunebaum Award winners, Ms. Elena Roxana Racec and Mr. Paul Nicolae Racec. Mr. and Mrs. Racec very successfully completed their studies of physics at the University in Bucharest in 1996, and decided to do their doctorate in Germany.

They came to the BTU Cottbus in the mid-1990s with a giant leap into the unknown. Mrs. Racec received a DAAD scholarship for one year, Mr. Racec was financed by an industrial research project. When asked what impressed him most about his new environment, Mr. Racec said that he was amazed by the availability of information. According to this motto they adapted with breathtaking speed to the local, sometimes unfortunately a bit chaotic conditions. With a tireless "bee" diligence they set to work and soon the first successes were achieved. It is worth mentioning that despite her intensive work she never lost sight of her homeland. Under their decisive participation, a lively exchange of students and knowledge developed beyond all bureaucratic problems between the BTU Cottbus and the University of Bucharest, the chair of Prof. Brancus respectively. the Institute for Materials Science, Prof. Stoica.

Paul Racec - Max Grunebaum Award

Mrs. and Mr. Racec’s work represents a substantial contribution to the field of semiconductor quantum elements, a breakthrough on which we can build.
What are semiconductor quantum devices?? This is a dream marriage between a bridegroom, a bridegroom from the moneyed aristocracy of semiconductor electronics, and a fantastically beautiful bride of quantum physics. I don’t need to tell you much about the black gold of integrated circuits on semiconductors, or chips for short. I recommend everyone to take a walk to the IHP in Frankfurt/Oder and the company Communicant located there. Not only great chips are created here, but also a lot of new jobs for our region, which are so urgently needed.
However, in new chip generations, with further reduction in size, i.e. with further miniaturization and increase in integration, we will reach a threshold where completely new and revolutionary effects of the quantum world will appear. His research in this field is expected to yield completely new quantum principles of action that will be incorporated into future chip generations. There is also a very close contact with Frankfurt/Oder, which is institutionalized by the so-called Joint Lab in research and teaching.

At this point I would like to remind you that you yourself are already ahead of your time and have such a quantum computer: namely your brain. Ultimately, your brain is made up of molecules whose behavior can be understood on the basis of quantum physics alone. Here there are fantastic effects, with which already Einstein "played": z. B. the spooky remote effect: due to so-called entangled wave functions, changes in one place can simultaneously cause changes in a completely different place due to interactions. Einstein considered these effects absurd and therefore rejected quantum mechanics. However, recent experiments show that we live in such an exotic world! The occupation with quantum principles could therefore also allow insights into our consciousness.

But, back to this wonderful award! For the Racec couple, it is not only a well-deserved honor. The prize money is also a due compensation of the past: Due to a lack of funding in scope and reliability Racecs had to pass a lot of financial bottlenecks. Following the example of many great researchers, they have been able to overcome these frustrations and achieve their wonderful results. No matter where in Europe the Racecs will "do their" science in the near future, we wish them support and success and that the love for physics will stay with them.

I would like to congratulate the Max Grunebaum Foundation on its award winners and you, Mrs. and Mr. Racec, on this award.

Jens Dittrich

Ernst Frank Prize

Jens Dittrich was born in Lauchhammer in 1978. He obtained his high school diploma in Schwarzheide in 1998 and remained faithful to Brandenburg for the time being. In 1999 he started his studies at the BTU Cottbus.

Mr. Dittrich is one of the best students who have studied and are studying mathematics here at the BTU Cottbus. He is more than a gifted mathematician and diligent student. It almost goes without saying that his academic performance is almost always very good. Early on, he became involved as an assistant professor at various chairs of mathematics – with equally high recognition – and that is not at all easy. For example, he worked as a student assistant at the Department of Numerical Mathematics and Scientific Computing on a project on partial differential equations. At the chairs for engineering mathematics and optimization he was active as an exercise leader for analysis and algebra for engineers and computer scientists. This is difficult, mathematics education is not always well received by engineers in their first years of study – with commitment and a high degree of independence, Mr. Dittrich has taken on this task independently and at a high professional level, earning the respect of engineering students. He has a wide range of interests and is committed: In the summer of 2002, he completed an internship within an international summer study program in the field of basic physics research at the particle accelerator DESY in centers. He presented a first scientific study (conducted at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt) on issues special risk management:

Here it was not only a matter of quickly familiarizing oneself with questions of financial mathematics, but also of applying a wide range of knowledge of analysis and optimization from one’s studies. After all, at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt am Main, you can’t just shine with bare theory, but you have to implement the results in a well-functioning computer code, and above all, you have to hold your own with all this in front of the established mathematicians and physicists (there are no longer too few of them at these banks). Mr. Dittrich has solved this task with bravura. His technical report, done in English, is 24 pages long.

With the Ernst Frank sponsorship award, he can take up partial studies at an English university. There we hope as university teachers with one of our best students to shine, and on the other hand our existing scientific contacts to consolidate and develop. We wish you Mr. Dittrich much success and a good time in England.

Laudation Prof. Dr. Sabine Pickenhain, LS Mathematics, especially Optimization

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