The pulse of New Circus beats in the heart of Berlin at the CHAMÄLEON. Artists from around the world fulfill their promise of a full stage adventure. The most successful creative talents from the international circus scene are creating a new and exciting art form. The CHAMÄLEON opens its doors to those who are looking for the new and exceptional.
When one enters the historic ballroom at the Hackesche Höfe, everyday life becomes a faint memory as the hours of orchestrated magic take the lead. Acrobatics, music, dance, comedy and drama form a harmony in one of the most exquisite theaters of the city. Nonetheless, rough edges and bold performances are not forgotten! Internationally renowned artists with high virtuosity and individuality provide a sensuous, nonverbal pleasure which will leave you speechless.
How it all began
The Hackesche Höfe was inaugurated on September 22, 1906. The architect August Endell constructed the building with an elaborate Art Nouveau design.
The Hackesche Höfe survived the carnage of World War II virtually unscathed, except for a single bomb that struck the roof of the first courtyard, and was declared public property in 1952.
CHAMÄLEON first opened its doors in 1991 and presented innovative variety theater and cabaret shows. Its following grew rapidly and flocked to the Hackeschen Höfe, which was completely renovated in 1994.
2004 saw the CHAMÄLEON management change hands as Chamäleon Theater GmbH took over the reins. The historic hall underwent a large-scale renovation, a ventilation system was installed, all the technological capabilities were completely replaced and the bar area was renovated. The objective was to preserve the building’s existing charm and character and not to build a new replica. The ballroom was fully renovated, missing elements were replaced and the color decoration was restored to its original condition.
The oak parquet flooring in the auditorium had been heavily damaged over the last 100 years and the underfloor construction had lost some of its stability. In summer 2015 the auditorium was restored. New parquet flooring was predominantly laid to ensure we are well equipped for the next 100 years. In the central aisle of the theatre, it was possible to retain some of the old material to continue to make reference to the history of the building. And the balconies are open now for public, a great experience particularly with a special perspective over the stage.