Statement on the attack against Israel
Oct 11th 2023 – We strongly condemn the terrorist attack by Hamas against Israel and the murder and abduction of civilians. We reject any form of support and downplaying of this violence and deem it as completely unacceptable. Our sympathy goes out to the relatives of the victims and to all people affected by the violence in the region.
New Coordination Network CooProg: Thinking together climate goals and cultural production.
CooProg is an international open source platform where curators share their programming to enable coordinated touring of artists and companies. The goal is to limit the ecological footprint in the performing arts. The new internet platform was officially launched on October 2, 2023. Production houses are involved in the conceptualization and testing of the tool. The free platform is aimed at theaters based in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland in a launch phase (until March 2024).
B.A.L.L. 2023 – Nationwide Artist Labs
Artist-Labor of the Fonds Darstellende Künste on October 20 & 21, 2023 at Kampnagel Hamburg.
Since July 2023, artists and art professionals have been conducting research in 64 Artist Labs on issues related to the public sphere of the independent performing arts. At the second nationwide Artist Lab of Labs – B.A.L.L. for short – at Kampnagel in Hamburg, joint research will be taken to the next level. The alliance of international production houses will be represented on numerous stages, panels and discussions.
Thus, on Fri. 21.10. Bündnishaus Kampnagel – Artistic Director Amelie Deuflhard together with Holger Bergmann (Fonds Darstellende Künste) opens the program of this year’s B.A.L.L. – followed by a panel discussion with, among others, Margarita Tsomou (HAU) around the transformation of dramatic landscapes. On Saturday 22.10. Anna Wagner (Artistic Director Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm) will take part in the Cultural-Political Metalabor around the question of the audiences of the future, while Annemie Vanackere (Artistic Director HAU) will continue to think with others about stage spaces and their audiences for the future.
At Kampnagel in Hamburg, keynote lectures, hands-on workshops, in-depth talks on stage and in the stream, heated debates in thematic working groups, an all-evening show program and party formats will negotiate a wide range of issues: Who is watching? Who is participating? Who is (still) missing?
Point of No Return, szenische Räume im Wandel
Conference / Symposium at Zurich University of the Arts, 04.10. – 07.10.2023
The Alliance of International Production Houses participates in the research conference Point of No Return, organised by the Major Scenic Space and IPF – Institute for Performing Arts and Film of the ZHdK. The research conference aims to establish a point on the timeline from which there is no return to the current production conditions in artistic creation. The question is not whether we should change something but how. We can only achieve a turnaround towards more environmentally friendly action and future-oriented thinking in the performing arts by joining forces.
More information can be found here.
OPEN CALL – ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCER #7
Apply until 27.10.2023
The 7th edition of the Academy for Performing Arts Producers will take place in 2024 and will have a special focus on issues around care and welfare. The Academy is an advanced training program for production managers and producers in the independent performing arts. It is dedicated to teaching skills for producing in the German and international context of the performing arts and illuminates the role of independent producers in a time of constant change. This year’s Academy is aimed at participants with little or extensive professional experience. The call for proposals for the Academy #7 can be found here.
(Please note that the dates of Module II have shifted slightly! You will find the updated dates in the announcement).
SAY HER NAME: JINA AMINI!
One year after the murder of Jina (Mahsa) Amini by the “morality police” of the Islamic Republic of Iran, we want to remember Jina and all freedom fighters in Iran who lost their lives for the human rights of all of us.
We stand in solidarity with the justice-seeking families of the Islamic republic’s countless crimes and the Woman* Life Freedom movement.
We stand in solidarity with the imprisoned in the Jails of the Islamic Republic and their families, who put their lives in danger every day.
We stand in solidarity with those who continue to push this unstoppable revolution on the streets of Iran and the world.
We stand with the courageous artists in Iran who continue to speak up under unimaginable circumstances.
We stand with the imprisoned artists, activists, journalists, students, and their brave families.
We hear you. We see you. And we pass on your call!
OPEN CALL FOR ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCERS #7
Application deadline: 27 October 2023
The 7th edition of the Academy for Performing Arts Producers is set to take place in 2024. This edition will focus on issues relating to the theme of Care and Fürsorge (care and support) and is open to performing arts producers and artistic production managers who are either novices or seasoned professionals. The call for applications for Academy #7 can be found here.
Mobile Akademie Berlin / Licence #12: Market for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge
Follow the Money: Of Analogue Values, Digital Currencies and the Quantification of the World
The classic format of performative knowledge appropriation to be seen at Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm an the 16th of september: 90 experts pick up the scent of money at scales small, big, and personal, showing how cryptocurrencies challenge banks and states, and close the gaps of the salable. The “Market for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge” is a place for exchanging knowledge, an archive and a reading room, a stock exchange and a counselling service all at the same time.
