Symposium "Perceptions"

Audience Research
Communication Praxis
7. December 2021 | 10:00 -
Theater im Delphi, Gustav-Adolf-Straße 2, 13086 Berlin

Symposium "Perceptions"

Audience Development & Communication

This year as well, we are dedicating a symposium to the perspective of our audiences and the practice of communication – and this time, we can finally do it live again! Together with you, we want to learn more about the perspectives and habits of perception. From what position do we watch productions? To what extent does our identity, our body as well as factors such as space and language play a role?
Symposium Perceptions
December 7, 2021, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Theater im Delphi, Gustav-Adolf-Straße 2, 13086 Berlin

This symposium will be conducted in German. If needed, personal simultaneous interpretation into English can be provided. You are welcome to inform us of these needs or bring other needs, questions and suggestions to our attention by November 28 by sending us an email. You can register to attend until December 5, 2021, please send your complete name, address and telephone number to: fachtag2021 [at]
This symposium is currently being planned as an analog event with physical attendance. Due to the measures that have been put in place to combat the pandemic, however, the number of participants is limited. In order to make as much of the content as accessible as possible despite this, we are planning a digital gathering for January of 2022.



From 10:00 am: Registration & Coffee

Morning Block: Keynote Presentations and Discussion

We will start the day with a series of brief keynote presentations from a variety of perspectives and then talk about them over the course of a subsequent round of discussion.

10:30 am: Official Welcome & Presentation of the Schedule of Events

10:40 am: Impulses
Members of the Arts and Culture Community Approach the Topics of the Symposium From a Variety of Perspectives

A Change of Perspective or We Do Not See the World As It Is, But Instead As We Are
By Sandra Rasch (theater pedagogue, RambaZamba Theater)
After a theater performance, the audience members talk about what they have seen. In general, the audience members decode “the signs” that they have seen on stage. What happens with the audience, however, when an inclusive ensemble is on stage? Do the different performing bodies have an influence on what the audience members see and how they interpret what they have seen?

Class and Body
By Josephine Findeisen (performer, choreographer)
Together, we will listen to a short audio work from the research project A WORK THAT DOESN'T WORK or WE MIGHT AS WELL BE ON CRYSTAL (2017). This multi-part research project examines the physical effects of poverty and class differences as well as social codes in dance and cultural institutions (in the German-speaking world). This will be followed by a brief keynote presentation of critical classism perspectives.

Life – Everyone Knows What It's Like To Be?
By Mmakgosi Kgabi (theater, improvisation artist and performance coach)

Additional speakers will be announced soon.

11:15 am: Coffee Break

11:30 am: Round of Discussion on the Topic of Perceptions
Moderated by Dr. Carina Pape (philosopher)

12:30 pm: Lunch Break


Afternoon Block: Workshops, Presentation of Ideas and Brainstorming, Closing

The workshop will open a space where we can continue to actively explore the topic of our own perception on a series of different levels.

1:30 pm: Presentation of Workshops

2:00 pm:
Workshop A: Art in Private: The Perceptual Notion of Creating (in English)

Developed and facilitated by Golnar Tabibzadeh (visual artist, storyteller, visual researcher)

Workshop B: Seeing with Your Ears
By and with Lavinia Knop-Walling (storyteller, workshop leader, blogger)
"Seeing with Your Ears" is a workshop in which cultural practitioners and those interested in inclusion learn to see with their ears and hands. Blind people struggle daily with prejudices that determine what they can and cannot do. Often they are touched without being asked, shifted without comment and labeled as helpless.
In two hours, participants will learn through practical exercises how to orient themselves blindly in space, what obstacles blind people face in the theater, and how cultural offerings can be made more accessible. The workshop in the dark will be led by Lavinia Knop-Walling. Lavinia is blind herself and works freelance for inclusive cultural projects such as the "Berliner Spielplan Audiodeskription" by Förderband e.V. and "Find Your Voice" by Kulturregen gUG.

4:00 pm Presentation of Ideas and Brainstorming: A Supporters’ Association for the Independent Performing Arts Community
In the spring of 2022, the Berlin Performing Arts Program will launch the project Supporters’ Association for Berlin’s Independent Performing Arts Community. We would like to present our current plans for the project and personally discuss desires and needs.

Beginning at 4:30 pm, we will comfortably bring the event to a close together with coffee, Glühwein (mulled spiced wine) and gingerbread.


Important Information For Registration

We make our very best efforts to make our events as accessible as possible. This symposium will be conducted in German spoken language. If needed, personal simultaneous interpretation into English can be provided. We ask you to please inform us if would like to use this service or have additional needs, questions or suggestions by sending an email to fachtag2021 [at] by November 28, at the latest. You can register to attend until December 5, 2021, please send your complete name, address and telephone number.

This symposium is currently being planned as an analog event with physical attendance. The Theater im Delphi has a mechanical ventilation system. Due to the current situation, changes to the hygiene concept are possible. We are endeavoring to realize a 2G+ regulation (verifiably vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19 plus a same-day negative rapid test result). The hygiene concept will be presented upon registration in the beginning of December.

Registration until December 5, 2021:
fachtag2021 [at]