pre.formance reloaded (in english)

pre.formance reloaded – Seminar Series for English-Speaking Artists and Culture Makers

Application Deadline:
September 24, 2018

For the second time we are offering the seminar series pre.formance for English-speaking artists and culture makers who would like to begin working within Berlin’s independent performing arts community.

A total of five seminars building upon each other will illuminate, examine and investigate the individual steps from the first idea for a production through to networking and communication.
You ideas will be brought into focus and specified in the laboratory (seminar A), expressed in the form of a funding application text in the space for development (seminar B) and the space for economics (seminar C), concentrates on identifying financing options and funding instruments. In the space for production (seminar D), the highs and lows of an artistic everyday life producing art and methods for dealing with this self-confidently will be illuminated and opportunities for guest performances and networking will be generated in the showcase (seminar E).

Over the course of this process-focused series, the participants will be provided tools in order to be able to optimally implement their projects and position themselves more clearly.

•    The series is divided into 5 seminars, which are each 7 hours long and will be    conducted in English.
•    A certificate will be issued to all participants in the seminar series.
•    The number of participants is limited to 12.
•    Participation in the series of seminars is free of charge.
•    The seminar series will be held in English.
•    You must agree to attend all five seminars in order to participate.

Please send your application (if you like in English) with a short statement of motivation by September 24, 2018 to:

Program of pre.formance reloaded

Kick-Off Event
With: Eva Hartmann, Kristin Guttenberg and Christina Runge
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Venue: EDEN*****, Breite Strasse 43, 13187 Berlin, Pankow

Seminar A - Create Spaces for Reflection
Seminar Director: Eva Hartmann
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: EDEN*****, Breite Strasse 43, 13187 Berlin, Pankow

Space for ideas – it all starts here. The seed for projects and productions is planted here. In this seminar, there will be the opportunity to generate ideas and make a final decision regarding which idea you would like to work further with over the course of pre.formance. In individual as well as group work, the seminar offers you tools and opportunities to first bring forth a flood of ideas without valuation and lets you decide which one you would like to place at the very top of your to do list and prepare for implementation and/or which one you would like to realize first.

Seminar B - Space for Development: The Concept
Seminar Director: Christina Runge
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: EDEN*****, Breite Strasse 43, 13187 Berlin, Pankow

From the idea to the concept... views the concept not only as the means to an end - the funding application or grant application - but also as a method for structuring and focusing one's own artistic work: what topics and motifs engage me and in which format, where and with whom do I want to engage with them? Using practical approaches, we will examine in groups how an idea can be expressed in a concept* while reflecting our goals as artists and culture makers at the same time.

*Each participant is asked to bring a project approach

Seminar C - Space for Economics: Resources
Seminar Director: Katja Sonnemann
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Lettrétage Berlin, Mehringdamm

The artistic concept is ready. Now all that is missing are the financial resources to realize the project. What kinds of funding opportunities are out there? How can the concept be tailored to the various funding instruments? What should be kept in mind when putting together a budget? 

Seminar D - The Space for Production: Confidently Dealing with the Highs and Lows of Everyday Life as a Professional
Workshop Director: Eva Hartmann
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm     
Where: Im leeren Raum, Ebersstraße 27, 10827 Berlin

Now the work, the production has been created and you are encountering resistance. Working both theoretically and practically, this seminar will use individual and group work to pursue the questions: How do I handle doubts and blocks over the course of everyday life? How do I motivate myself? How do I (re)gain trust in myself and self-confidence? How do I manage to continuously pose myself new challenges as an artist and culture maker and open new horizons for myself? How do I handle doubts during the artistic process of creation? How do I motivate myself? What are my working and communication processes and how can I adapt myself to ever-changing circumstances?

Seminar E - Showcase: Networks and Distribution
Workshop Director: Katja Sonnemann
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: EDEN*****, Breite Strasse 43, 13187 Berlin, Pankow

You’ve survived the premiere! Now what?
What opportunities are there for me to preset my work at other locations in Germany and abroad? What strategies can I develop to generate interest about my work with other presenters and producers? How do I network myself nationally and internationally to find co-producers and have my work presented at other performance venues or festivals?
What venues and festivals are the ones that are most relevant for me? What networks, platforms, open calls and funding opportunities are there?

The Workshop Directors

Eva Hartmann is a accredited Relational Dynamics 1st coach since 2013, freelance dramatic adviser and manager/producer in Berlin. MA in theatre sciences about Joseph Beuys and his actions.Selected works amongst others: International Theatre Academy Ruhr, Bochum, 1999; performance festival reich & berühmt, Podewil Berlin; collaboration with several artists; since 2002 international manager, producer and dramatic adviser for the German/English Arts Collective Gob Squad
(;  board of directors LAFT Berlin in 2009/2010. Lectures and workshops for universities and cultural organizations as well as mentor for young artists and producers. Increasingly interested in the way we live, work and communicate with ourselves and each other and to find the most appropriate way to do so.

Christina Runge lives in Berlin working as a freelance dramaturg and producer.
From 2002-2005 she worked as an assistant to the artistic director and dramaturg at Prater of Volksbuehne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin with theatre, performance and film artists such as René Pollesch, Stefan Pucher, Schorsch Kamerun, Jan Ritsema, Tim Staffel, Lorenz/Kuster/Boudry and hangover ltd.
Since 2006 she works as a freelancer on performance, theatre and film productions of various artists such as German-British arts collective Gob Squad, hangover ltd., Interrobang, Lindy Annis, La Hengst / Mueller-Klug and Schorsch Kamerun.
 She also curated site specific projects such as the mobile container theatre „Rollende Road Schau“ of Volksbuehne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (2003-2006) and in 2014 „Be Part of Something Bigger“ in cooperation with Gob Squad, a long weekend at HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin reflecting on the collective as a concept and working method.
And again since 2006 she held lectures and workshops in Alexandria/Egypt, Hildesheim/Germany, Leipzig/Germany, Manchester/UK and elsewhere.

Katja Sonnemann
completed her studies in applied theater studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen in 1996. During and following her studies, she worked as an assistant director to Heiner Goebbels in Paris, organized various student festivals, became the tour manager for Sasha Waltz & Guests in 1998 and began coordinating the administrative office of the artistic leadership of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Thomas Ostermeier/Sasha Waltz) at the beginning of 1999.  She started in 1999 as a staff member and then became the director of the artistic administration office at the Schaubühne. She began working as a freelance production manager and tour manager in 2002 for (Constanza Macras and a wide variety of other artists). She was the director of artistic production of the 2005 Theater der Welt festival in Stuttgart (under the artistic leadership of Marie Zimmermann), was the chief scheduler at Maxim Gorki Theater from 2006 to 2009 (during Armin Petra’s tenure as artistic director) and worked with Rimini Protokoll as an independent producer from 2010-2012. She has worked as the company manager of andcompany&Co. Since 2012 and has been part of the agency Wilson*Borles Arts Management, which is one of the three agencies working under a framework agreement for the German Federal Cultural Foundation, since 2013. In 2017, she initiated and created AKADEMIE für Performing Arts Producer des Bündnisses International Produktionhäuser e.V. (academy for performing arts producers within the alliance of international production venues) which is implemented for the first time in 2018. She is a mentor and advisor in the independent performing arts community.