In an arena running on the rhythm of administrative time, 90 experts from the fields of art, activism, theory and myriad of everyday careers will present their expertise: What actually is this strange medium of money that has been argued about for at least two and a half millennia? The Market for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge traces the developments of money, looks at what it makes possible and what it does by adopting the refrain of investigative journalists and marriage swindlers: Follow the money!
The inclusive Hamburg theater group Meine Damen und Herren in the new venues of FFT Düsseldorf
With “Der Ball” (08./09.09.2023) the two-year collaboration begins!
The hall is prepared, the guests take their seats – only the hosts are still missing. The performers of the award-winning, inclusive ensemble Meine Damen und Herren are stuck in enchanted rooms – partly real, partly virtual. The audience must free them all so the ball can begin!
The ball is both a conclusion and a new beginning: My ladies and gentlemen have said goodbye to their previous ways of working as an ensemble with changing guest directors and have transformed themselves into a collective. With the 2023/24 season, FFT and Meine Damen und Herren begin a two-year collaboration: they will visit and learn from each other.
Ticket sales start on 01.08.23, www.fft-duesseldorf.de/spielplan/der-ball
Happy 25, tanzhaus nrw!
From September 1st to 3rd, tanzhaus nrw invites you to the three-day anniversary festival to celebrate 25 years of tanzhaus nrw with artists, instructors, supporters, benefactors, neighbours, club members, staff, and with the audience. If you are grooving on the floor to 90’s dance hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”, you will therein encounter the concerns of an institution in “Everybody Dance Now”, an institution whose history is also closely linked to the 1990’s: tanzhaus nrw. Here you find the anniversary programme.
Open Call – ACADEMY FOR CONTEMPORARY THEATRE JOURNALISM #4
Applications until 17.07.2023
The Academy for Contemporary Theatre Journalism aims to strengthen the increasingly precarious field of theatre journalism in the German-speaking world in the conviction that a public discourse on theatre, dance and performance is important for art and society. Since 2019/20, the academy, which sees itself as continuing education in a professional field in transition, has been offered annually and will take place for the fourth time in 2023/24.
Festival Nebenan/Поруч. Independent art from Ukraine at HELLERAU
The festival “Nebenan/Поруч – Independent Art from Ukraine” invites from 28.06.-02.07.2023 to performances, concerts, lectures, workshops and talks by and with Ukrainian artists and scientists. On the one hand, the contributions make visible how the war and the tense situation (existing since the annexation of Crimea in 2014) influence the biographies of the invited artists and affect their artistic practice in terms of content and form. At the same time, the program points show the multi-layered identity of Ukraine, its traditions and histories, its pop cultural influences and contemporary aesthetics. In the Festspielhaus and the Kulturgarten, HELLERAU presents artistic works and offers the opportunity for encounters, exchange and discussion.
The festival programme can be found here.
Festival ¡PROTAGONISTAS! at HAU Hebbel am Ufer
With the fesrival ¡PROTAGONISTAS! HAU Hebbel am Ufer is taking up feminist movements around the world: both through an international gathering to connect prominent feminists and diasporic communities from Iran, Kurdistan, North Africa, and Latin America; and through performances, dance, film, concerts, and more from Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. The festival programm from June 21 to July 2 can be found here.
Arts & Encounters Academy – The podcast by Melanie Sien Min Lyn and Lydia Sarges
The first edition of the Arts & Encounters Academy is now available as a podcast: Melanie Sien Min Lyn chronicled the programme in a documentary style and joined with Lydia Sarges to create an artistic interpretation of the events in a two-episode audio edition. This situational documentation of the Academy aims to convey the ideas and approaches explored at the various gatherings and make this content accessible to people beyond the limited circle of participants. The podcast can be found here.
Tabori Award International 2023 for Eisa Jocson
We are very happy that Eisa Jocson will receive the Tabori Award International of the Fonds Darstellende Künste this year. The choreographer and dancer from the Philippines is closely connected to the houses of the Alliance. This year she led the Community of Practice of the joint festival Claiming Common Spaces. The award ceremony will take place on 17 May at HAU1. Our warmest congratulations!
On Visibility. Kulturjournalismus heute
From 5 – 7 May 2023, participants of the past three years of the Academy for Contemporary Theatre Journalism came together at the HAU in Berlin for an alumni network meeting. The event “On Visibility” with a keynote speech by Nikita Dhawan and the subsequent discussion with Joana Tischkau and Dorte Lena Eilers on 6 May at HAU3 was the public part of the network meeting around questions of journalistic reporting in the field of the performing arts.
The new year of the Academy for Contemporary Theatre Journalism run by Esther Boldt and Philipp Schulte starts in autumn! Information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Re_Generation Festival 05.-14.05.2023 FFT Düsseldorf
Re_Generation is a festival for pleasure, solidarity & healing. International artists, activists, and scientists will gather at the FFT for twelve days to introduce and try out practices that answer to a world that is exhausted in so many ways. How would we like to coexist in this world, in the future? Together with the visitors, they will try to approach this question as well as additional topics around depletion, renewal, and healing. The settings in which this happens are experimental and playful, sensual: A performance in a spa, a listening session full of scents and textiles, relaxed talks at dinner… You find the programme here.
On Visibility. Kulturjournalismus heute with Nikita Dhawan, Dorte Lena Eilers, Joana Tischkau – 6.5.23 at HAU3
Who receives publicity, on stage and in journalistic discourse? The Academy for Contemporary Theatre Journalism networks cultural journalists and analyses current forms of theatre and editorial routines. Now, HAU Hebbel am Ufer is offering the players a public platform: starting with a lecture by political scientist Nikita Dhawan, journalist Dorte Lena Eilers and theatre maker Joana Tischkau will discuss processes of scandalisation and attention economies.
The Academy for Contemporary Theatre Journalism aims to strengthen the increasingly precarious field of theatre journalism in the German-speaking world in the conviction that a public discourse on theatre, dance and performance is important for art and society. Since 2019/2020, the academy has been developed and run by Esther Boldt and Dr. Philipp Schulte. The panel “On Visibility” is the public part of a network meeting that will take place from 5-7 May at HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Lecture & Panel
with Nikita Dhawan, Dorte Lena Eilers, Joana Tischkau
Moderation: Esther Boldt, Philipp Schulte
German and English
6.5.2023, 18:00h , HAU3
Nicoleta Esinencu with SINFONIE DES FORTSCHRITTS at the Impulse Theatre Festival 2023
SINFONIE DES FORTSCHRITTS by Nicoleta Esinencu has been invited to this year’s Impulse Theatre Festival showcase. Congratulations!
Online Forum VOICES IRAN
Under the title VOICES IRAN, we have launched an online gallery designed to provide a forum for submissions from Iran-based artists. In doing so, we hope to call greater attention to the struggles and dangers these individuals face. We are also eager to show our solidarity with prisoners and protesters in Iran, in this case by inviting Iranian artists to contribute their work to an ever-growing online platform. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that the protest maintains its visibility and continues to form a key part of the public discourse. The focus is initially on artists in Iran who do not have easy access to platforms. In order not to endanger any individuals, some of the contributions are published anonymously. VOICES IRAN is a project organised by the Alliance of International Production Houses and curated by Ozi Ozar and Sahar Rahimi. The first two contributions can be found here.
Impressions from the opening of Claiming Common Spaces V: No One’s Land
Claiming Common Spaces V: No One’s Land – Programme online
The programme of this years edition of Claiming Common Spaces is online. The festival on borders and communities takes place 9.-12.2.2023 at Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm in Frankturt am Main. The programme is curated by Lina Majdalanie and Maximilian Zahn. You can find the programme here.
Film Tour of the Fonds Darstellende Künste in the Houses of the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser
On 21 January 2023, the premiere of the documentary film “DENNOCH! – zur Lage der Freien Künste” at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin marks the start of a film tour initiated by the Fonds Darstellende Künste to draw attention to the situation of the independent performing arts. Subsequently, all the houses of the alliance will show the film, framed by cultural-political discussions and the launch of the alliance’s publication “Producing Performing Arts” (Alexander Verlag).
21.01.23 HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Premiere)
02.02.23 FFT Düsseldorf (mit PACT Zollverein Essen, tanzhaus nrw u.a.)
08.02.23 Kampnagel, Hamburg
17.02.23 Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main
28.02.23 HELLERAU, Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden
New publication: Producing Performing Arts
Alexander Verlag has published a book by the Alliance of International Production Houses: Producing Performing Arts. Aus dem Maschinenraum der freien darstellenden Künste
#TakeHeart Residenzförderung – 5th application round
The names of the funded groups and individual artists from the 5th application round of the #TakeHeart Residenzförderung can be found here.
Save the Date
Claiming Common Spaces, the annual programme series of the Alliance of International Production Houses, will take place from 9 – 12 February 2023 at Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main on the theme of the future of internationality. The fifth edition, called No One’s Land, focuses on the inter of nations – borders and borderlands – as well as on communities that do not organise themselves along nation-state lines. In performances, panels, concerts and workshops, activist, scientific and artistic approaches explore possibilities of international coexistence beyond nation-state principles.
Academy for Performing Arts Producers #6 – Open Call
Apply now for the Academy for Performing Arts Producers #6. Submission deadline is 31 October 2022.
Publication Claiming Common Spaces III – “Corona Iconics”
We are pleased to present “Corona Iconics”, a publication by the Alliance of International Production Houses, which was created as a participatory project with the audience as part of the third edition of the Claiming Common Spaces series initiated by the seven Alliance Houses. More here.
Spy on Me #4 @ HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin
For the fourth time since 2018, HAU invites you to “Spy on Me” – the festival of artistic manoeuvrers for the digital present, supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses. After the previous two editions having taken place online, this time, we’re pleased to be able to present artists from Berlin and around the world not just virtually but also on site, in the flesh. This year’s focus is on our “New Companions” – all those devices and programmes that so naturally accompany us through our everyday lives these days, from GPS to memes, face filters and virtual assistants like Alexa or Siri. But we’re also talking about old companions that are coming back into focus due to pandemics and climate catastrophes: fungi, plants, animals, microorganisms. Now that we live in a more-than-human world that includes all natural beings and artificial creatures, the challenge is to rethink this interconnectedness. “Spy on Me #4” imagines an alternative future where technology and nature are connected not in an ecology of exploitation but rather through constructive resonance.
Impressions from the opening of Claiming Common Spaces IV: Cool Down in HELLERAU
Impressions of Claiming Common Spaces IV: Cool Down at PACT Zollverein
Coming soon: Claiming Common Spaces IV
Claiming Common Spaces IV: Cool Down – programme online
Under the motto “Cool Down”, the fourth edition of “Claiming Common Spaces” will focus on our interaction with planet Earth from an artistic perspective. It will take place from 20 – 26 June at PACT Zollverein in Essen and from 1 – 9 July at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts in Dresden. The programme is online!
Letter of intent to support the voices of Ukrainian artists in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and across Europe
On the initiative of Stas Zhyrkov, Intendant Left Bank Theatre (Kyiv/Ukraine), 70 cultural institutions, including the Alliance of International Production Houses, have so far signed the following farewell declaration, which was sent to the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine on March 14: letter of intend.
Statement of Solidarity with the Ukrainian people
The Alliance of International Production Houses condemns in the strongest possible terms the invasion and start of war by Russian troops in Ukraine and the related blatant violation of international law. We are shocked by the extent of the violation of human rights, the violence against the Ukrainian population and the extraordinary threat to peace in Europe.
We declare our solidarity with all peace-loving people and we stand up for the protection of democratic, open societies. As internationally working production houses, we use our contacts and networks to give a voice to and stand by threatened artists and colleagues with our means and work programmes.
Here you find statements of Ukrainian artists: VOICES FROM UKRAINE
Альянс міжнародних виробників рішуче засуджує початок війни і вторгнення російських військ в Україну та пов’язане з цим різке порушення міжнародного права. Ми шоковані рівнем порушень прав людини, насильством проти українського населення та надзвичайною загрозою миру в Європі.
Ми заявляємо про нашу солідарність з усіма миролюбними людьми і стаємо на захист демократичних, відкритих суспільств. Як міжнародні виробникі, ми використовуємо наші контакти та мережі, щоб надати голос митцям і колегам, яким загрожує небезпека, і підтримати їх у наших можливостях та робочих програмах.
Academy for Performing Arts Producers #5 – Open Call
While the previous 3 academies were based on an application process, we held a special alumni edition in 2021 called ALLES ANDERS. The Open Call for the Academy for Performing Arts Producers #5 is now online and can be found here. Application deadline is November 15.
CLAIMINC COMMON SPACES III: WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREZONE
After CLAIMING COMMON SPACES had to be cancelled last year, Kampnagel has now developed a variant that can take place and yet is not a purely digital event. Piggybacking with the Live Art Festival, CLAIMING COMMON SPACES III will be experienced from June 03 – 13 at Kampnagel in Hamburg, but also partly in the cities of the alliance houses. WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREZONE is an experimental arrangement for a time in which we learn encounters again and anew. More information will follow shortly here.
Open Call: Corona Iconics
From 3 to 13 June 2021 Kampnagel in Hamburg will host the third instalment of CLAIMING COMMON SPACES, this time under the title WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREZONE. More information about the festival here.
In advance of the festival, the 7 members of the alliance are issuing an open call for participation:
Arts and Encounters Academy
The Alliance of International Production Houses created the Arts and Encounters Academy as a forum for networking and ongoing professional training for individuals who are already active in shaping the space between art and society – as well as for those who are interested in doing so in the future. Application deadline for the first edition was 5 April 2021.
Find further information here.
As representatives of public cultural and research institutions in Germany, we share a mandate from the state to promote arts and culture, historical research and democratic education and to make these accessible to the general public. Toward this end, we rely on a public sphere that welcomes controversial debates in accordance with the norms of the German constitution. At the center of our initiative lies a common struggle against antisemitism, racism, right-wing extremism and any form of violent religious fundamentalism. Please find here the statement (for English, sccoll down).